Diverse business programs

Learn about programs and tools available to help diverse businesses contract with us.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

We offer help for businesses certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) as part of our commitment to equal opportunity in contracting. DBE is a program meant to prevent discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit and airport contracts.

Certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

To be recognized as a DBE by WSDOT, you must become certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises.

DBE support services

Businesses certified as DBE can contact the Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR) for immediate, free business counseling and technical assistance. Our support services provide help through:

  • Targeting technical assistance on a range of business topics
  • Accessing construction plans, specifications, and manuals
  • Receiving announcements of outreach and training
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Support in creating business plans for company growth
  • Classroom style training

For more information, see our DBE Support Services Program Flyer (PDF 170KB).

DBE policy documents

Additional DBE information

Federal Small Business Enterprise

The intent of the SBE Program is to increase race-neutral DBE participation and small business utilization in general.

The department will review federal-aid projects for either a DBE or SBE enforceable project goal.

Federal SBE goals

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

Small Business Enterprise certification and registration

Benefits of certification

  • Access to state funded projects in order to receive credit toward their SBE participation goals.
  • Statewide visibility in the OMWBE online directory which allows firm information to be available to all agencies and primes across the state.
  • Firms certified DBE gain access to federally funded business development opportunities provided to ensure the opportunity to participate on federally funded or assisted projects.

Minority, Small, Veteran and Women’s Business Enterprises

The primary objective of this program is to increase Minority, Small, Veteran and Women's Business Enterprises (M/S/V/WBE) participation on WSDOT’s contracting and procurement activities for state-funded projects.

Creating a Participation Plan

For projects with M/S/V/WBE goals, see WSDOT MSVWBE Participation Plan Drafting Guidelines (PDF 942KB) for help.

For projects with Small and Veteran's Business enforceable goals, see WSDOT MWBE Participation Plan Drafting Guidelines (PDF 150KB) for help.

Become a certified Minority, Small, Veteran and Women's Business Enterprise

For more information on the direction of WSDOT’s Diverse Business Programs please review the OECR State Funded Diversity Roadmap (PDF 356KB)

Learn more about WSDOT’s Capacity Building Mentorship Program.

Small and Veteran’s Business Enterprises

WSDOT is implementing a Small and Veteran’s Business Enterprise Program in our construction program. For more information, please view the resources below.

Contact WSDOT’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights Small Business Program at smallbusiness@wsdot.wa.gov or (360) 705-7090.

Directories

For assistance with the Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises Directory, please contact the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises at (360) 664-9750 or visit the Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises website.

The Directory of Small and Veteran’s Businesses is located within the Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) system. To find Small and Veteran's Businesses, please use the search for other businesses tool.

If you need assistance in using the Small and Veteran’s Business Directory, please contact Washington State Department of Enterprise Services at (360) 902-7400 or visit the WEBS webpage.

Diversity Management and Compliance System (B2GNow)

The Washington State Department of Transportation has implemented a Diversity Management and Compliance System (DMCS) powered by B2GNow for tracking payments to subcontractors, lower tier subcontractors, consultants, manufacturers, regular dealers, or service providers on the Contract.

This includes all Disadvantaged, Minority, Small, Veteran or Women’s Business Enterprise firms. Subcontractors will have an opportunity to acknowledge receipt of the payment and verify the amount paid. The DMCS application is available at: wsdot.diversitycompliance.com.

The new system has built in web‐based training that is offered several times a month and is available through the website mentioned above. WSDOT encourages prime contractors as well as subcontractors to take this training.

DMCS user manuals

WSDOT’s Diversity Management and Compliance System (B2Gnow) is accessible to all firms doing business with Washington State Department of Transportation and includes the following key features:

  • Automated tracking of contract goals and participation
  • Verification of subcontractor payments
  • Automated email communications with subcontractors regarding compliance
  • Flexible reporting capabilities
  • If you already know your login credentials, please click on Diversity Management and Compliance System to login.
  • If you are looking for an existing account for your company or a user account for yourself, please perform an Account Lookup
  • If you do not have an account, please create a new account in the system.

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