DBE/SBE Certification

Supporting small and disadvantaged businesses

Enjoy the benefits

Become certified and enjoy the many benefits, including:

  • More opportunities to participate on locally and federally funded projects.
  • Periodic opportunity alerts.
  • An increase in direct contacts from primes using the official directory lists to find subcontractors.
  • Additional networking event opportunities.
  • More opportunities from prime contractors needing to fulfill SBE/DBE participation goal requirements.
  • National exposure.

Small Business Enterprise

Qualify

To become SBE certified, your business must meet the following qualifications:

  • Gross receipts (averaged over three years) of less than $20.41 million.

  • The net worth of majority owner (51 percent) cannot exceed $1,320,000.

The SBE Certification Program is open to all businesses regardless of race or gender of the owners of the business.

Apply

We process SBE applications in-house. To become an RTD certified Small Business Enterprise, please complete the following forms:

Or call the Civil Rights Division at 303-299-2111 to receive the applications in the mail. Applications submitted without the personal financial statement and other supporting documentation will be returned.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Qualify

To become DBE certified, your business must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be at least 51 percent owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) who also controls the firm.

  • The disadvantaged owner must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.

  • Must be a small business that meets the Small Business Administration's size standard and does not exceed $20.41 million in gross annual receipts.

  • Must be organized as a for-profit business.

Apply

To receive a DBE application, call or visit one of the following agencies: