Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) receives federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), and is therefore required by federal law to implement a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. Caltrans is committed to implementing this program in accord with the applicable requirements of Title 49 Code for Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26, and as a condition of continued eligibility for federal financial assistance, has signed an assurance with U.S. DOT to that effect.
In keeping with Caltrans' commitment to the DBE program, and as a local agency eligible for U.S. DOT federal assistance, the City of Santa Clara participates in implementing the DBE program for qualified City projects.
DBE - A for-profit small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. These individuals must be citizens of the United States and (1) any individual who a federal-fund recipient finds to be a socially and economically disadvantaged individual, on a case-by-case basis or (2) who are either Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, women or any other group found to be socially and economically disadvantaged by the US Small Business Administration (see Title 49 Code for Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26). Note: Groups are identified in the California Uniform Certification Program (UCP) Item 6-2.
UDBE - An underutilized DBE. A subset of the aboved defined DBEs that have been determined in the 2007 Caltrans Disparity Study to have statistically significant disparity in their utilization in previously let contracts. Underutilized DBEs include: African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and women.
DBE Certification of Eligibility Requirements
The DBE certification process allows small businesses, which are independently owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, admittance into the DBE program. The Program's goal is to remove barriers to DBE participation in federally-assisted highway and transit projects.
If your company is women-owned (WBE), minority-owned (MBE) or a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), the City of Santa Clara encourages you to obtain state certification for participation in its federally-assisted projects.
For certification into the DBE program, please fill out the appropriate Caltrans DBE form found here. For more information, visit the Caltrans Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.
Once your company has been certified in the state of California, notify the City to be placed on the DBE list for future City projects. For further information on the City's participation in the DBE Program, please contact us at (408) 615-3000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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