Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

​​It is the policy of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) to purchase the highest quality of goods and services at the best possible price. In so doing, DDOT will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in the award and performance of any U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) assisted contract or in the administration of DDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program or the requirements of the 49 CFR Part 26.
It is the policy of DDOT to create a level playing field for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, ensure the program is narrowly tailored to applicable law, ensure that only firms that meet eligibility standards participate in the program, and assist in the development of firms so they can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.
DDOT will take every necessary and reasonable steps under 49 CFR Part 26 to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of U.S. Department of Transportation assisted contracts.
It is the intent of DDOT, in compliance with Federal rules and regulations, to develop and implement a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program consists of small businesses that meet three basic criteria:

  • At least 51% owned and controlled by minorities, women or other individuals who face economic obstacles in the marketplace,
  • The owner(s) personal net worth cannot exceed $1.32 million, minus the equity in their business and primary residence and,
  • Meet the criteria of a small business per the Small Business Administration’s guidelines for a small business and the company’s gross receipts cannot exceed $23.98 million dollars, averaged over a three year period,

Certification into the DBE program involves completion of an application with appropriate supporting documentation, and an onsite interview by a certifying entity of the Michigan Unified Certification Program (MUCP). DDOT is a certifying entity of the Michigan Unified Certification Program. The MUCP conducts certifications for all DBE programs throughout the State of Michigan. This creates one DBE directory for the State of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) provides the service for the directory and the link for the DBE directory is located below. The purpose for the MUCP is to provide for “one stop shopping” for DBE firms applying for certification in the State of Michigan.