Equal Opportunity - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Being DBE certified means:

  • Your for-profit business is at least 51 percent owned by an individual or individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged with a net worth below $1,320,000.
  • Getting assistance with developing business practices
  • Being part of a program promoted by both state and federal governments
  • A space in the OMWBE database for contracting opportunities
  • Your business is also considered a Small Business Enterprise

DBE Directory

Prompt Pay Request

Those who work with DBE’s must:

  • Give notice if they are going to replace a current DBE that cannot do the provided position
  • Remove barriers that may come to hiring DBEs, such as splitting up jobs to be done by the smaller businesses
  • Not reject DBEs without solid reasoning for doing so
  • Make efforts to help DBEs with needed training, supplies, services or other assistance to help meet project goals

Supportive Services:

Businesses considering DBE certification may contact OEO for help getting certified through the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE). Businesses certified as DBE are encouraged to contact OEO for immediate, no-cost business assistance.

OEO Support Services provides free help for:

  • Targeting technical assistance on a range of business topics
  • Accessing construction plans, specifications and manuals.
  • Receiving announcements of outreach and training
  • For more information on these services, see our DBE Support Services Program Flyer (pdf 170 KB) and our Boot Camp Workshop Materials (pdf 8.0 mb)

Business Development Program:

Contact OEO for free help obtaining work on WSDOT projects with:

  • one-on-one counseling
  • training
  • Get help creating a business plan to help your company grow
  • Receive classroom-style training