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Federal Small Business Enterprise Program

SBE Contacts

Jackie Bayne
Business Development & Compliance Consultant

The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is a new program effective July 1, 2013. The SBE Program is part of the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and is required by 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26.39. The intent of the SBE Program is to increase race-neutral (or voluntary) DBE participation and small business utilization in general. The SBE program will only be implemented on federal-aid contracts without DBE Program race-conscious, or condition of award requirements.

The SBE Program is an aspirational (or voluntary) program where the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) requests that prime contractors use SBE certified contractors for ten percent (10%) of the contract total. Prime contractors will also be required to submit SBE Participation Plans after the contract has been awarded but prior to work beginning. To assist in this process SBE Plan Drafting Guidelines & Tips (pdf 34 kb) have been developed.

Firms interested in contracts with SBE participation goals need to be certified by the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises as SBEs. The certification criteria for SBEs are similar to that of DBEs, without regard to race, ethnicity or gender. However, firms that are certified as DBEs are automatically considered SBEs. For more information regarding the certification of SBEs please visit: or the Directory of SBE firms.

For more information regarding the various opportunities available for small businesses, please visit WSDOT’s Small Business Portal.

If you have questions about how the SBE Program is being implemented please review the training (pdf 432 kb) or contact Office of Equal Opportunity.

Programmatic Documents

SBE Program Training Document (pdf 432 kb)
SBE Participation Plan (pdf 213 kb)
SBE Participation Plan Drafting Guideline & Tips (pdf 34 kb)