Minority Business Consortium

Santa Clara County Major Projects and Future Projects

Major preperations are being made to bring Bart to San Jose. The Berryessa connections in now under way.
The San Francisco 49er stadium project is an example of major projects in our county that requires the services that we provide to build capacity in their contracting opportunities.



Criteria to Become a CERTIFIED
Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) or a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Entity

A Small or Disadvantaged Business can be women, minority, disabled or veteran-owned business. It is defined as being owned, capitalized, operated and controlled by a member of an identified group listed above. The business must be a for-profit enterprise which physically resides in the United States or one of it territories. For a definition of "Minority groups" please see the definitions as listed on the "Minority" page of this website.

DBE requirements are under the direct jurisdiction of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT), which is why the process is uniform in every single state. The US DOT is responsible for setting DBE utilization goals and implementation of the program.

The SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in federal procurement. Said another way, if you want to bid on Federal Contracts, you must be a SDB certified firm, which is different than being a member of the Small Business Administrations 8(a) program.

To qualify as a DBE or SDB, the business must be owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons as defined by DBE Regulation 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. Businesses must show:

  1. Minimum 51% ownership, control, and expertise of the individuals and
  2. Control of the daily management and operations of the individuals

The business size can be measured in one of two ways or a combination thereof: average annual gross receipts three previous years or number of employees. These size standards are based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Industry specific, these limits range from $3.5 million annual gross sales to $17.4 million. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers can not exceed an employee size standard which ranges from 500 to 1500 employees.

Recent changes to the DBE regulations now require all applicants (each owner) to complete a Statement of Disadvantage and a Personal Financial Statement. All eligible owners must affirm that they are members of a disadvantaged group (for example, an eligible ethnic minority or female). In addition, the personal net worth of each applicant must be less than $750,000, not including primary residence or ownership equity in the firm.

Generally, certification is done at the local or regional level at your individual local or state's Department of Transportation. In some instances local governments and local state agencies have been establishing a "Unified Certification Program" in which a WBE or MBE will have to meet the general criteria contained here.



Minority Business Consortium
111 W. St. John Street #702
San Jose, California 95113

Minority Business Consortium
5201 Great America Pkwy #320
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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