Small Business Programs: DBE & ESB

Important Notice - DBE/ESB Phishing Emails

CDOT will never ask for personal information via email.  All certification-related processes & documentation will be communicated via B2GNow. There have been some phishing emails sent recently from an unidentified third party asking for personal information to be sent via QR code in order to keep your certification. Please do not respond to these emails.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center at [email protected]

Certification Overview 

CDOT recognizes two small business certifications, the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, and the CDOT Emerging Small Business Program.

DBE & ESB At A Glance

Terminology DBE ESB
Stands For Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Emerging Small Business
Regulatory Basis Code of Federal Regulations Colorado Code of Regulations
Governing Body USDOT Transportation Commission
CDOT Role Administrator Owner
Size Standard Determined By NAICS Codes Primary NAICS Code
Key Certification Consideration Disadvantaged owner status Business size
Program Purpose Level the playing field for historically underutilized businesses Increase competition for CDOT contracts
CDOT Strategic Approach Subcontractor Development Prime Contractor Development

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Emerging Small Business (ESB)

Find Resources and Support

  • Small Business EventsWe host a variety of events that provide opportunities for networking an discussion among small businesses, CDOT staff, and industry leaders
  • Connect2DOT: Consulting, training and support for businesses working on CDOT projects