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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

Florida Department of Transportation

Equal Opportunity Office

2014


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

True or False:

If I am a Hispanic female, my 501(c)(3) company can be certified as a DBE.


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

FALSE


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

  • Governed by 49 CFR Part 26

  • Definition:

    • DBE means a for-profit small business concern

      • That is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and

      • Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.


DBE Certification ProcessNew Applicant

  • DBE Application Received & Assigned (90 days to process) * If Application is Complete*

    • Confidential

  • Desk Review Conducted

  • Additional Information Collected

  • On-site Review Conducted

  • Facts and Concerns gathered

  • File given to Certification Manager (by the 60th day after all information received and on-site conducted)


DBE Certification ProcessNew Applicant

  • Certification Manager Reviews

  • Manager, EOO, Approves or Denies


DBE Certification

True or False:

As a certified DBE, I am prequalified to do work in the work groups that are approved by the EOO in my certification letter.


DBE Certification

FALSE


DBE Certification

  • Certification is not a prequalification

  • Certification is for Specific Types of Work

  • Burden of Proof on Applicant

  • Once Certified, Burden shifts to Us


Socially Disadvantaged

  • Presumed Groups

    • Women

    • Black Americans

    • Hispanic Americans

    • Native Americans

    • Asian-Pacific Americans

    • Subcontinent Asian Americans

  • Others if Documented


Socially DisadvantagedIndividuals

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien

  • Must Show Ownership

    • 51% by Disadvantaged Owner

    • Real & Substantial; Not Just on Paper

    • Contribution of Capital or Expertise

  • Must Control Business

    • Independent – Does Not rely on Others

    • Makes Day to Day & Long Term Decisions


EconomicallyDisadvantaged

True or False:

My family & I just moved into a $3.2M home on the coast & I won a million dollars in the lottery. I can still run my DBE company.


EconomicallyDisadvantaged

TRUE


EconomicallyDisadvantaged

  • Personal Net Worth At or Below $1.32M

  • Each Qualifying Owner

  • Exclude Ownership in Business

  • Exclude Equity in Primary Residence


Certified DBEs(As of 1/31/14)

Black Americans317(23.92%)

Hispanic Americans350(26.42%)

Native Americans 26 (1.96%)

Asian Pacific Americans 71 (5.36%)

Subcontinent Asian 52 (3.93%)

Women505(38.11%)

Other 4 (0.30%)

Total 1325


Certified DBEs(By District)

District 1 86 (6.49%)

District 2109 (8.23%)

District 3104 (7.85%)

District 4173(13.06%)

District 5276(20.83%)

District 6137(10.34%)

District 7178(13.43%)

Out of State262(19.77%)

Total 1325


Reasons to use a DBE

  • Contractors get 4 bonus points on contractor grading

  • Recognition from FDOT Secretary (Letters)

  • Recognition & Award at FTBA Annual Convention

  • Recognition & Award at FICE Annual Convention


Reasons to use a DBE(cont.)

  • DBE %’s Reported in Monthly Performance Review Meeting with District Secretaries

  • Publish Reports and %’s on Internet

  • Letter Grades for Primes

  • Conducting DBE Utilization Assessments

  • Increases Competitive Pricing

  • Good for Florida’s Economy


Reasons to use a DBE(cont.)

  • DBE Supportive Services Providers

    • Blackmon Roberts Group aka “BRG”

    • DBE Specialized Development Program aka “The Council”

    • Construction Estimating Institute aka “CEI”


AccomplishmentsSince Race Neutral

Federal DBEFederal % State %Combined %

Fiscal YearGoalAchievedAchievedAchieved

2000-20018.0% 8.62% 11.55% 10.10%

2001-20028.0% 5.10% 8.35% 6.57%

2002-20038.0% 7.83% 8.61% 8.35%

2003-20047.5% 7.55% 7.92% 7.78%

2004-20057.5% 8.03% 7.50% 7.72%

2005-20067.9% 8.06% 9.11% 8.71%

2006-2007 8.1% 8.15% 9.96% 9.35%

2007-20088.1% 7.75% 9.49% 9.00%

2008-20098.12% 8.16% 10.00% 9.08%

2009-20108.18% 8.33% 10.13% 8.79%

2010-20118.18% 8.50% 13.63% 10.02%

2011-20128.60% 10.31% 12.71% 11.45%

2012-20138.60% 11.78% 10.88% 11.38%


What the 2013percentage means in $$

Federal DBEFederal % State %Combined %

Fiscal YearGoalAchievedAchievedAchieved

2012-20138.60% 11.78% 10.88% 11.38%

$3,689,333,483 awarded for Federal & State projects

11.38% Committed to DBEs

$419,752,973 in DBE Participation


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE


Business DevelopmentInitiative

  • BACKGROUND

  • Purpose:

    • to increase competition

    • move subs to primes

  • Began in July 2006 (District Two)

  • January 2007 in all districts

  • FHWA approved in March 2009

  • March 2012 became the Small Business Component of the DBE Program Plan


Business DevelopmentInitiative

  • STRATEGIES

  • Reserve contracts for small businesses

  • Contracts are up to $1,500,000

  • Modified pre-qualification requirements

  • Waive bonds on contracts of a non-critical nature


Business DevelopmentInitiative

  • ELIGIBILITY

  • Meet USDOT definition of a small business

    • FDOT small business size standards

    • Construction/Maintenance - $15.0M

    • Professional Services - $6.5M

  • Submit notarized affidavit

  • Provide references

  • Professional Services must still be prequalified


Business DevelopmentInitiative

  • RESULTS – RESERVED CONTRACTS

  • 260 contracts reserved

    • 88 professional services

    • 116 construction

    • 56 maintenance

  • $66.3 Million reserved

    • $28.3 million in professional services

    • $27.8 million in construction

    • $10.2 million in maintenance


Business DevelopmentInitiative

  • RESULTS – RESERVED CONTRACTS

  • 119 different small businesses awarded contracts

    • 24 or 29% were DBEs

    • 36 or 44% had their first FDOT contract

  • 28 small businesses were awarded multiple contracts

    • 7 were DBEs

  • 34% of BDI reserved projects are professional services contracts


BDI PROGRAM

  • For a list of reserved contracts, you can visit http://www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/reservedContracts.shtm

  • For more information on the BDI, please visit http://www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/bdi.shtm or email fdot.bdi@dot.state.fl.us


Websites

Equal Opportunity Office

www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/

DBE Certification Application & DBE Directory

www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/dbecertification.shtm

Contractor & Consultant DBE Utilization Letter Grades

www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/dbereports.shtm

Business Development Initiative (BDI) Reserved Projects

www.dot.state.fl.us/equalopportunityoffice/reservedcontracts.shtm


Websites

Blackmon Roberts Group (Supportive Services Provider)

www.blackmonroberts.com/

Construction Estimating Institute

Construction Management Development & Bond Guarantee Programs

www.cmdp-bgp.com/

Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council /Ariel Business Group

FDOT DBE Specialized Development Program

www.fdotdbeservices.com/


Contacts

For Certification, DBE & BDI Programs

Arthur Wright – Manager Equal Opportunity Office

(850) 414-4749

Victoria Smith – DBE Certification Manager

(850) 414-4746

Tom Rush – DBE Program Manager

(850) 414-4687

Terry V. Watson – DBE Program Specialist

(850) 414-4763

Dwayne Moore – Business Development Specialist

(850) 414-4925


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