Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Metro is committed to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) involvement in transit projects and purchasing.

We welcome the opportunity to work with all businesses, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women's Business Enterprises (WBE), Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE) and Small Business Enterprises (SBE).

For information on doing business with Metro or for information concerning Metro's DBE program, contact:
Metro/Diversity & Inclusion
1401 Bank St, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45214-1782

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation, DBE regulations, 49 CFR Part 26, it is Metro's policy to utilize ready, willing, and able disadvantaged and small businesses and to use the best efforts possible to level the playing field in the market place by ensuring these firms have the opportunity to participate in the procurement process. Metro has established race-conscious and race-neutral initiatives in the DBE annual and contract specific goals to provide opportunities in all procurement activities.

DBE* firms must be certified by the Ohio Department of Transportation Unified Certification Program (UCP), the City of Cincinnati Equal Business Opportunity Commission Office, or the Ohio Department of Administrative Services at the time of bid submission. Metro reserves the right to accept or reject a firm’s certification from other agencies on a case-by-case basis. In making this determination Metro will evaluate whether the certification was conducted under the standards of the certifying agency.

• Ohio Department of Transportation - www.ohioucp.org
• US Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization - www.osdbu.dot.gov
• Federal Transit Administration – www.fta.dot.gov
• US Department of Labor, Davis-Bacon Information – www.dol.gov/esa/programs/dbra/index.htm
• Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations - www.gpo.gov/davisbacon

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, (SORTA) is proposing a Federal Fiscal Year 2018 - 2020 overall triennial goal of 9.23% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in federally funded contracts.

A description of how the proposed goal was established is available for public inspection Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M. at the SORTA/Metro, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, located at 1401 Bank Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214-1782, for thirty (30) days following this notice.
Posted June 27, 2017

SORTA/Metro will accept written comments on this goal for a period of forty-five (45) days following the date of this notice.  Address comments to:

DBE Liaison Officer
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
1401-B Bank Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214