Small, Minority & Disadvantaged Business 

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Maryland's Official Certification Agency

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is Maryland's official certification agency for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. We ensure only bona fide MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE firms participate in our program through our comprehensive certification program. Certified firms appear in MDOT's Online Directory of Certified Firms.

Please visit the "Certifications and Forms" page for information on the certification programs and required documentation. Please contact the OMBE office for assistance regarding the certification programs.


Important Messages

The MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification Application Assistance Webinar dates for 2022 have been posted. Registration is now open! 2022 MBE/DBE/ACDBE AAW Schedule

The Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Minority Business Enterprise is pleased to announce the implementation of a new Certification Management System (CMS), accessed through a cloud-based web portal. On-line Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantage Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) applications for new certifications and Annual Reviews will be processed through this new system. Key features include the following:

  • Online applications for new certifications and annual reviews
  • Enhanced Online Directory with key-word search capabilities
  • Electronic submission of changes to the business firm profile
  • Online training on how to use the system for certification and annual review
  • Ability to submit online technical support ticket 24/7 Click Here - Online Support
OMBE staff can be contacted directly at 410-865-1269 or by email at MBE@mdot.maryland.gov for general inquires or mbereview@mdot.maryland.gov for Annual Review specific inquiries.

CHANGE IN 3-YEAR MEASURE to 5-YEAR MEASURE for NAICS CODE SIZE CALCULATIONS

The Small Business Administration (SBA) amended the regulation by which SBA establishes how a business meets size standards for a particular NAICS code. Effective January 6, 2022, the period has been changed from 3 years to 5 years.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) DBE size cap found at 49 C.F.R. 26.65(b) is still subject to the 3-year gross receipts average.

As of January 1, 2022 the Personal Net Worth Cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program will increase from to $1,788,677 to $1,847,024. For more information please click here.

We have been notified of phishing attempts targeting firms listed in our Directory. These phishing attempts include attachments and/or links that are not safe to open/click. If you ever question the validity of any email do not hesitate to contact the Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE).

Email: mbe@mdot.maryland.gov
Phone: 410-865-1269

For more information including application instructions visit the SBA's Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource Webpage

FFYs 2022 through 2024 Proposed DBE Participation Goals for SHA
Race-conscious Race-neutral Total

22.90 %

3.49 %

26.39 %

MDOT-SHA is proposing the following DBE Goal for FFYs 2022-2024. If there are any questions, please contact the MBE Office at mdotmbeoutreach@mdot.maryland.gov and/or call 410-865-1298.

MDOT-Planning has proposed the following DBE Goal for FFYs 2022-2024 for the Unified Planning Work Programs (UPWPs) of each Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), USDOT funded projects.

MDOT-Planning Overall DBE Goals for FFYs 2022-2024 DBE Participation Goals
Race-conscious Race-neutral Total

19.2 %

7.0 %

26.2 %


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