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


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

  • Gross receipts (averaged over three years) of less than $23.98 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.

Update on RTD’s SBE Certification Program

Please be advised: As of Monday, February 22, 2021, RTD temporarily suspended its Small Business Certification (SBE) and will not be accepting or processing new SBE certifications until further notice. If you are currently certified with RTD as an SBE, RTD will continue to process the annual updates and renewals of your RTD SBE certifications. RTD will continue to set SBE goals on our locally funded projects and honor RTD SBE certifications on RTD contracts with SBE goals.

Please Note: As of Monday, February 22, 2021, RTD will accept other certifications comparable to RTD’s SBE certification from the City and County of Denver and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The certifications that RTD will accept on our locally funded projects with SBE goals include the following:

RTD’s Small Business Office continues to focus on building a stronger Colorado economy by ensuring compliance of goals set and providing training so that small/minority/disadvantaged/women owned businesses can grow and thrive in this competitive industry. For more information, please contact RTD’s Small Business Office at [email protected].

Read RTD's 2023-2025 Proposed DBE Goal Notice

Read RTD's 2020-2022 DBE Goal Notice

Update to RTD's SBE Certification Program

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RTD FasTracks Small Business Success Story

The RTD Civil Rights Division’s Small Business Office would like to present the RTD FasTracks Small Business Success Story. This is a commemorative video to capture the outstanding accomplishments and success stories of small, minority, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses that helped build RTD’s multi-modal expansion project known as FasTracks.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise


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 $23.98 million in gross annual receipts.

  • Must be organized as a for-profit business.


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