Small Business Technical Assistance Resources and Programs
Secretary Anthony Foxx is committed to furthering the goals and objectives of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and ensuring its success for the small disadvantaged firms that seek contracting opportunities funded by state and local governments, and public transit and airport sponsors. It is vitally important that these businesses are aware of the resources and services that the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has to offer. The OSDBU’s Small Business Transportation Resource Centers, in 13 locations throughout the country, provide essential business assistance services including bonding education, short-term lending opportunities, networking events, free business coaching, technical workshops and information on procurement opportunities. The OSDBU’s services tailored for DBEs are posted to the Departmental Office of Civil Rights’ (DOCR) website at www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/osdbu-technical-assistance-brochure.
In November 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) implemented a new reporting requirement in the final Disadvantaged Business Enterprise rule to collect information required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). All State Departments of Transportation should report data to DOCR by January 1, 2016. For more details on the information that should be reported, click to view the memorandum from Ms. Stephanie Jones, Senior Counselor to the Secretary and Chief Opportunities Officer.
DBE Application Tripwires
Application “tripwires” can delay the processing of an application for DBE certification or even lead certifiers to deny an application. To assist DBE certification applicants avoid these errors, we developed a tip sheet. It is a great tool to assist you in the DBE certification process. The sooner you get certified, the sooner you can start competing for more contracts. To view the tip sheet, click here.
DBE Academy Training Event
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and DOCR are hosting a collaborative DBE training! This will be a FREE 3-day training on November 30 through December 2. The training will be held at the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Training Conference Center in Hanover, MD. For more information on the event and to register, please click here.
DBE/ACDBE Training Program
DOCR is pleased to introduce its newly updated online DBE/ACDBE Training program. This training program, a 12-hour web based training, is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the DBE certification process. To access the DBE/ACDBE online training, please visit our website. Scroll down to the section titled Online DBE/ACDBE Training and Resources to access the training program.