Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Information
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a federal program managed by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to recruit socially and/or economically disadvantaged firms in DOT sponsored projects. The goals of the program are to remedy past and current discrimination against disadvantaged business enterprises, ensure a “level playing field” in which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts, improve the flexibility and efficiency of the DBE program, and reduce burdens on small businesses.
Any transportation related project, including aviation, highway, or public transportation, which is supported in whole or in part by federal funding, must include an opportunity for DBE participation.
Because the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) receives federal funding from the Department of Transportation, it must in turn utilize as much as possible of that funding with small, minority-owned, and/or woman-owned companies.
Please note that DBE status is not required to do business with CCRTA; however, the CCRTA must seek out and certify eligible and interested firms in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas. Each year the CCRTA must report back to the Department of Transportation how much of their funding went to DBEs and it can only count those that are certified as such.
• A business must be 51% owned, controlled, and managed by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
• A business must be a small business as defined Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards. The firm’s average annual gross receipts over the previous three fiscal years must not exceed U.S. DOT’s cap of $22.41 million.
• Effective February 28, 2011, the Personal Net Worth (PNW) of each socially and economically disadvantaged owner must not exceed $1,320,000. Items excluded from disadvantaged owner’s net worth calculation are his/her personal residence and ownership interest in the applicant firm.
• Only U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent residents are eligible for certification.
• Applicants need only apply once for DBE certification that will be honored by all recipients in the state. Reciprocity with other Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) members includes Texas Department of Transportation, City of Houston, North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, and South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency.
• Registers your business with Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide DBE Directory
• DBE Certification enables qualified vendors to bid not only on CCRTA projects, but the opportunity to bid statewide for all DOT transportation modes, including Aviation, Highways, and Public Transportation.
• DBE Certification also provides your company with numerous other benefits such as contract information, referrals, technical assistance, and referrals to prime contractors.
Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26.81, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority participates in Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP). The other TUCP Certifying Partners are the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), City of Houston, City of Austin, North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), and South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA). A firm that is certified through any of the partner agencies will be considered “certified” throughout the State of Texas. Certified firms will be included in the TUCP DBE Directory which may be accessed at the Texas Department of Transportation website.
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