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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. 

HISTORY

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 State Highway Administration (SHA), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), and Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA).

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.  Indivisual DBE Program goals are only established for each of MDOT's federallly funded business units; SHA, MAA, and MTA.  Current DBE Program participation goals are as follows:

  • SHA: 27.16%
  • MAA: 25.0%
  • MTA: 30.0%

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