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On or about January 19, 2018, MDOT-Office of Planning has proposed the following DBE Goal to the Federal Transit Administration *(Effective FFYs 2017-2019)

Overall: 31.7%
Race Conscious Component: 15.2%
Race Neutral Component: 16.5%

Please contact Tracie Watkins Rhodes at 410-865-1120 if there are any questions.

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


Online Applications!

OMBE is excited to announce that we now offer an online application process! applicants may visit the MBE online application portal at to complete a company profile and upload all supporting documents.  Applicants who complete the online application process will receive a correspondence that confirms receipt of their information immediately after submission of all required documents, and subsequent email correspondences if additional information or corrections are required.   The OMBE will continue to accept paper submissions, and applicants are welcome to hand deliver or mail their information to the address listed above. 



Effective July 1, 2015 the definition of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) will only encompass firms that are 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  This means the Office of MBE will no longer certify Not-for-Profit Entities (NFPEs) defined at State Finance and Procurement Article (SFP) § 14-301 or the Community Rehabilitation Program Entities (CRPEs) accredited with the requirements described in SFP § 14-101(B).  In addition, all MBE-certified NFPEs or MBE- certified CRPEs will be placed in a temporary list of "Former MBE-Certified NFPE/CRPE Firms" that will expire on August 1, 2015.  For more information regarding this change, please see 2013 House Bill 48 or call the Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, 410.865.1269.


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