FAQs

Q: What is the DBE program?

A:  The MaineDOT manages the Maine DBE program as a way to ensure nondiscrimination and create a level playing field in the award of federally assisted contracts.  All women and minority business owners providing transportation construction or related services are encouraged to apply for certification.  Learn More

Q: How do I get my firm certified?

A:  You can find more information about the certification process on the MaineDOT DBE website here.  If you need help with the application contact Sherry Tompkins, MaineDOT DBE Program Administrator at 207-624-3066 or sherry.tompkins@maine.gov .

Q: How will this help my firm?

A:  Your firm will be listed in the online Maine DBE Directory which is used by prime contractors in Maine.  In addition, you will be provided technical and management assistance through our DBE Supportive Service Program.  Services include program orientation, business assistance, information technology support, website development, tuition reimbursement, and more.  Learn More

Q: What is a socially or economically disadvantaged individual?

A:  A socially or economically disadvantaged individual is a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States who is of the following groups, members of which are reputably presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged:

  • Black Americans:  includes person having origins in any part of the Black racial groups of Africa
  • Hispanic Americans:  includes persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central or South American, or other Spanish or Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race
  • Native Americans:  includes American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians
  • Asian-Pacific Americans:  includes persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Samoa, Guam, The U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific Island (Republic of Palau), the commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Juvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia, or Hong Kong
  • Subcontinent Asian Americans:  includes persons whose origins are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands, Nepal or Sri Lanka
  • Women
  • Any additional groups whose members are designed as socially and economically disadvantaged by the SBA, at such time as the SBA designation becomes effective

Q: Can I get certified in other states as well?

A DBE certification is only valid in the state in which the certification was issued, however to obtain certification in another state you must first be certified in your home state.  States vary in what they requeire for certification.  Once you have obtained certification in your home state, you should contact the DBE Administrator from the state in which you want to obtain certification (the full contact list is available here. More information about the interstate certification rule can be found here.

Q: Once certified, can a firm be assured of getting contracts and subcontracts?

A:  No.  Certification does not guarantee work to a DBE.  However, it does enhance a DBE’s exposure to prime contractors, government agencies, and the business community.  In addition, certified Maine DBEs have access to the Maine DBE Supportive Services program for business help, website development, tuition reimbursement and more.  Learn More

Q: Where can I find information on upcoming MaineDOT contracting opportunities?

A:  Check out MaineDOTs Contract website here.

Q: What does the DBE Supportive Services program include?

A:  Our Maine DBE Business Services Specialist is here to help you profitably grow your business.  As a certified Maine DBE, you’ll receive full access to all DBE Supportive Services including tuition reimbursement, business assistance, information technology support, website development assistance for new and existing sites, and access to EMDC trainings, seminars, and other resources.  A full list of Supportive Services can be found here.

Q: Who is my DBE Support Services contact?

A:  You can find all the contact info for both your Maine Certified DBE Program Administrator and Business Services Specialist here.

Q: What is the difference between the DBE Program and DBE Supportive Services?

A:  DBE Supportive Services is a small piece of the DBE program.  The DBE Program is run by the MaineDOT who contracts out the Supportive Services piece to EMDC.  DBE Supportive Services helps certified Maine DBEs grow through business counseling, trainings, tuition reimbursement, website development and more.  As part of DBE Supportive Services you have access to a Business Services Specialist who can help coach you and provide business resources that you need.