DBE certification is a Federal designation used in conjunction with US Department of Transportation (US DOT) funded projects and contracts. To qualify as a DBE, the business must be owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons as defined by DBE Regulation 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. The presumption of disadvantage is refutable.
DBE - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
MBE - Minority Business Enterprise