DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) PROGRAM
Statement of Policy
It is the policy of FRED Transit to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and small businesses have an equal opportunity to participate in and receive U.S. DOT-assisted procurements. It is also our policy to:
1. Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT–assisted contracts;
2. Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
3. Implement the DBE Program plan in accordance with applicable law;
4. Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to be counted as DBEs on FRED contracts;
5. Provide DBEs and small business concerns with referrals to business development services so they can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program; and.
6. Monitor and enforce the requirements of the DBE Program on DOT-assisted contracts.
To implement that policy, FRED has adopted a DBE Program, the full text of which may be viewed here.
Questions about FRED’s DBE Program may be addressed to FRED’s DBE Liaison Officer, Ms. Sharon Sullivan. She can be reached at 540.372.1222 x705 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DBE Participation Goal
In years that FRED uses FTA funds to procure goods and services in excess of $250,000 (excluding the value of bus procurements), FRED must set a DBE participation goal. The goal is the percentage of procurement opportunities, by value, for which FRED believes qualified DBEs should reasonably successfully be able to compete. Based on the anticipated construction of a transfer center in Spotsylvania County in FY2018, FRED set its DBE goal at 7.4 percent.
To the maximum extent possible, FRED will seek to meet its DBE participation goal through race neutral measures; i.e., without setting specific goals for individual contracts. FRED may, however, use race-conscious measures (i.e., set specific goals for individual contracts) if we determine that we likely will not be able to meet our goal through the use of race-neutral measures.
What Is a DBE and a Small Business?
DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.
African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. Other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.
To be regarded as economically disadvantaged, an individual must have a personal net worth that does not exceed $1.32 million. To be seen as a small business, a firm must meet Small Business Administration (SBA) size criteria AND have average annual gross receipts not to exceed $22.41 million.
To participate in the DBE program in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a business as described above must receive DBE certification from the Virginia Department of Transportation under VDOT’s Uniform Certification Program (UCP).
Information about the Commonwealth’s DBE program including information that will guide companies through the certification process can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/business/civil_rights_disadvantaged_business_enterprise_dbe_program.asp.
Please be aware that the Commonwealth also has a program for Small, Women-Owned and Minority-Owned (SWAM) Businesses. Although the SWAM and DBE programs are similar, being certified as a SWAM business does NOT translate into certification as a DBE. FRED encourages SWAM businesses interested in doing business with us to also certify as DBEs. The link cited above can be used to apply for both certifications.
Learning about Business Opportunities at FRED
FRED posts its procurement opportunities on its website (www.rideFRED.com) and on the City of Fredericksburg website (www.fredericksburgva.gov). Under the “Doing Business” tab on the City website is a list of all current contract opportunities as well as other information to help small businesses get started in the City.
Most of FRED’s procurement opportunities are modest in nature, but occasionally we pursue larger projects such as the upcoming transfer center in Spotsylvania, valued at more than $300,000. On a continuing basis FRED has a need for things like office supplies, furniture, automotive parts and supplies, vehicle and building maintenance and repair services, and advertising and marketing services.
FRED’s local government partners – the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Caroline – also publish contracting opportunities and business guidelines on their websites, http://www.spotsylvania.va.us/content/20923/default.aspx, https://staffordcountyva.gov/35/Business, and https://co.caroline.va.us/194/Economic-Development, respectively.
FRED Procurement Policies, Practices and Requirements
FRED follows the procurement policies and procedures of the City of Fredericksburg, modified to conform to Federal regulations for Federally-assisted procurements. Those policies and procedures are designed to encourage full and open competition in public purchasing of goods and services, to administer fairly and equitably purchasing opportunities among bidders, and to obtain high quality goods and services at the lowest possible price. FRED encourages small and disadvantaged businesses to compete for all procurements at FRED.
The full text of FRED’s procurement policies and procedures may be found here.
Sources of Information about DBE and Business Development
Additional information about the DBE program and where assistance might be available to help small businesses certify as DBEs and strengthen their abilities to compete for FRED and other government contracts are shown below.
Regulations: 49 CFR Part 26
Federal regulations setting out the Department of Transportation’s DBE requirements in their entirety can be viewed on-line at:
General information about the Federal Transit Administration’s DBE program can be viewed on-line at:
VDOT DBE Information and Certification
Firm’s desiring to learn about the DBE program and acquire DBE certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia can apply on-line through the Virginia Department of Transportation DBE website:
U.S. Small Business Development Centers
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s publishes a resource guide for Virginia for small businesses that can be found on-line at:
Information and assistance that is available from the SBA Richmond District Office, which covers the Fredericksburg area, can be found at:
University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center
The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center is a resource center that provides assistance to the small business community via management training, industrial and demographic research and confidential one-on-one consulting. It can be viewed on-line at:
City of Fredericksburg Business Development Toolkit
The Business Development Toolkit gives business owners an overview of available resources and contact information for developing a business plan, permitting requirements, financing and marketing. It can be viewed on-line at:
Let Us Know of Your Interest
If you are interested in doing business with FRED, let us know.
Please complete the form found here and return it to: Ms. Sharon L. Sullivan, DBE Liaison Officer, email@example.com. We will keep your information on file and contact you when we have procurement opportunities in your area of interest.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST IN FRED TRANSIT PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES FORM
Please mail or email this form to:
Sharon L. Sullivan, DBE Liaison Officer
FREDericksburg Regional Transit
1400 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401