Small Business and DBE When choosing vendors and suppliers to work with us, the RTA strives to establish a level playing field for the various businesses that compete for the taxpayer dollars we spend. To achieve this goal, we participate in two programs that help level the playing field: the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) and the Small Business Program (SBE). Your business may qualify for one of these programs or both. Also, any size business can register as a vendor on: www.ebidexchange.com/norta. The RTA Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Under the DBE Program, the RTA has established participation goals for federally funded contracts by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The DBE Program is established in accordance with the previsions under 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26 and is a requirement of DOT as a condition of receiving federal assistance. You may qualify for the DBE certification if: Your firm is at least 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual (or individuals) who also controls the firm. The disadvantaged owner is a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States. To be considered economically disadvantaged, the individual’s Personal Net Worth, not including their primary place of residence or ownership in the business cannot exceed $1.32 million in compliance with the 49 CFR Part 26.67. Your firm is a small business that meets the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standard and does not exceed $23.98 million in gross annual receipts. Your firm is organized as a for-profit business. For DBE certification, the State of Louisiana has developed a Unified Certification Program containing the definitions, requirements, processes, and forms to be used by a number of certifying agencies. The RTA is one of those certifying agencies. Please use the PDF forms below and follow their instructions to apply for DBE Certification through the RTA. Once you have applied for and received DBE certification, you can bid on RTA projects as a DBE vendor. DBE Certification Application Personal Financial Statement Annual Affidavit FY 2017 - 2019 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal Small Business Enterprise Program The RTA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is open to all business owners regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender. To be an eligible Small Business Enterprise, a business must have a least 51% ownership by a person who is economically disadvantaged. To be considered economically disadvantaged, the individual’s Personal Net Worth, not including their primary place of residence or ownership in the business, cannot exceed $1.32 million in compliance with the 49 CFR Part 26.67. An SBE business owner must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully permanent resident of the U.S. Additionally, the business must be for-profit and must not exceed the annual gross receipts cap of $23.98 million per year as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 and must meet the size criteria defined by the Small Business Administration. SBE size standards can be accessed at http://www.sba.gov/content/table-small-business-size-standards. Businesses that are currently DBE certified with the Louisiana Unified Certification Program (LAUCP) must submit an SBE Affidavit of Certification Eligibility. Businesses that are not currently DBE certified must submit a complete DBE Certification application with all supporting documentation. Please note that effective February 1, 2012 certification by the State/Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (SLDBE) program for the City of New Orleans or the Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) does not automatically qualify the firm for either DBE or SBE status with the RTA. Small and Disadvantaged businesses seeking to participate in the RTA’s DBE or SBE programs must have DBE certification through the LAUCP and/or the SBE certification through the RTA. Please use the forms below and follow their instructions to apply for SBE Certification through the RTA. Once you have applied for and received SBE certification, you can bid on RTA projects as a SBE supplier. SBE Application Checklist SBE Certification Application SBE Affidavit of Certification (for certified DBE firms) Personal Financial Statement SBE Annual Affidavit The SBE Program is used for both federally and non-federally funded procurement projects at the RTA. As such, once your business is certified as a SBE you can bid on both federal and non-federal projects as a small business. For more information on the RTA’s DBE program, please contact Genia Browder, DBE Compliance Manager-Liaison Officer at (504) 827-8308, or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the RTA’s SBE program, please contact Eliza Eugene at (504) 827-8387.