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Attention MBE/DBE/SBE Firms

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For Immediate Release:

Personal Net Worth Cap for Certified MBE Firms Increases Effective January 1, 2018

Annual Adjustment Required by Law

December 22, 2017

HANOVER, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) announced that the Personal Net Worth (PNW) cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program will increase from $1,692,682 to $1,713,333 effective January 1, 2018.
As required by Maryland law, the State’s MBE Program adjusts its PNW cap annually based on the Consumer Price Index.  MDOT, as the official certification agency for the State, is responsible for calculating the annual cap.  The PNW cap applies to any disadvantaged owner whose ownership interest in a firm is relied upon for certification in the MBE Program and all MBE certification decisions rendered between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018.  In addition to the PNW cap, firms must meet eligibility requirements for minority status, ownership, control and size.
The PNW cap in place for the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is not affected and will remain $1,320,000.
The Hogan Administration is committed to ensuring that small minority-and women owned businesses have the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in the procurement process.  The certification process ensures that bona fide disadvantaged firms review the MBE designation in support of the State’s minority business inclusion efforts.
For information about MBE/DBE certification, contact OMBE at 410-865-1269 or visit the Minority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise tab at

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.

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.  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.