I think more DBEs should be adding their names to the voluntary plan holders list in Bid Express. Six DBE companies have listed themselves for the December 20th letting. Go to Bid Express and log in. Open up a proposal and click on the Plan Holders / Eligible Bidders link on the right side. Click the Add button to add your company to the Voluntary Plan Holders list. This is no substitute from sending out your sub quotes to the eligible bidders but it is a great way to let the primes know to expect a bid from you.
Bid Express also has a new service called Bid Express Maps - https://maps.bidx.com/ . The proposals that are out for bid are displayed on a map. Not all next door states are included but Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri are listed.