Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has established its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program in accordance with regulations of the U. S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the Policy of the SFRTA to ensure that DBEs, as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. The SFRTA will never exclude any person from participation in, deny any person the benefits of, or otherwise discriminate against anyone in connection with the award and performance of any contract covered by 49 CFR Part 26 on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin.



  Eligibility Requirements

The DBE Program includes businesses that are 51 percent owned and controlled by members of the following groups:

  • Women
  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Or other minority groups found to be disadvantaged by the United States Small Business Administration or by any local government certifiable under 49 CFR Part 26.


  Goal

Fiscal Year 2015 – 2017 Proposed DBE Goal - posted June 9th, 2014.

Effective March 5th, 2010, the Department of Transportation, changed from Annual DBE goal setting to 3-years goal setting. The requirement was published in the February 3, 2010 Federal Register Notice. Therefore, SFRTA will be continuing with the DBE goal of 10 percent through fiscal year 2011.

This overall goal shows the level of DBE Program participation which allows for reasonable expectation of achieving program compliance as well as an opportunity to enhance service delivery to our customers.

The SFRTA’s DBE Program overall goal for FY 2012 - 2014 is 9 percent.


  Unified Certification Program

The SFRTA is a non-certifying member of the State of Florida Unified Certification Program. The UCP provides “one-stop shopping” for all firms seeking certification as a DBE in Florida. You can access the UCP DBE Directory by logging on to the Biznet website. This single DBE directory will allow you to identify and locate every firm authorized to participate in Florida’s DBE Program. The SFRTA will accept DBE certifications from any Certifying Member of the State of Florida UCP.


  Forms

DBE Uniform Certification Application
DBE Affidavit For Continuing Eligibility

Return completed forms to one of the following Certifying Agency in the Tri-County area:

Miami-Dade County
Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement Department
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 N.W. 1st Street
Suite 1900
Miami, FL 33128
Attn: Small Business Development Certification Unit
Phone: 305-375-3111
Website: www.miamidade.gov/business/business-certification-programs-DBE.asp

Broward County
Small Business Development Division
115 South Andrews Ave – A640
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-357-6400
Website: www.broward.org/EconDev/SmallBusiness/Pages/Default.aspx

Palm Beach County
Palm Tran, Inc
DBE Certification
3201 Electronics Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Attn: Monique Pottinger, S/DBE Tech.
Phone: 561-471-7447
Website: www.pbcgov.com/osba/opportunities/certificationagencies.htm


  SFRTA Procurement Opportunities

For a listing of Procurement opportunities with the SFRTA, click on the link below:
www.sfrta.fl.gov/procurement/solicitations-advertisements.aspx


  DBE Resource Links


For additional information, contact Marie Jarman of the SFRTA’s Executive Department at 954-788-7944.