Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

DBE is a company level diversity certification. DBE certifications are usually issued at the state level through the state’s Department of Transportation and often used as a designation for companies that wish to bid on Department of Transportation contracts. Generally, for an organization to be eligible for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, the company must be at least 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged person. There may be additional requirements based on net worth or company size.

DBE certification is usually intended for companies wishing to work on Department of Transportation contracts.

Organizations wishing to become DBE certified should contact the appropriate government body for their state, usually the state Department of Transportation. Generally the certification process involves completing an application and undergoing an on-site review conducted by the certifying body.