There are three ways for small DBE companies in Virginia to obtain transportation and related projects:

They are from federal government, from state and local governments and from private industries.  Federal, state, and certain local government funded projects include set-asides for DBEs. In each contract, a certain percentage of the work must be reserved for services from small, minority owned and woman owned companies.  The private industries funded projects do not have set-asides.

In order to be eligible for the set-asides, a company must first obtain certifications.  Most certificates from the Federal government can be applied to more than one state. For example, companies participate in the SBA 8(a) Program can work on projects within their capabilities throughout the United States. FedBizOpps is point of entry for federal government procurement over $25,000.00. SBA provides contract resources for small business, for programs such as SAM, GSA schedules and so on. Application procedure for state funded projects varies with each state. Certificates received from state governments are applicable to most of the local governments within the state.

Doing Business in Virginia:

For companies to be eligible to receive Virginia State set aside contracts, the company must apply for DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) or SWaM (Small, Woman and Minority Owned  Companies) certifications issued by Virginia Department pf Small Business and  Supplier Directory (SBSD). The office is located at 101 N 14th Street, 11th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219. In addition to DBE and SWaM certifications, there are also SDV for disabled veterans, and application for Micro Business, which is for small companies with 35 or less employees and One million or less annual gross income to be eligible to receive special set aside contracts .  For more information  contact Mr. Calvin Thweatt, Director of Certification, phone number: 824-786-3109, email address: calvin.thweattt@sbsd.virginia.gov, or  Whitney Booker, DBE Certification Supervisor, phone number: 804-786-7694, or LaVerne Greenhill, SWaM Certification Officer, phone number 804-786-1717, email address: laverne.greenhille@sbsd.virginia.gov.  Veterans who are small business owners must seek certifications from Virginia Department of Veteran Services .  For local jurisdictions, certification varies depending on  regulations of the cities and counties. 

Doing Business with Maryland

A company must be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) to be eligible to receive Maryland State funded contract, contracts funded by counties and cities in Maryland, and contracts issued by U.S. Department of Transportation. MDOT’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) is the State’s official certification agency. OMBE conducts free monthly workshops to assist certification application process. The completed Uniform Certification Application Form, Personal Net Worth Form and supporting documents must be submitted to Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076.

For more information contact OMBE at 410-865- 1269 or send email to mbe@mdot.state.md.us

Doing Business with the District of Columbia

When a business is certified as a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) by Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) it will receive preference in procurement opportunities offered by the District of Columbia.  DSLBD is located at 441 4th Street N.W., Suite 850 North, Washington D.C. 20001. Phone number: 202-727-3900.

In order to be eligible to be certified as CBE, a company’s principal office must be located in the District of Columbia.  The CEO and executive officers of the company must perform their duties at this office. More than 50% of the company employees must be residents of the District. The owners that own 50% or more of the business must be residents of the District. 50% or more of the business assets other than bank accounts are located in the District, and more than 50% of the company’s gross rceipts are District gross receipts.