Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The DBE Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is funded by the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and administered by the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT).  The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program was created to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Federally assisted contracts
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete for Federally assisted contracts
  • Help remove barriers that affect participation of DBEs in Federally assisted contracts
  • Assist the development of firms so that they can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.

The Benefits

The DBE Program Provides companies with substantial benefits, including:

  • DBE certified companies will be listed in the MaineDOT and DBE Supportive Services Directories that are distributed among prime contractors and consultants throughout the New England area. The MaineDOT directory is also placed in the proposal forms of all advertised federally funded projects. 
  • DBEs receive information regarding upcoming MaineDOT projects and the prime contractors/consultants that have shown interest in them.
  • Access to the Maine DBE Supportive Services program.

DBE Supportive Services


Eastern Maine Development Corporation offers the following to certified Maine DBE firms through our DBE Supportive Services Program:

    • Networking & Training Events
    • Individualized Marketing, Planning, Financial and Business Management Assistance
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Information Technology Support and Website Development
    • Access to Resources

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Information Technology Support


DBE Supportive Services staff are available to help DBEs in developing their capability to utilize technology in all aspects of their business.  Staff can provide one-on-one assistance with questions related to hardware, software, social media, and any related training opportunities.

Supportive Services staff can assist DBEs through a sponsored internship opportunity with the University of Maine Augusta’s Computer Information Systems department.  DBE firms have the opportunity to create or update a corporate web presence, upgrade or install an office network, or complete other IT-related projects depending on individual needs and available skills.  Supportive Services staff provide supervision and project management, while UMA provides work space for the intern.  There is no cost to the DBE firm.




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