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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) program that seeks to ensure nondiscrimination in, and create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for, USDOT-assisted contracts. The Civil Rights & Business Resource Center (CRBRC) certifies firms for the Colorado Unified Certification Program (UCP) and manages CDOT's DBE Program.

Becoming Certified as a DBE

DBE Annual Update

Certified DBE firms must submit an online renewal application annually on the anniversary of their certification to verify continued eligibility. Also, certified firms must notify CDOT within 30 days of any change in the firm’s legal structure, ownership, or management.

DBE Directory and the Colorado Unified Certification Program (UCP)

All recipients of USDOT financial assistance in Colorado participate in the UCP Program.  DBE firms certified by CDOT or the City and County of Denver are all listed on the Colorado UCP DBE Directory and may be counted toward the DBE goals of any Colorado UCP member. Certification is not an endorsement by the Colorado UCP of a firm's products, services, or overall quality.

Work Codes

In Colorado, a DBE work code consists of a six-digit NAICS code and a text descriptor, such as "541330 Civil Engineering Services." Only work that a firm is certified for may be counted toward contract DBE contract goals. A DBE firm may request additions or changes to the work codes for which they may be counted.

Utilizing DBE firms on CDOT projects

Resources and Manuals

    Contact the CRBRC

    Civil Rights & Business Resource Center
    4201 E Arkansas Ave Ste 150
    Denver, CO 80220
    P 303-757-9234  /  800-925-3427
    F 303-952-7088
    Contact Civil Rights Contact Certifications

    Colorado: The Official State Web Portal