What is a DBE Program?
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a
federally mandated program intended to ensure nondiscriminatory
contracting opportunities for small business concerns owned and
controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged
individuals in the United States Department of Transportation’s
(USDOT) highway, mass transit and airport financial assistance
What is the goal of this program?
The overall goal of the program is to provide
opportunities to provide small businesses owned and operated by
socially & economically disadvantaged individuals the
opportunity to participate in highway construction programs.
Am I eligible?
All contractors, whether prime or subcontractor,
desiring to participate as a DBE must be certified. A firm
seeking certification has to meet requirements concerning group
membership or individual disadvantage, business size, ownership
and control. A firm (including its affiliates) must meet the
49 Certification for Federal Requirements (CFR) part
26, Subpart D, concerning group membership or individual
disadvantage, business size, ownership and control.
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