Federal Certification Programs

​​​​PUBLIC NOTICE

ESTABLISHMENT OF BROWARD COUNTY’S OVERALL TRIENNIAL DBE GOALS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2023-2025.
Broward County is proposing triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Goals for federally funded aviation and transit projects that will be solicited between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2025. The proposed triennial DBE goal for Broward County aviation projects at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is 20.93% and that of North Perry Airport (HWO) is 23.89%. The proposed triennial DBE goal for Broward County transit projects is 6.56​%*.

The respective methodologies for these three goals are available for public review for 30 days from the date of this notice at the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, located at 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A-680, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Broward County will accept comments on the DBE goals for 30 days from the date of this notice. Send all comments to the attention of Donna-Ann Knapp, Small Business Development Manager, at the above address, by e-mail at dknapp@broward.org, or by fax at 954-765-4198.

Participate in the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program goal-setting process for Broward County Aviation and Transportation projects. Join us for one of this week's VIRTUAL DBE Triennial Stakeholder Meetings. Learn about the goal-setting process, impacts, and more. REGISTER TODAY! 
Can't join us for the meetings? Submit your comments now! ​

*Note: The previously advertised DBE transit goal of 6.61% is being revised to 6.56% as one of the transit projects will be solicited during this fiscal year instead of the triennial period.  ​


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The Office of Economic and Small Business Development works to certify local firms under the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and to establish annual DBE participation goals for Broward County's aviation and transit projects. We also certify local firms as Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and establish annual ACDBE participation goals for the County's airport projects.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide a vehicle for increasing the participation of minority/women-owned business enterprises in state and local procurement. The DOT DBE program is implemented by recipients of DOT Federal Financial Assistance. View program guidelines: DBE Program Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26 (49 CFR 26)

OESBD accepts applications for DBE certification through the State of Florida Unified Certification (UCP) Program, a "one-stop shop" for DBE applicants managed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), as mandated in 49 CFR 26. FDOT maintains an electronic DBE Directory of its certified firms. 

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintains the Department of Transportation (DOT) Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program. The purpose of the ACDBE program is to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned small businesses to operate as concessionaires in airports around the country. The ACDBE program for airport concessions is implemented under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 23 (49 CFR 23). Florida's certified ACDBE firms are also listed in FD​OT's UCP DBE Directory.


To apply to participate in the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, a firm must use the U.S. DOT Uniform Certification application (DBE/ACDBE). ​​​NOTE: For Question #3 on page 1 (Appendix F), please use the following address: 

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development

115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A680

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


​DBE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
ACDBE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

​Average gross receipts averaged over the three previous years must not exceed $28.48 million

​Gross receipts averaged over the three previous years must not exceed $56.42 million

​Personal Net Worth < $1.32 million
(excludes personal residence and ownership interest in the company)

A business that is 51% owned, controlled and managed by socially and economically disadvantaged U.S. citizen or legal resident who belongs to one or more of the following categories:

  • African-American / Black

  • Hispanic

  • Subcontinent Asian

  • Asian-Pacific

  • Native American

  • Woman

  • Any other group classified as disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Note: An individual who is not a member of the groups listed above may still be DBE certified by establishing socially disadvantaged status. Socially disadvantaged individuals are those individuals who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to their individual qualities and the social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control.

A business that is 51% owned, controlled and managed by socially and economically disadvantaged U.S. citizen or legal resident who belongs to one or more of the following categories:

  • African-American / Black

  • Hispanic

  • Subcontinent Asian

  • Asian-Pacific

  • Native American

  • Woman

  • Any other group classified as disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Note: An individual who is not a member of the groups listed above may still be DBE certified by establishing socially disadvantaged status.  Socially disadvantaged individuals are those individuals who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to their individual qualities and the social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control.

  • Must be a small business as defined by the SBA
  • Must be organized as a for-profit business
  • Must be independent
  • Must be a small business as defined by the SBA
  • Must be organized as a for-profit business
  • Must be independent

Application

DBE/ACDBE Renewal​



​Broward County FY 2020-2022 DBE Program Goals

October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2022



​​​Agency 

​Overall DBE Program Goal
​Race-Conscious Component
​Race-Neutral Component 
​Broward County Transit (BCT)
​13.29%
​​​8.44%
​4.85​%
​Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport  (FLL)
​17.19%
​0.00%
​0.00%

​Broward County FY 2021-2023 ACDBE Program Goal for Concessions

October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023​


​Agency 

​Concession Type 
​Overall ACDBE Program Goal
​Race-Conscious Component

​Race-Neutral Component​
​Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport  (FLL)
​Car Rental Concessions 
​2.00%
​2.00%
​0.00%
​Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport  (FLL)
​Non-Car Rental Concessions
​23.30%
​23.30%
​0.00%