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|MTS has established a proposed Overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal of 4.1% for federally-funded contracts to be awarded by MTS between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2015. MTS’s proposed goal and the goal-setting methodology it is based on are available for public review and comment until September 30, 2012. Click here to view Public Notice and Goal Documents.
Welcome to MTS Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program. MTS encourages participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) for all its contracting opportunities. Contractors, subcontractors, joint ventures, and vendors wishing to participate as a DBE on MTS projects must be certified as a DBE by a certifying agency member of the Unified Certification Program (UCP). All eligible firms are encouraged to obtain DBE certification. If your business currently is not certified and meets the following general guidelines, it may be eligible for DBE certification:
• The firm must be at least 51% owned by one or more socially & economically disadvantaged individuals.
• The firm must be an independent business, and one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged owners must control its management and daily operations.
• Only existing for-profit “Small Business Concerns,” as defined by the Small Business Act and Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations may be certified. DBE applicants are first subject to the applicable small business size standards of the SBA. Second, the average annual gross receipts for the firm (including its affiliates) over the previous three fiscal years must not exceed U.S. DOT’s cap of $22.41 million.
• The Personal Net Worth (PNW) of each socially and economically disadvantaged owner must not exceed $1.32 million. The PNW excludes the individual’s ownership interest in the applicant firm and the equity in his/her primary residence.
If you wish to view the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification documents, please visit the Caltrans website at www.dot.ca.gov/hq/bep/ucp.htm.
DBE Race-Neutral Implementation
A court decision resulted in policy changes to the federally mandated DBE Program. As a recipient of federal funds, MTS participates in this program and adheres to the policy changes. On May 1, 2006, MTS implemented a DBE Race-Neutral program which no longer sets specific DBE goals on individual contracts. However, MTS strongly encourages bidding by DBE firms as prime contractors and the participation of DBE firms as subcontractors. Information regarding the policy changes to the federal DBE Program is available on the Caltrans website.