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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to provide a level playing field for small, minority- and women-owned companies wanting to do business with TxDOT and other agencies receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Refer to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Forms page for additional documents relating to the DBE program.


Businesses interested in becoming certified as a DBE must complete and submit an application through the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) to the appropriate certifying agency in Texas. Upon approval, these companies can be used to meet the DBE goals established for federally-funded contracts. The DBE Program is a federal program required by law.

Needs Assessment

Completing the DBE Needs Assessment will help measure and identify business needs and concerns in the areas of financial management, risk management, legal, marketing and aspects of construction industry barriers.

TxDOT's goal is to help you improve your business growth and increase your opportunities to obtain contracts with TxDOT and on related Fed-aid projects.

Note: In order to receive services through the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), each DBE is now required to submit a completed DBE Needs Assessment (form #2307).

Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP provides free business development and technical industry training to DBEs in the highway construction industry to enhance the skills necessary to bid and perform on TxDOT contracts.

Construction Contract Goals Format
March 2015 March DBE / SBE Goals PDF
February 2015 Feb. DBE / SBE Goals PDF
January 2015 Jan. DBE / SBE Goals PDF
December 2014 Dec. DBE / SBE Goals PDF
November 2014 Nov. DBE / SBE Goals PDF
October 2014 Oct. DBE / SBE Goals PDF

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Federal Law mandates that all Local Governments or Entities that receive USDOT funds from non-conventionally let projects must sign a MOU with TxDOT allowing them to adopt TxDOT's federally approved DBE Program and comply with the Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 26.

Rules and Regulations