Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The DBE program started with Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, which set a national goal of placing at least 10 percent of federal highway and transit funds with persons who qualify as disadvantaged small business operators. A subsequent act in 1987 included women.

WisDOT invests $600-700 million annually in federal and state dollars for highway, airport and transit projects. These funds translate into millions of dollars in transportation-related contracts and project work for DBE firms.

Program goal

To increase participation of firms owned by disadvantaged individuals in all federal aid and state transportation facility contracts.

Related information

Wisconsin and Out of State DBE Certification Entities