MARTA's Board of Directors strongly supports the
participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Our program is based on
49CFR26. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for assuring that
all vendors are treated equitably in accordance with Federal laws and
regulations governing the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.
In addition we assist Disadvantaged Businesses (small, minority and women owned
companies) in obtaining opportunities with MARTA's procurement of goods and
create a level playing field on which such firms can compete fairly for MARTA
non-discrimination in the award and administration of United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)-assisted contracts;
participation of qualified firms that are owned, operated and controlled by
socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in the award and
administration of USDOT-assisted contracts;
remove present and past barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted
ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable
ensure that only firms that meet all the eligibility standards are permitted to
participate as DBE firms; and
assist in the development of firms that con compete successfully in the
marketplace outside the DBE program.
For Federal Fiscal Years 2015-2017, MARTA established
a DBE program goal of 30%; 25% race conscious; and 5% race neutral. MARTA intends to award at least 30% of its
total DOT-assisted contracts with qualified DBE firms through race conscious
and race neutral means.
DBE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Owner(s) must own 51 percent of the firm and be a
member(s) of one of the following groups:
- Women (Regardless of race)
- Black Americans
- Hispanic Americans
- Native Americans
- Asian-Pacific Americans
- Subcontinent Asian Americans
Any additional groups whose members are designated as
socially and economically disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration
(SBA) and has a personal net worth not to exceed $1.32 million (minus the value
of their principal residence and interest in the business).
DOES SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGE MEAN?
Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have
been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American
society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to
their individual qualities. Social disadvantage must stem from circumstances
beyond their control. Evidence of individual social disadvantage must include
the following elements:
(A) At least one objective distinguishing feature that
has contributed to social disadvantage, such as race, ethnic origin, gender,
disability, long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream
of American society, or other similar causes not common to individuals who are
not socially disadvantaged;
(B) Personal experiences of substantial and chronic
social disadvantage in American society, not in other countries; and
(C) Negative impact on entry into or advancement in
the business world because of the disadvantage.
DOES ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE MEAN?
Economically disadvantaged individuals are socially
disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise
system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as
compared to others in the same or similar line of business who are not socially
disadvantaged. Each individual claiming economic disadvantage must describe the
conditions which are the basis for the claim in a narrative statement, and must
submit personal financial information.
For more information on the Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise (DBE) program, or to become DBE certified
http://www.itsmarta.com/dbe-program.aspx; and to update your firm’s profile