EEO provides valuable services to businesses working with ITD

Ken Angell
Human Resources Equal Employment Opportunity (HR EEO) manager

First off, I’d like to say that I am excited to work with you and help you and your business be successful. I learned a valuable lesson recently, and I would like to share it with you.

I was standing on a public street with a group of state and city employees reviewing an upcoming road project when a gentleman approached the group I was with – we were wearing orange reflective vests so we were difficult to miss — and asked us just what we were doing.

Upon learning that we were state and city employees, he shared some colorful opinions about government services, and he made sure we knew where to stick them.

This experience reminded me that many believe quality customer service and government functions are incompatible. Although this is a commonly held belief, there is no reason why it should be this way.

The ITD EEO section exists to help you successfully do business in Idaho in many ways: not only with getting you comfortably situated with federal laws and guidelines, but also through skills trainings and service referrals.

More specifically, we assist you with:

  • DBE certification application process
  • Contractors' trainings
  • Compliance with complicated federal EEO laws and Idaho state guidelines

We are eager to help you and we will do this through a variety of avenues. In the coming months, we will be providing around the state a free workshop “Doing Business with the Government”—as a matter of fact, the last workshop was held on Sept. 5.

In addition, to help your organization successfully navigate federal-employment regulations and guidelines, we provide EEO/non-discrimination training to public agencies and businesses contracting to do federal-aid projects.

The bottom line is that we are here to help you, not “bust” you, so please contact us when you need assistance or when you have questions. You will be glad you did!

NOTE: This article appeared in 'ITD Business News,' produced by the Equal Employment Opportunity office

Published 9-6-13