DBE Directory

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a federally-mandated program that provides a vehicle for increasing the participation of woman- and minority-owned businesses in state and local procurement. Small businesses that are DBE-certified have a considerable advantage over those that are not. Primes will actively seek out DBE firms for subcontracting opportunities and must conduct outreach for any project with a DBE goal. If your business qualifies, this is a "must have" certification to help increase your chances of winning work with CDOT.

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DBE Directory

The Colorado Unified Certification Program (UCP) allows disadvantaged businesses to apply for DBE certification once and have it recognized by agencies all across the state. It’s essentially like one-stop shopping for DBE’s. CDOT and the City and County of Denver are the only two certifying agencies. Denver also certifies Airport Concessionaires, or ACDBE’s, primarily because they have oversight of Denver International Airport (DIA). 

All transportation agencies in the state that received federal funding from FHWA, FAA or FTA participate in the UCP. That means they recognize DBE certification and often have goals or incentives to utilize and support DBE firms. In Colorado, there are about 50 state and local agencies in the UCP including RTD, various cities and counties, and regional airports like Boulder Municipal and Montrose Regional Airports.

Once certified, DBE firms are listed on the statewide DBE Directory. This provides exposure for DBE's because agencies and prime contractors use this database to search for firms by name or NAICS code (refered to as "Work Code" on the Directory). NAICS is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. You can use the U.S. Census Bureau NAICS Search page to look up NAICS Code definitions.

Update Your DBE Work Codes

The NAICS is not an all encompassing list of work DBE firms perform but the work for which they are certified. Certified DBE firms can submit a request to their certifying agency at any time to review their business activities and add or remove codes. Because many NAICS are very broad, the DBE Directory also lists a Certified Business Description for each DBE firm that provides more detail about their services. You can use this description as a marketing tool for your DBE firm.