Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

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The federal DBE Program is an integral part of the procurement process for federally funded projects. It is an outreach program to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) which is a prerequisite for receiving federal funds, particularly from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DBE Program:

  • Certifies Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  • Administers the race-neutral DBE program for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Assists DBEs during the bidding process.
  • Monitors DBE participation in federally funded projects.
  • Holds at least one seminar per year for DBEs and/or prime contractors.
  • Provides general outreach to the community through participation in local associations, organizations, including ethnic chambers of commerce, and groups interested in small business development.