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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

Part 26 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), requires recipients of DOT funds to develop a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program supporting the fullest possible participation of any small business concern with at least 51 percent owned and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s). Socially and Economically Disadvantaged means those individuals who are citizens of the United States who are: “Black Americans”, “Asian Americans”, “Native Americans”, “Asian Pacific Americans”, “Women”, regardless of race, ethnicity, or origin and “Other” individuals found to be, by “application” and “challenge” to be socially and economically disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration Act. This requirement is applicable to all contracts and subcontracts funded partially or totally with DOT funds. The DBE Coordinator is dedicated and focused toward the goal of ensuring that the spirit and intent of the regulations and SMART’s missions are carried out.

Regulations and Guidelines

The links below provide detailed information regarding rules, regulations, and guidelines governing SMART's Office of DBE programs for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification.

DBE Directory

Michigan Unified Certification Program Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Directory


If you have any question regarding SMART's DBE program, please review these frequently asked questions.

Civil Rights Complaint Process

If you feel your DBE rights have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint.