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DBE Program

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 programs.

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 requirements of 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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RELATED LINKS: Letting Information | List of Prequalified Firms | List of Registered Subcontractors | Interest Reports |


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