Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Miami-Dade Transit's (MDT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Miami Dade Transit (MDT) is committed to carry out the DBE Program and to meet the stated objectives, including nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts in MDT's transit programs; creating a level playing field on which DBE firms can compete fairly, and ensuring that MDT's DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
The objectives of Miami Dade Transit's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, and in accordance with 49 CFR 26, is to ensure a "level playing field" and to foster opportunities in DOT assisted contracts, improve the flexibility and efficiency of the DBE program and to reduce the burdens on small businesses, as well as to identify and help remove barriers to the participation of DBE contractors in DOT assisted contracts and ultimately to assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.Back to Top
Owner(s) must own 51 percent of the firm and be a member(s) of one of the following groups:
Women (Regardless of race)
Subcontinent Asian Americans
Any additional groups whose members are designated as socially and economically disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and has a personal net worth not to exceed $1.32 million (minus the value of their principal residence and interest in the business)
- Beacon Council
- SFMSDC - Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
- S.C.O.R.E. Counselor's to America's Small Business
- Miami Chamber of Commerce Access to Special Programs and Seminars throughout the year for members to learn or extend their knowledge and opportunities for their business
- DBE Goal Methodology
- DBE Monitoring
- FTA Letter dated August 2011
Contract Financing Resources
Financial resources are available to assist qualified firms to participate in transportation-related contracts. For loan qualification information, lending procedures and criteria, review the listed programs to determine if these programs offer the financial support that firms may needs to be more competitive.
- United States Department of Transportation's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (DOT/OSDBU). Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with OSDBU’s Small Business Transportation Resource Centers. For more information on the Short-Term Lending Program please email STLPinfo@dot.gov.
- DevCorp Contract Financing Facility, LLC.; this website provides contact information and live assistance. This program offers contract financing for new firms with confirmed contractual agreements in place.
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