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Navigating the DBE Process -Getting your DBE in different States/Cities

The objective is to help a new business that is looking to become DBE certified avoid the pitfalls that are common in getting certified in states. The aviation community is trying to getting minorities and women to become DBE certified however the process is cumbersome, at times overwhelming, and confusing. With each state requiring different information in would be beneficial for the new business to know the following prior to submitting their application:

1. What are the timelines-how long should it take?

2. Will there be any fees with the process?

3. What will the state/city be requiring in terms of documentation

4. Will the state/city contact the business prior to denying them? Or will the state/city work with the firm to understand their specific issues?

The product will be a document explaining the differences between each states DBE certification process, current contact for each state, and other items as discussed above.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

There is a lack of DBE certified firms throughout the country. The current processes in each state are available only after the application process has been started and the requirements are not clearly defined even within most state applications. My idea would provide a one- stop-shop for firms interested in becoming DBE certified in various states. The report would help firms so that they would know where to look, what to expect and who to contact in each state or city.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The objective is to help a new business that is looking to become DBE certified avoid the pitfalls that are common in getting certified in states. The aviation community is trying to getting minorities and women to become DBE certified however the process is cumbersome, at times overwhelming, and confusing. With each state requiring different information in would be beneficial for the new business to know the following prior to submitting their application:

  1. What are the timelines-how long should it take?
  2. Will there be any fees with the process?
  3. What will the state/city be requiring in terms of documentation
  4. Will the state/city contact the business prior to denying them? Or will the state/city work with the firm to understand their specific issues?
    The product will be a document explaining the differences between each states DBE certification process, current contact for each state, and other items as discussed above.
Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Step 1- Brief discussion on the DBE program -how it began, who administers it, what federal regulations it falls under
Step 2- Research into the requirements for each state-results to be shown maybe in a table format?
Step 3- Current contacts and websites for each state/major city
Step 4- Discussion with current DBE certified firms -lessons learned section?

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