Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program


Per the federal regulations contained in 49 CFR Part 26, Electronic Code of Federal regulations, Independent, for-profit firms, 51% owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) that control management and daily business operations.


Socially Disadvantaged Individuals:

  • Women
  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian Americans

Economically Disadvantaged Individuals:

  • Personal Net Worth of majority owner(s) must not exceed $1.32M
  • A firm must also be a small business concern as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations in 13 CFR part 121. In addition, 49 CFR part 26 provides a cap of $23.98 million average gross receipts over a three year period for DBE

U.S. Citizens (or lawfully admitted permanent residents)

Certifiers make the determinations based upon personal interviews, reviews of licenses, stock ownership, equipment, bonding capacity, work completed, resumes of principal owners, financial capacity and most cases on-site visits.



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