Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

What is the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program?

The DBE program applies to contracts for projects funded in whole or in part by US government and/or the NC DOT.  DBE is defined by the United States Department of Commerce as a business at least 51 percent owned and controlled by minority group members or women. A DBE is bona fide only if the minority group or female ownership interests are real and continuing and not created solely to meet DBE percentage goals. In addition, to fulfill the purpose of participation, the DBE must itself perform work or services or provide supplies under contract and not act as a mere conduit. In short, the contractual relationship must be bona fide.

For purposes of the DBE Program, minority group members are Women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Rim Asian Americans and American Indians.

For more information, please refer to  U.S. Department of Transportation

Application for Certification 

The City of Concord does not certify a business as a DBE. If you are seeking certification for a new business you are directed to the State’s Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) web site. You may certify at the State’s HUB department and that certification will be recognized in the City of Concord. 

City of Concord DBE Program Policy Statement (amended June 12, 2014)


Concord-Padgett Regional Airport DBE Goals

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for FY 2016 to FY 2018

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for FY 2013 to FY 2015 


Rider Transit

Rider Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goals