City & County of Denver Small Business Certifications

The City and County of Denver (City) is one of the certifying agencies for the Colorado DBE UCP. However, your business does not need to be located in Denver to be certified as a DBE by the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED)'s Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO). DBE certification is statewide and applies to more than 50 UCP partner agency transportation contracts. Denver International Airport (DEN) is the only agency to certify minority- or woman-owned airport concessionaires (ACDBE).

The City also has small business programs/certifications that are specific to contracts with the City. They assign Minority/Women and/or Disadvantage Business (M/WBE/DBE) goals to each construction project and have a Defined Selection Pool for Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) projects. 

Larger contractors or consultants that bid on the City’s construction projects meet M/WBE/DBE goals by subcontracting to firms certified by the City. Only certified firms count toward meeting each contract goal and only SBE or EBE certified firms can bid on set aside projects designated for those certifications. 

Click here to learn more about the City's small business programs. The City does have an online application to apply for or renew of any of the certifications they manage. It is free to apply for DBE or ACDBE certification. However, if you choose to apply for any of the City's other sponsored programs, a $200 application fee is required.

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) for small woman- and minority-owned businesses seeking federally-funded highway and transit contracts.
  • Airport Concessions DBE (ACDBE) for small woman- and minority-owned airport concessionaires seeking federally-funded airport contracts.
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) for small businesses competing for construction-related projects funded by the City of Denver. The Defined Selection Pool program allows certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) companies to bid and compete as prime contractors on city construction and professional design contracts.
  • Small Business Enterprise Concessions (SBEC) for small businesses providing airport concessionaire services.
  • Minority/Woman Business Enterprise (M/WBE) for small woman- and minority-owned businesses competing for construction-related projects funded by the City of Denver.
  • Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) for construction firms with gross annual revenues less than $3,000 and professional service firms less than $1,000 seeking free assistance and set aside contracts with the City of Denver.