Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
is a legislatively mandated program run by the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure disadvantaged businesses have the opportunity to do business with the N.C. Department of Transportation, which receives federal funding for transportation projects.
According to the
U.S. Small Business Administration
, a disadvantaged business:
- Is 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a women or minorities (e.g., black, Hispanic, Asian American or Native American)
- Has not exceeded an average of $23.98 million in gross annual receipts over a three-year period
- Is owned by women or minorities who have a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million
As part of its commitment to ensure equal opportunity, NCDOT administers several programs that certify businesses as disadvantaged:
Information about how firms can be certified with the N.C. Department of Transportation as disadvantaged is available on Connect NCDOT, the Department's resource website for business partners.