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Federal Certification Programs


The Office of Economic and Small Business Development work 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 to 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 FDOT'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 $23.98 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

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.  

  • 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

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