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.