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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Deborah Green, Administrator
 
General Contact
(614) 466-3957   DOT.SDBE@dot.ohio.gov 

Opportunity, Diversity, & Inclusion Complaint Hotline
(888) 778-4171   ODOTComplaintHotline@dot.ohio.gov

for reporting DBE fraud, contracting fraud, discrimination, etc
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USDOTcivilrightsvirtualsymposium.png From the Desk of ODOT Director Jerry Wray
ODOT remains committed to a strong DBE program and the principles of fairness and opportunity for all of our business partners. Read Director Wray's signed policy statement on the issue.
 
DBE 
[Disadvantaged Business Enterprise]
 
Federal Program with Certification through ODOT
 
GOALS:
  • 15.6% of federally-funded highway construction and design contracts (e.g. Major Highway Reconstruction, Geotechnical Design, Environmental Consulting) in Federal Fiscal Years 17, 18 and 19.
  • 6.75% of federally funded transit contracts in federal Federal Fiscal Years 17, 18 and 19.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The DBE program ensures nondiscrimination in the award/administration of USDOT-assisted contracts in highway, transit and airport projects.
DBE ELIGIBILITY
Persons must own 51% or more of a "small business," establish that they are disadvantaged within the meaning of DOT regulations, and prove they control their business.
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Disadvantaged individuals must be a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident alien)
  • A member of a socially or economically disadvantaged group including women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans, or other minorities;  those with disabilities may also be eligible.
  • A firm (including its affiliates) must not have annual gross receipts over $23.98 million in the previous three (3) fiscal years.
  • Only disadvantaged persons having a personal net worth (PNW) of less than $1.32 million will be considered.

 

click here for more DBE information and material 

SBE
[Small Business Enterprise]
 
Federal Program with Certification through ODOT
 
GOAL: Set aside (TBD) for federally funded highway construction and design contracts, e.g. Major Highway Reconstruction, Geotechnical Design, Environmental Consulting.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
SBE is a race/gender-neutral program that restricts
competition for prime contracts on certain USDOT-assisted projects to small businesses that have been certified through the program.
SBE ELIGIBILITY
Persons must own 51% or more of a "small business," establish that they specialize in the construction consultant services industry, and prove they control their business.
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Firms must be prequalified with ODOT and certified in the SBE Program.
  • A certified SBE firm must perform a commercially useful function.  The SBE must perform or exercise responsibility for at least 30% of the total cost of its contract with its own work force. 
  • A firm (including its affiliates) receipts averaged over the most recent three (3) years must not exceed $15,000,000 (construction firms) or $7,000,000 (construction-related consultant services firms).
  • Only persons having a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million will be considered.
     
 

 Ohio Unified Certification Program (UCP)

 
MBE 
[ Minority Business Enterprise ]
 
   State Program with Certification through DAS
  
ODOT GOAL: 20% set-aside and 5% participation for purchases of Goods & Services, e.g. Snow Plows, Aggregate, Quick-Setting Concrete, Traffic Cones, Transcription Services (note: ODOT’s set-aside goal exceeds the 15% required by law).
Program Overview
Ohio’s MBE program is designed to assist minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts for supplying goods and services.
MBE eligibility
Business owner(s) must be members of one or more of the following groups: Blacks, American Indians, Hispanics and Asians.
eligibility requirements
· The business must be a for-profit entity
· In business at least 1 year prior to applying for certification.
· The minority business owner must own and control at least 51 percent for one year prior to applying for certification.
· Owner must be an Ohio resident.
· Owner must be a U.S. citizen.
· Owner has control over day-to-day operations.
· Owner must have all licenses, permits and authorities required by law to perform the scope of work.
 
 click here for more MBE information and material 
at the Department of Administrative Services
 
EDGE 
[ Encouraging Diversity, Growth & Equity ]
 
 State Program with Certification through DAS
  
GOAL: 5% of highway construction & design contracts that are 100% state funded, e.g. Bridge Repair, Highway Lighting, Resurfacing, Design Services.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
EDGE is an assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises. The program establishes goals for state agencies, boards and commissions in awarding contracts to certified EDGE eligible businesses. EDGE applies to procurements of supplies and services, professional services, information technology services, construction and professional design services. The maximum amount of time a business may participate in the EDGE program is ten years.
 
EDGE  ELIGIBILITY
An EDGE participant must be a small socially and economically disadvantaged business enterprise owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are Ohio residents.
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Socially disadvantaged requirements include:
· Race, ethnic origin, gender, physical/mental disability or long-term residency in an environment isolated from mainstream Ohio society.
Economically disadvantaged criteria includes both of the following:
· Personal net worth of each owner must not exceed $250,000 at the time of program entry.
· Personal net worth of each owner must not exceed $750,000 during participation.
 
 
click here for more EDGE information and material
at the Department of Administrative Services