What is the DBE Program?

The Department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is designed to remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide. The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.



How Do I Become a DBE?

To become a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Own 51% or more of a “small business”
  • Establish that you are socially and economically disadvantaged within the meaning of DOT regulations
  • Prove that you control your business
  • Meet the federal definition of a small business concern
  • Be an independent business which does not depend on its relationships with another firm or firms
  • Be an existing “for-profit” business that is currently operational
  • Be a U.S. citizen (or resident alien) and be a member of a socially and economically disadvantaged group 



DBE Business Development Program

Funded through the Federal Highway Administration, the SDDOT DBE Business Development Program (BDP) is intended to support DBE program participants. The DBE Business Development program is designed to give you and your team the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to grow your business. We work directly with you, the business owner, to identify organizational goals and areas of focus that will help move your business forward. We work hard to develop relationships with our clients to truly understand the personality and culture of your business so that we can uniquely tailor curriculum based on the current stage of your business and help determine growth strategies.



DBE Support Services & Business Resources

Project Solutions, Inc. serves as the support services provider for the South Dakota DOT DBE program. As the support service provider, Project Solutions has a team of professionals that can help support your business, no matter the need. From application assistance while getting certified to business development after you have received your certification, here are some of the services we offer:

  • Application and Program Assistance
  • Business Development Training Opportunities
  • Capability Statement Development
  • Writing a Business Plan

Our resource library of training videos and other resources will be your go-to platform for taking your business to the next level. Training videos on topics like:

  • Certified Payroll
  • Managing & Leading
  • Communication
  • Social Media
  • Job Costing
  • Onboarding and Employee Retention




South Dakota Disadvantaged Business Program
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