Presentation on theme: "DBE Supportive Services Equal Employment Opportunity Office Idaho Transportation Department USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program."— Presentation transcript:
DBE Supportive Services Equal Employment Opportunity Office Idaho Transportation Department USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
2 The DBE Program … Is a Federal Program (USDOT) administered by a State Agency (ITD) Applies to all transportation modes Highway, Aviation & Transit Helps disadvantaged business owners compete for transportation-related contracts
3 What’s It Supposed to Do? Help remove barriers to DBE working on USDOT-assisted projects Assist in the development of firms so they can successfully compete outside the program DBE Supportive Services Ensure only firms meeting eligibility standards can participate as DBEs
4 What Exactly Is a “DBE”? A DBE is a small, for-profit business concern that is at least 51% owned & controlled by socially & economically disadvantaged individuals.
5 Qualifying as a “DBE” Firm is existing, operational & for profit Firm is independent & self-sufficient No “umbilical cord” relationships Small Business Concern Size limits based on SBA’s standards per NAICS code Cannot exceed USDOT’s $22.41 million ceiling
6 Qualifying as a “DBE” ” Presumed to be “Socially & Economically Disadvantaged” Asian-Indian Americans Asian-Pacific Americans Black Americans Hispanic Americans Native Americans Women
7 Case-By-Case Basis (White Males) Chronic & Substantial Social Disadvantage in the U.S. Negative impact in business world because of social disadvantage Qualifying as a “DBE”
8 HOWEVER: Presumption of “social & economic disadvantage” is rebutted if adjusted personal net worth – excluding primary residence & interest in applicant business – exceeds $1.32 Million Qualifying as a “DBE”
9 Owner has Operational & Managerial Control Highest authority No limits or restrictions Can delegate, but still retain ultimate authority Owners can establish at least 51% ownership Documentation of capital contributions used to start business
10 Becoming/Remaining a DBE Certification Process DBE SS Coordinator reviews app, requests additional info as needed Committee makes eligibility determination Decisions can be appealed Annual “No Change” Affidavits Cert Renewal every 3 Years Must be certified in home state before applying in other states
11 Why Do Applications Get Denied? Lack of Documentation Lack of Experience Lack of Control Emerging rather than Operational
12 DBE Benefits $800 Business Development Grants One-on-One Bidding, Contract, Project Documentation Assistance Free Plans & Specs for Subs Inclusion in DBE Directories Free Plans & Specs for Subs Invitations to Bid from / Referrals to Prime Contractors
13 DBE Benefits Monthly DBE Newsletters* Bi-weekly Business Training Calendar ings* Workshops* *Available to non-DBEs, too!
14 More Advantages of Being a DBE DBE Participation Goal on Federal-Aid Transportation Projects (Design & Construction) Proposed DBE Annual Participation Goal for FFY2012 is 6% for Highways, 0% Aviation, 7% Transit Other Agencies have DBE Goals EPA, HUD
15 Race/Gender-Neutral 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Western States Paving Co. v. WSDOT in 2005 DBE Program not “narrowly tailored” State must produce evidence to support goal- setting USDOT instructed western states to cease goal-setting until disparity studies in place All current participation for ITD is “race/gender-neutral” ITD currently conducting Disparity Study Update
16 What Do DBEs Do For Us? Consulting, contracting & supplying for the planning, design and construction of highways, airports & public transportation systems
17 Graduation Ideally, DBEs outgrow the Program: Exceed business size or PNW limits Build working relationships with primes outside DBE program Acquire managerial & technical skills to successfully compete with non-DBEs
Liz Healas Phone: (208) Toll-Free: (800) if you would like further information about the DBE Program.