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Committed to equality in transportation service

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program


MnDOT's DBE Program was established by the federal government to ensure women- and minority-owned businesses have the opportunity to participate in contracts financed in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The MnDOT Office of Civil Rights administers the DBE program and sets goals for DBE participation on applicable MnDOT contracts. The participation goal is a percentage of the contract that is targeted for certified DBE firms to perform on the project. The DBE participation goal considers the location, scope of work to be performed and availability of DBE firms. To achieve the DBE participation goal, prime contractors must either meet the DBE participation goal or make good faith efforts to obtain the goal. Please note that not all projects are required to have DBE goals. Smaller projects do not have a DBE participation goal and are considered race-gender neutral contracts.

Annual DBE goal

As a condition of receiving federal money, MnDOT is required by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration to establish an annual statewide goal for DBEs to perform on federally-funded contracts over the next three years. MnDOT's annual goal is 11.7 percent of the sum of all FHWA-funded contracts to be performed by DBEs and 7.13 percent of the sum of all FTA-funded contracts to be performed by DBEs. These annual goals will be in effect for FFY 2016-2018.

Eligibility and certification

DBE directory


Program reports