• How NCDOT Can Help Your Business Get Certified

    NCDOT is committed to ensuring all North Carolina businesses have the opportunity to participate in our projects.  We advocate, administer, implement, and monitor equal employment opportunity programs for recipients of state and federal funds.

    Our certification programs are designed to advance the economy and strengthen communities across the state. 


    The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) is a legislatively mandated USDOT program that applies to Federal-aid highway dollars expended on federally-assisted contracts issued by USDOT recipients such as State Transportation Agencies.

    The U.S. Congress established the DBE program in 1982 to:


    Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;

    Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts, and

    Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.


  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

    Disadvantaged businesses are owned by women or minorites with a net worth of less than $1.32 million, have controlling interest in the company and meet other requirements.  




  • Historically Underutilized Businesses

    HUB certifications are for businesses that are 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one of the following:

    • Minorities (black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American)
    • Women
    • Disabled persons
    • Socially or economically disadvantaged persons

    Certify your business as a HUB 

    Primary contractors:  Search for a HUB Vendor


  • Minority Business Enterprise / Women Business Enterprise

    Minority business enterprises are defined as a business that is 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a minority (black, Hispanic, Asian American or Native American).

    Women business enterprises are 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a women.

    Businesses must comply with Title 23 USC 140, FHWA 1273 and Executive Order 11246 in order to be eligible for MBE/WBE certification.

    Learn about the MBE/WBE program ​

  • Support Organizations

    NCDOT collaborates with several agencies that provide services to DBE firms. Program Partners provide technical assistance, technical training, and workforce development services.  See list of Program Partners below:​

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