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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

MAX Transit is interested in firms that demonstrate a commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and encourages firms to employ a work force that reflects the region’s diversity and to adhere to non-discrimination provisions. As a federal Grantee, MAX Transit must have a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise(DBE) Policy, annual DBE Goals ,and a Civil Rights/Title VI Policy in place. MAX Transit encourages small and women or minority-owned Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) firms to submit bids or proposals. (DBE) firms to submit bids or proposals. DBE firms are encouraged to afford all potential business partners and equal, non-discriminatory opportunity to compete for business as joint venture partners or subcontractors

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At the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, we foster solid economic growth by diversifying our supplier base - it is one of the many ways we offer value to our customers, stakeholders, employees and the communities we serve.

WE TAP INTO THE POWER OF DIVERSITY - by taking steps to actively participate in encouraging our employees to stimulate the economy by supporting minority-owned, woman-owned and small and diverse businesses when seeking new products and services.

OUR COMMITMENT IS UNWAVERING - as we continue to grow local and diverse business, we also maintain our competitive advantage. Thanks to the Disadvantage Business Enterprises Program, we are able to identify and utilize companies which provide high-quality products and services to benefit our 3 million bus riders.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY - we believe this gives us an opportunity to positively contribute to our communities. Overall, we encourage certified suppliers to join us in partnering with the Disadvantage Business Enterprise program initiatives.

What is DBE?

The intent of the Program is to eliminate barriers for women and minorities participating in contracting opportunities. The program is not a quota or set aside program; it is goal-based requiring good faith efforts to meet goals.

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program(DBE) is a vehicle to make it easier for minorities to compete for procurement opportunities. The DBE Program is applicable to projects that are funded with federal dollars received through grants from the FAA, FHWA, or FTA. The DBE Program is governed by 49 CFR Part 26 & 23. BJCTA adheres to the DBE guidelines for federally and non-federally funded projects.

What Defines a Disadvantaged Business Entity?

Firm must be an existing small business, as defined by Small Business Administration Standards.

51% owned by one or more minority individuals


Owner(s) must control the business operations of the firm.

Economically Disadvantaged

Person Net Worth must be below $1.32 Million and business gross less than $23.98 Million

Socially Disadvantaged

African American, Female, Native American, Asian-Pacific and other minority classifications

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