What Is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)?

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, or DBE, is a federal initiative that "seeks to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department’s highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts." In other words, DBE is intended to provide an opportunity for businesses that are historically disadvantaged. DBE certification applies to all DOT recipients, including UTA, UDOT, and the Salt Lake Airport.

Why Should I Register my Business for DBE?


How Do I Apply for DBE?

Utah Businesses:

For additional assistance or more information about the DBE application or process please contact:
      Lauren Peterson
      Civil Rights Compliance Officer - DBE

Utah DBE Directory

2024 - 2026 Triennial Goal Public Comment Period

UTA is requesting public input on the 2024-2026 Triennial DBE Goal! Every three years, the UTA Civil Rights Team sets a goal on how much federal funding UTA will allocate for DBEs. This goal sets the tone for the next three years to help us ensure that disadvantages businesses have a level playing field at UTA. Public comments will be accepted from June 20 – July 20, 2023.

Learn more and submit your comments and input here.

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