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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

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The Port’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was established in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Federal program guidelines and procedures aid in ensuring DBEs have equal opportunity to compete for contracts, subcontracts, and agreements in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts.

It is our policy to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award of DOT-assisted contracts
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts
  • Ensure a firm meets federal eligibility standards (49 CFR Part 26) prior to participation in the DBE Program
  • Assist in identifying and removing barriers to participation for DBEs in federally assisted contracts
  • Assist in the development of DBEs to increase their competitiveness in the marketplace

The Port is operating under race-conscious goals on its federally assisted projects. Learn about the Port’s 2020-2022 DBE Program Plan

If you have any questions regarding the Port's DBE Program please email us at diversityincontracting@portseattle.org.

How do I become certified as a DBE?

Firms seeking to be federally certified as a DBE should contact the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE) in Olympia, WA, for information on the eligibility criteria, instructions and certification materials online or by phone (866) 208-1064.

What if I am looking to operate an airport concession?

The Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program requires a similar certification and more information can be found by clicking the link above to the OMWBE website. The Airport Dining and Retail Department manages this program for the Port. Visit the Airport Dining and Retail site for more information and browse through their ACDBE Goals and Methodology presentation for an overview on the program's fundamentals. 

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