It is the policy of the United States government to encourage small and disadvantaged businesses. One such program is the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) system established in Part 26 of the Federal Regulations. Under this program, states who receive federal highway funds are required to establish a program which follows the guidelines of Part 26.
The guidelines of Part 26 require all contracts funded with Federal Highway funds to ensure that a certain percentage of each contract goes towards work completed by certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, also known as DBEs. In fact, one of the most problematic issues with the DBE program is that states have a hard time finding enough qualified DBEs to perform the percentage of work to fulfill the guidelines of Part 26. One reason why states face difficulties in finding enough DBEs is that many businesses DBE applications are denied by the state officials charged with certifying DBEs. So, it is important for applicants to know the correct rules and processes of application to successfully become a certified DBE.
This presentation by expert speaker Zach Jones will guide businesses interested in obtaining DBE certification through the process. Along the way, he will explain key tips and tricks to avoid having their DBE application denied. Through this session, you will get valuable insights into the DBE certification process, understand the key program requirements, and learn to avoid common landmines when applying for DBE certification.
Who Should Attend
Zach Jones is a construction attorney in Louisville, Kentucky, with the firm of Stites & Harbison who represents contractors across the country and around the world. Prior to becoming an attorney, Zach was a project engineer and estimator for W.L. Hailey & Company (now Layne, ENR Top 400 #53). Havin... More info