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Minority Business Enterprises Certification.
Women’S Business Enterprise Certification (WBE).
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification (DBE).
National Minority Suppliers Development Council Certification.
National Women Business Owners Corporation Certification.
SBA 8(A) Certification.
SBA SDB Certification.

Certification Program

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification (DBE)
In projects where federal funds are utilized, federal law mandates a number of requirements with respect to disadvantaged business enterprises ("DBEs"). In terms of public works and construction projects, federal funds are generally used to some extent for major transportation projects in particular. These requirements, which are under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Transportation, include setting of DBE utilization goals, design and implementation of a DBE "program", monitoring and reporting.

To qualify as a DBE, the business must be owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons as defined by DBE Regulation 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. The presumption of disadvantage is refutable. Businesses must submit evidence indicating that:

Bullet Minimum 51% ownership, control, and expertise of the individual(s);
Bullet Control of the daily management and operations of the individual(s)

The business’ size as measured by average annual gross receipts over the most recent three years must be under the specified dollar amounts. These size standards are set according to the business’ North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) code. Depending on the industry, these limits can range from $2.5 million averaged per year to $17.4 million averaged per year. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers must meet an employee size standard ranging between 500 to 1500 employees, depending on the NAICS classification and their average three year gross sales must be less than $17.4 million.

Recently, changes to the DBE regulations require all owner applicants to complete a Statement of Disadvantage and a Personal Financial Statement. All eligible owners must affirm that they are members of a disadvantaged group (for example, an eligible ethnic minority or female). In addition, the personal net worth of each eligible owner applicant must be less than $750,000, excluding the values of the applicant’s ownership interest in the business seeking certification and the owner’s primary residence.

Generally, SDB and DBE certification is done at the local or regional level.