The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (the Airport) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs) and CFR Part 23 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Airport Concessions).
It is the policy of the Airport to ensure that DBE's and ACDBE's (Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises), as defined in Part 23 and 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy –
- To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;
- To create a level playing field on which DBE's can compete fairly for DOT assisted contract
- To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
- To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBE's and firms that meet 49 Part 23 eligibility standards are permitted to work as ACDBE's;
- To help remove barriers to the participation of DBE's in DOT assisted contracts;
- To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.
LA UCP DBE Certification
Firms must be certified by the Louisiana Unified Certification Program (LA UCP) for their work to count towards DBE participation. If your firm would like to become certified, contact one of the participating LA UCP certifying agencies directly.
A list of certifying agencies by region can be found at:
Please note that all firms may apply with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). Firms may also apply with the respective certifying agencies which are located within the region where the firm is located. Out of state firms may apply with any LA UCP certifying agency, however they must first be certified within their own state.
A directory of DBE firms that are LA UCP certified is located at:
· Ownership - Your business must be 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s).
· Disadvantaged - You may be eligible if you are a member of a group of persons the DOT considers as disadvantaged. The DOT presumes certain groups are disadvantaged, including women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans, or other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Persons who are not members of one of the above groups and own and control their business may also be eligible if they establish their "social" and "economic" disadvantage.
· Business Size Determination - A firm (including its affiliates) must be a small business as defined by SBA standards.
· Personal Net Worth - Only disadvantaged persons having a personal net worth of less than $750,000 can be considered as a potential qualified DBE.
· Independence - The business must not be tied to another firm in such a way as to compromise its independence and control.
· Control - A disadvantaged owner seeking certification must possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the firm. The owner must also have an overall understanding of, and managerial and technical competence and experience directly related to, the type of business in which the firm is engaged.
· Burden of Proof Allocation - Applicants carry the initial burden of proof regarding their eligibility and must demonstrate that they meet all requirements concerning group membership or individual disadvantage, business size, ownership, and control.
For more information on DBE eligibility please contact the LADOTD or another LA UCP certifying agency. A list of certifying agencies can be found at:
The Airport conducts an outreach program each year which includes an overview of the program, and an in-depth tutorial for the public including how to become certified by the LA UCP, how to comply with the Airport's DBE program, and where to find services at local small business development centers.
Below are the schedules for DBE participation at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
SCHEDULE A: Respondent's or Proposer's DBE Participation Assurance Form
SCHEDULE B: DBE Firm's Participation Assurance Form
SCHEDULE C: DBE Unavailability Certification Form
Form 1: Contractor or Consultant's Monthly Report
Form 2: Request for Substitution and/or removal of a DBE Subcontractor or Subconsultant.
The DBE goal for FY 2008 is 9.3% The ACDBE goal for FY 2007-2009 is 3.8% for concessions other than car rentals and 0.8% for car rentals.
The Airport advertises business opportunities in the legal section of the Baton Rouge Advocate. Individuals and firms interested in business at the Airport are encouraged to monitor the newspaper. (http://www.2theadvocate.com/)
DBE Liaison Officer
Phone: (225) 355-0333
Fax: (225) 355-2334
9430 Jackie Cochran Dr., Suite 300
Baton Rouge, LA 70807