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 $30.40 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.
If you are a qualifying firm seeking NEW SBE certification with RTD, download the New Certification Application Packet. Once you have gathered all documents and filled out the application and personal financial statement, email everything to [email protected]. You may request a secure link to upload your documents by reaching out at [email protected].
If you are RECERTIFYING after 6 years of RTD SBE Certification, download the Recertification Application Packet. Once you have gathered all documents and filled out the application and personal financial statement, email everything to [email protected]. You may request a secure link to upload your documents by reaching out at [email protected].
If you are a currently certified SBE firm with RTD and are completing your ANNUAL UPDATE, download the Annual Update Application Packet. Once you have filled out the Change/No Change Affidavit, send it along with the firm’s most recent federal tax returns and extensions if applicable to [email protected]. You may request a secure link to upload your documents by reaching out at [email protected].
For more information, please contact RTD’s Small Business Opportunity Office at [email protected]. If you would like to speak to the Small Business Opportunity Office Manager or set up a meeting to discuss your firm, please call 303-299-2111, or email [email protected]
RTD’s Small Business Opportunity 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.
Read RTD's 2023-2025 DBE Goal Notice
In accordance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation as set forth in 49 C.F.R. Part 26, as amended, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, Colorado, hereby notifies the public that it is recommending the following Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal which represents the percentage of work to be accomplished by DBE prime contractors, subcontractors, consultants, vendors and material suppliers for professional services, construction and procurement contracts on federal-aid transit projects and grants during the Federal Fiscal Years of 2023-2025, beginning October 1, 2022 and ending September 30, 2025. The overall proposed DBE goal for FFY 2023-2025 is 14.5%. The DBE Goal Methodology and all information pertaining to this goal and a description of how it was selected is available for inspection from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. (Mountain Time) at the Regional Transportation District Executive Offices located at 1660 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado 80202 for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice. Digital version will be available through a Microsoft TEAMS virtual meeting upon request made through the RTD’s Small Business Office email address: [email protected] Written comments of this goal will be accepted for 45 calendar days from the date of publication of this notice. The comments are for informational purposes only and may be sent to the RTD Civil Rights Division, same address, AND to the Regional Civil Rights Officer, Federal Transit Administration, Regions VII and VIII, Byron Rogers Federal Building – 1961 Stout Street, Suite 13-301, Denver, Colorado 80202.
Update to RTD's SBE Certification Program
Update on RTD’s SBE Certification Program
Please be advised: As of November 15, 2022, RTD will accept and process new applications as part of the Small Business Certification (SBE) Program to add new SBE certified firms. 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. There is no additional action needed from your part.
If you are interested in becoming a RTD SBE Certified Firm, visit www.rtd-denver.com/business-center/dbesbe/certification for SBE Certification application forms, checklists, and more information.
During a transitional time, RTD will continue to accept other certifications comparable to RTD’s SBE certification from the City and County of Denver and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to be counted toward projects with SBE Goals. These other certifications that RTD will temporarily accept on our locally funded projects with SBE goals are:
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification from the Colorado UCP (City and County of Denver and CDOT)
- Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification from the City and County of Denver
- Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certification from the City and County of Denver.
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. RTD will continue to set SBE goals on our locally funded projects and honor RTD SBE certifications on RTD contracts with SBE goals.
For more information, please contact RTD’s Small Business Office at [email protected]
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RTD FasTracks Small Business Success Story
The RTD Civil Rights Division’s Small Business Opportunity 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 $30.40 million in gross annual receipts.
Must be organized as a for-profit business.
For more information about DBE Certification and the application process, visit one of the following agencies:
City & County of Denver:
CO Department of Transportation (CDOT):