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Welcome to the Office of Minority Business Enterprise 

The Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) is Maryland's official certification agency for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. We ensure only bona fide MBE/DBE/ACDBE and SBE firms participate in our program through our comprehensive certification program.  Certified firms appear in MDOT's Online Directory of Certified Firms.

Please visit the "Certifications and Forms" page for information on the certification programs and required documentation.  Please contact the OMBE office for assistance regarding the certification programs. 


Established in 1978, Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise Program is the oldest in the country. The MBE/DBE program was established to ensure that small, minority- and women-owned firms had the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in both state and United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally funded projects.  For the MBE Program legislative history, click here.

In 2014, the SBE program was introduced as a race-and-gender neutral program designed to provide contracting opportunities to small businesses on USDOT federally-aided projects with the MDOT-State Highway Administration (SHA), MDOT-Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), MDOT-Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), and MDOT-Office of Planning.

In addition to implementing the State's MBE Program, which has a 29% overall participation goal, MDOT also implements the DBE program for contracts funded by the USDOT.  Individual DBE Program goals are only established for each of MDOT's federally funded business units; MDOT-SHA, MDOT-MAA, and MDOT-MTA, and MDOT-Office of Planning.  Current DBE Program participation goals are as follows:

  • MDOT-SHA: 27.16%
  • MDOT-MAA: 25.0%
  • MDOT-MTA: 30.0%
  • MDOT-Office of Planning: 31.7%

For more details on the DBE goals, please click here.



Attention MBE/DBE/SBE Firms

Many of the firms certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s MBE/DBE programs, have received a spam email with the below message.  If you have received an email from (, please disregard these emails and DO NOT open the attachment.  This email DID NOT come from MDOT or the State of Maryland.