Equal Opportunity - Federal Small Business Enterprise

The intent of the SBE Program is to increase race-neutral DBE participation and small business utilization in general. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will review federal-aid projects for a Small Business Enterprise enforceable project goal. WSDOT may set both DBE/UDBE and SBE goals on federal-aid projects.

What you need to know:

  • WSDOT developed a SBE Participation Plan (pdf 204 kb)
  • If there is an SBE goal, prime contractors will either have to meet the established project SBE or demonstrate Good Faith Efforts to do so
  • SBE firms will be required to perform a Commercially Userful Function
  • Firms interested in contracts with SBE goals must be certified by going to the Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises
  • To learn more about locating SBE certified firms, please review this information on Locating SBE Firms (pdf 260 kb)
  • Firms certified as DBEs are automatically considered SBEs

For the small business program based on state law see the Minority, Small, Veteran and Women’s Business Enterprise Program.