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Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise Program

The primary goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field. We provide small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive federal financial assistance to establish goals for the participation of DBEs. Our department reviews the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establishes contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

“I encourage DBE firms to continue to vigorously PURSUE opportunities that will help build your company’s capacity so you can WIN contracts, and EXECUTE your contractual commitment at a high level.” ~U.S. Congresswoman Gwendolyn Moore.

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Who is eligible to be a DBE?

For-profit, small businesses are eligible to be a DBE if socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and control and manage daily business operations. African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Native American, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged; other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis. DBE Certification Criteria

DBE Certification

The Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) for the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs in Texas. ATP will
accept DBE certifications from the TUCP members listed:

  • City of Austin
  • City of Houston
  • Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority
  • North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
  • South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
  • Texas Department of Transportation
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Contact Info

Courtney Chavez, Senior Vice President of Equity & Community Partnerships
Keisha L. Gash, Manager, DBE Compliance