Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program


The purpose of WisDOT’s DBE program is to increase the talent pool of contractors ready, willing, and able to perform high-quality work throughout the state highway system.

The program grew from the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982. Today, the program supports small and emerging businesses throughout the state by providing technical assistance and mentorship​​ on what it takes to compete successfully for heavy highway work.

DBE firms are small businesses at least 51% owned, operated, and fully controlled on a daily basis by any of the following: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, sub-continent Asian Americans, women.

WisDOT is committed to the continuous improvement of the DBE program and strengthening the program for both bidders and DBEs.