Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
02/28/2014 03:36 PM)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the DBE Program?
A: The Agency promotes a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, as an affirmative
means to fulfill the philosophy that all business, regardless of ownership, be allowed
equal freedom and opportunity to compete for all contracts. To participate on
federally-aided contracts under the requirements of the W/DBE Program, firms must be
certified by the VTrans. All women and minority business owners providing transportation
construction or related services are encouraged to apply for certification.
Q: How do I get my firm certified?
Click here for an
application. Complete the
application, add the attachments, and mail to us. We'll visit your
business to determine your eligibility. If you need help with the
Melanie Lopez, Tel: (802)
828-5858 Fax:(802) 828-1047
Q: How will this help my firm?
Your firm will be listed in the online VTrans DBE Directory that is
constantly updated. The Directory is included in all VTrans bid
proposals and is an excellent marketing tool for businesses.
Federal agencies, such as SBA, recognize our certification process. In
addition, we provide technical and management assistance to certified
Q: What is a socially or economically
A: A socially or economically disadvantaged
individual is a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States who
is of the following groups, members of which are reputably presumed to be socially and
includes person having origins in any part of the Black racial
groups of Africa;
persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central or
South American, or other Spanish or Portuguese culture or
origin, regardless of race;
includes American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians;
includes persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan,
Korea, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea),
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Samoa,
Guam, The U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific Island (Republic
of Palau), the commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands,
Tonga, Kiribati, Juvalu, Nauru, Federated States of
Micronesia, or Hong Kong;
Americans, includes persons whose origins are from India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands, Nepal or Sri
Any additional groups whose
members are designated as socially and economically
disadvantaged by the SBA, at such time as the SBA designation
My firm is DBE certified by another state department of
transportation, do I have to go through the DBE certification
A: A DBE certification is only valid
in the state in which the certification was issued. Once you have
obtained certification in your home sate, you should contact the DBE
Liaison Officer from the state in which you want to obtain certification
(the full contact list is available at:
They will inform you of the required documents.
certification in Vermont, we require the following information:
A copy of your home
state DBE application;
A copy of your most
current home state DBE certification letter; and
Copies of your
business tax returns for the last three years, documenting gross
receipts. This information should be sent to
Melanie Lopez, Civil Rights & Labor Compliance, Vermont Agency of Transportation,
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier VT 05633-5001
A Personal Net Worth
Statement current within the previous 90 days.
certification is contingent upon review and approval by VTrans. Please be
aware that reciprocal certification is not guaranteed, rather we
will review all materials submitted and may ask additional
questions of your business.
does VTrans require a Personal Net Worth Statement?
The US Department of
Transportation requires proof that participating DBE owners have a net
worth not to exceed $1,320,000. When an individual's net worth
exceeds the $1,320,000 threshold, the individual is no longer eligible to
participate in the DBE Program. Net worth excludes the value of the
business and the primary residence of the owner. If your concerned
about confidentiality, we can review your Personal Net Worth Statement,
certify your eligibility, and return it to you.
How does VTrans establish
goals for DBE participation?
Click here to view Goaling Methodology for all Federally Funded VTrans
Once certified, can a
firm be assured of getting contracts and subcontracts?
A: No. Certification
does not guarantee work to a DBE; however, it does enhance a DBE's
exposure to prime contractors, government agencies, and the business
community. To be successful, a firm must diligently seek out
contracts and implement a strategic marketing plan.
Where can I find
information on upcoming contracting opportunities?
A: Check out the