Frequently Asked Questions
What does DBE stand for?
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
What is the process to become a DBE?
While EMDC operates the statewide DBE Supportive Services Program, DBE certification is handled by the Maine Department of Transportation. Information about how to apply for certification can be found here.
How is the DBE goal determined?
MaineDOT will calculate the overall goal using the criteria based in 49 CFR 26.45. In determining the DBE goal the MaineDOT identifies all subcontractors (DBE and non-DBE) that provided bids or quotes to active prime contractors pursuant to any advertised Federal-aid project. MaineDOT further determined the number of all businesses (Prime Contractors and Subcontractors) that have bid or quoted on Federally-assisted contracts. The figure resulting from dividing the number of DBEs and the total amount of businesses provides the base figure. This base figure is adjusted according to different criteria included but not limited to: current capacity to perform work, distribution of Federal amount among DBEs, and subcontracting opportunities in upcoming projects.
How can my company become a qualified bidder for MaineDOT construction contracts?
What agencies recognize the DBE Certification besides the Department of Transportation?
The DBE certification is recognized by all Federal and State agencies.
Can I do business in other states as a DBE with the certification from Maine?
No. A certification is only valid for the state the certification was issued in.
How can I obtain the certification from other states?
Once you have obtained the certification from your home state, you must contact the DBE Liaison Officer from the state you want to obtain the certification from. They will inform you of the documents required to submit in order to obtain the certification.
My firm is a SBA 8(a) certified. Do I need to go through the DBE certification process?
Yes, although the process is abbreviated you are required to submit additional information for verification./faqs.php?id=1