Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

DBEThe DBE program helps level the playing field for minority and woman owned small businesses with TxDOT and other agencies that receive federal funds from the US DOT. The focus of this program is on those business owners who can attest to having been socially and/or economically disadvantaged in their business pursuits.

Per the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority’s web site,

The goals of the program are to remedy past and current discrimination against disadvantaged business enterprises, ensure a “level playing field” in which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts, improve the flexibility and efficiency of the DBE program, and reduce burdens on small businesses.

Any transportation related project, including aviation, highway, or public transportation, which is supported in whole or in part by federal funding, must include an opportunity for DBE participation.”

Benefits of the DBE program:

Applicants need only apply once for DBE certification that will be honored by all recipients in the state. Reciprocity with other Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) members includes Texas Department of Transportation, City of Houston, North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, and South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency.

  • Registers your business with Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide DBE Directory
  • DBE Certification enables qualified vendors to bid not only on CCRTA projects, but the opportunity to bid statewide for all DOT transportation modes, including Aviation, Highways, and Public Transportation.

DBE Certification also provides your company with numerous other benefits such as contract information, referrals, technical assistance, and referrals to prime contractors.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A business must be 51% owned, controlled, and managed by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • A business must be a small business as defined Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards. The firm’s average annual gross receipts over the previous three fiscal years must not exceed U.S. DOT’s cap of $22.41 million.
  • Effective February 28, 2011, the Personal Net Worth (PNW) of each socially and economically disadvantaged owner must not exceed $1,320,000. Items excluded from disadvantaged owner’s net worth calculation are his/her personal residence and ownership interest in the applicant firm.
  • Only U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent residents are eligible for certification.

If you would like to learn more about this certification program or would like to apply for it, you may call the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Del Mar College at 361-698-1021 for more information.