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Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s DBE Certification

Why Get DBE and ACDBE Certifications from the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT)?

The DBE Program is designed for small business owners considered “socially and economically disadvantaged.” This program, while operating under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), is individually administered at the local state level by the Department of Transportation. Applicant firms must first be approved as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the US Department of Transportation in the state where they reside, before applying for the same certification in another state within the US and its territories.

The application process for DBE Certification is perhaps as rigorous as the application process for Small Business Administration’s 8 (a) Certification, and many of the same terms, conditions and restrictions apply therein.

Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s DBE Certification

Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s DBE Certification

Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s DBE Certification

Why Get DBE and ACDBE Certifications from the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT)?

The DBE Program is designed for small business owners considered “socially and economically disadvantaged.” This program, while operating under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), is individually administered at the local state level by the Department of Transportation. Applicant firms must first be approved as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the US Department of Transportation in the state where they reside, before applying for the same certification in another state within the US and its territories.

The application process for DBE Certification is perhaps as rigorous as the application process for Small Business Administration’s 8 (a) Certification, and many of the same terms, conditions and restrictions apply therein.

To achieve the certification of a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), the interested small business must meet, among other things, the following conditions:

  1. Be a fully operational business and exist for profit in good condition.
  2. Comply with the Federal Government programmatic definitions of a small business.
  3. Be an independent, self-sufficient business and not count on or depend on the resources of another company, other facilities or staff to subsist or operate daily.
  4. Owners who apply for DBE certifications must comply with the programmatic definitions of being “socially disadvantaged” in individual terms.
  5. Applicants who own small businesses must own a minimum of 51% of the firm and have a stock option in the firm.
  6. The net worth of the owner must not exceed US$ 1.32 million.
  7. The owners who apply must clearly have control of the daily operations of the firm and have a curriculum or experience to demonstrate their skills in order to manage the company for which they are applying.
  8. Majority business owners (51% or greater) must be US citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

Be part of the new business opportunities with the new bill for infrastructure development with a budget of US$ 1.5 trillion dollars.

If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or citizen of the United States, your firm may be a good candidate for this specialized contracting program of the US Government. Remember that this program is not only for engineering, construction, surveying or construction materials firms, but also for professional services firms, such as public relations, training and communications.

We can also help you establish a strategic alliance with a bona fide firm already certified with that credential to position it strategically so that your company does business with the US Government.

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