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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise or DBE program of the US DOT was created by Congress to level the playing field and provide small businesses with a fair chance to compete for US DOT assisted contracts. A DBE is a for-profit small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged persons.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) operates a race and gender neutral DBE program. Race neutrality means that DBE contract goals are not set on projects. Without these contract goals, the program is entirely voluntary. However, Prime Contractors are expected to use DBEs and other small businesses as much and as often as possible on FHWA funded projects.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Florida Division firmly believes that the success of a race neutral DBE program depends upon collaborative partnerships between FHWA, FDOT, Prime Contractors, DBEs, industry associations and the public. The Division is committed to assisting its partners with the delivery of a strong and compliant DBE program and to the goal of seeing each DBE eventually graduate as Primes actively working on federal-aid contracts. Please join us in these efforts:

Or you can visit the following links for additional information:

Florida Dept. of Transportation: http://www.fdot.gov/equalopportunity/

Federal Highway Administration: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/civilrights/index.htm
Page last modified on February 23, 2017
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