The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) is a legislatively mandated USDOT program that applies to Federal-aid highway dollars expended on federally-assisted contracts issued by USDOT recipients, which includes State Transportation Agencies (STA). NCDOT is a USDOT recipient. The DBE program ensures that federally assisted contracts for highway, transit and aviation projects are made available for small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established the DBE/SS Program to provide training, assistance, and services to DBEs certified in the DBE program to increase their activity in the program, and to facilitate the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on Federally- assisted highway projects. Additionally, all STAs must implement DBE supportive services based on a business development model that provides for evaluation of DBE firms in order to provide structured, firm-specific training and development.
FHWA annually apportions the DBE/SS funds to STA for the purpose of carrying out a DBE/SS program. The FHWA approves funding only if STAs demonstrate the ability to directly assist certified DBEs' development through identifiable, metric-based results. For FFY 2014, NCDOT received $358,063.
Visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/civilrights/programs/dbess.cfm for more information about the DBE and DBE/SS programs.
If you have concerns, questions, or comments about the DBE Supportive Services program, you are encouraged to submit them in writing to Trent Rawley, Director of Civil Rights, 1511 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1511 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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