Become A Certified DBE

To become a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) you must first apply and be accepted into the program.  Applicants are encouraged to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your firm is at least 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) who also controls the firm.
  • The disadvantaged owner is a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Your firm is a small business that meets the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) size standard and does not exceed $22.41 million in gross annual receipts.
  • Your firm is a small ACDBE business that meets the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) size standard and does not exceed $52.47 million in gross annual receipts.
  • Your firm is organized as a for-profit business.
  • Your firm must be able to provide a service or product to participate in DOT-assisted projects.
  • Your personal net worth cannot exceed $1.32 million.

For more information on how to become a certified Maine DBE, visit the MaineDOT DBE Application website.