Firms that have graduated from the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program or have successfully competed for state transportation agency contracts are the focus in NCHRP Research Report 913: Compendium of Successful Practices, Strategies, and Resources in the U.S. DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.
The DBE program provides small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged persons with opportunities to participate on federally assisted highway contracts. As a requirement of receiving federal highway funds, state departments of transportation (DOTs) must administer the DBE program. FHWA provides oversight of the state DOTs’ operation of the program to ensure that they are in compliance with federal regulations.
The report includes appendices that define success, profile successful DBEs, and describe state DOT initiatives for DBE success. It also explores the types of business assistance that contribute to the success of DBE firms.
The report serves as a resource for staff in state transportation agencies, U.S. DOT, and other groups implementing the DBE program or providing business assistance.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1 - Background||5-6|
|Chapter 2 - Research Approach||7-9|
|Chapter 3 - Profile of Successful DBEs||10-26|
|Chapter 4 - State DOT Initiatives for DBE Success||27-37|
|Chapter 5 - Keys to DBE Success||38-54|
|Chapter 6 - Conclusions||55-63|
|Appendix A - In-Depth Interview Guides for State DOTs, Trade Associations, and DBEs||65-76|
|Appendix B - Defining Success and Graduation||77-82|
|Appendix C - Qualitative Information from Disparity Studies Regarding Keys to Business Success||83-108|
|Appendix D - Qualitative Information from Surveys and In-Depth Interviews with State DOTs||109-132|
|Appendix E - Qualitative Information from Trade Association Representatives Regarding Business Success||133-147|
|Appendix F - Qualitative Information from Successful DBEs Regarding Business Success||148-196|
|Appendix G - Statistical Analysis of DBE Success||197-200|
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