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MBE/DBE Compliance Program Authority

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program

​In 1978, Maryland's General Assembly enacted legislation creating the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program to ensure that socially- and economically-disadvantaged small business owners are included in the State’s procurement and contracting opportunities.  The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) serves as the administering agency for the MBE program.  GOMA services in an advisory capacity to the Governor on key MBE issues and works directly with the MDOT and the M/DBE Compliance Program regarding MBE utilization, reporting and compliance.  Additional information regarding the State of Maryland’s Minority Business Enterprise Program can be found in the MBE Program Manual. MDOT continues to support the MBE Program.  Read the MDOT Secretary's Commitment Statement to the MBE Program. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Relative to the DBE program, it is the objective of the M/DBE Compliance Program to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of federal Department of Transportation (DOT) assisted contracts in the Department’s highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs; create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts; ensure that the Department’s DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable laws; ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs; help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; assist with the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE program; and provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of Federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.  A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a for-profit small business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

The primary recipients of federal funding in the Department are State Highway Administration through the Federal Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration through Federal Transit Administration, and the Maryland Aviation Administration through Federal Aviation Administration.