Port Authority's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program creates a level playing field, removing barriers and assisting in the development of businesses like yours.


Port Authority of Allegheny County spends millions of dollars each year on the purchase of parts, supplies and services in support of its daily operations. In addition, regular contracts are available for major construction projects, such as busway and light rail construction, as well as renovation and expansion of existing facilities.

As part of the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), Port Authority's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program is committed to creating opportunity for disadvantaged business owners.

To benefit from the program, businesses must successfully complete an application for certification. Goals have been established in support of the program and available purchasing opportunities. These goals reflect participation levels that have been exceeded by minority- and women-owned firms.

What is a DBE business?

A DBE is a for-profit small business in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.

Members of the following groups are presumed to be socially disadvantaged:

  • Women
  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian Americans
  • Other groups deemed Disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration

DBE Certification

To ensure this program benefits only Disadvantaged Business Enterprises that are owned and whose management and daily operations are controlled by one or more minorities or women, all firms wishing to participate as DBEs for Port Authority contracts must be certified.

Firms seeking to be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise can:

Download and complete the DBE application

Contact DBE

For more information, please view our DBE Policy.