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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

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The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program promotes business opportunities for firms owned by minority, women, and other disadvantaged individuals that are certified as DBEs through the Massachusetts Unified Certification Program (MassUCP). The DBE Program is designed to promote a more diverse pool of bidders on MBTA contracts. 

Couldn't make the public meeting?

On August 21, 2020, we held a virtual public meeting to discuss DBE goal setting for fiscal years 2021 – 2023, upcoming opportunities, and the impact of COVID-19.

View the meeting presentation

About the DBE Program

The MBTA’s DBE Program was established in accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26 and is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a condition of receiving federal assistance. 

Download the MBTA's DBE Policy Statement

See the MBTA's DBE goal for fiscal years 2021 – 2023

View the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

View the Official Questions & Answers Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Regulations

 

How It Works

The development, implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of the DBE Program is managed by the Government Compliance Unit of the MBTA’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR). In partnership with the MBTA’s procurement departments, ODCR identifies business opportunities for certified DBEs.

Once certified and registered as a DBE with the MBTA, businesses benefit from:

  • Being listed in the MassUCP/SDO Directory of Certified Businesses
  • Opportunities to partner with MBTA contractors and vendors on federally funded contracts, and the opportunity to be a prime vendor on contracts
  • Invitations to business forums and networking events

Applying for DBE certification is free. After MassUCP receives your completed application, they will schedule a site visit. Certification decisions are made 30 – 60 days after both of those steps are completed. 

After you are certified, you can create a company profile to be notified of bidding opportunities with the MBTA that match your organization’s industry or service.

View the Guidance Concerning Good Faith Efforts

View the North American Industry Classification System

View the MA Directory of Certified Businesses

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Couldn't make the public meeting?

On August 21, 2020, we held a virtual public meeting to discuss DBE goal setting for fiscal years 2021 – 2023, upcoming opportunities, and the impact of COVID-19.

View the meeting presentation