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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
What is a DBE?

The U.S. Department Of Transportation (U.S. DOT) regulates the DBE Program and establishes criteria for certification, which applies to DBE-eligible firms seeking contracts funded with federal transportation-related money. A DBE includes small businesses that are at least 51% owned by:

  • Women
  • Minorities: Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans
  • Or other individuals on a case-by-case basis

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 Mission Statement
 Program Objectives
 Program Plan
 Program Waiver
 Annual Goal
 FHWA DBE Program Training
 Small Business Resources Study
 Disparity and Availability Study
 ARRA Review
 What is a DBE?
 Program Certification
 Resource Links
 DBE Forms
 Awards/Commitments and Payments
 Frequently Asked Questions