What is a Disadvantaged Business?
Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification
A small business owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged according to the guidelines in the Federal DBE Program (49 CFR Part 26). Membership in certain race and ethnic groups identified under “minority-owned business enterprise” in this appendix may meet the presumption of socially and economically disadvantaged. Women are also presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged by the federal program. Examination of economic disadvantage also includes investigating the gross revenues and the firm owner's personal net worth (maximum of $750,000 exclusive of equity in a home and in the business). Some minority and women-owned firms do not qualify as DBEs because of the gross revenue or the net worth requirements. A firm owned by a non-minority male can be certified as a DBE if social and economic disadvantage is proven in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26. Tribally-owned concerns can be certified as a DBE if the enterprise meets the requirements in 49 CFR Part 26.
DBE Uniform Certification Application (PDF)
DBE Affidavit For Continuing Eligibility (PDF)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
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