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The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is committed to creating opportunity for disadvantaged, small, minority and women-owned business enterprises (D/SM/WBEs) to compete equitably for business opportunities and achieve economic success, contributing to MSY’s overall mission of expanding horizons.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, pursuant to 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26, includes all contracts for construction, professional services, and procurement, which are funded in whole or in part by federal dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This also includes certain concessions operations at the airport. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, the NOAB is mandated to maintain a viable DBE program to promote and maintain a level playing field for all DBEs to compete for and to perform on these federally-funded contracts. The NOAB adheres to nondiscriminatory practices in the award and administration of all DOT assisted contracts. Additionally, it is MSY’s stated commitment to remove any barriers which may impede DBE participation, and to assist in the development of DBE firms to compete successfully, ensuring that the DBE Program is tailored in accordance with applicable laws, and consistently implementing DBE eligibility standards which are consistent with 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

In order to comply with our DBE Program, the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) has established a DBE office and has appointed a DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO) to coordinate and administer the program and plan. Any small business owner embarking on the DBE certification process is advised to complete and submit a DBE application to the DBELO at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The DBELO then conducts a site visit to verify status and issue a decision. The NOAB will certify only those businesses which are at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by persons who are socially and economically disadvantaged.


An eligible DBE must be an independent business.  Ownership and control of the small business by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) must be documented and substantive, and distress criteria must be found to be pervasive. Individuals who are members of the following groups and are citizens of the Unites States may be reputably presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged: African-Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Subcontinental Asian Americans, women, and other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration. The DBE owners must share in the risks and profits commensurate with their ownership interests, and must also possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the day-to-day management and major decisions of the firm. There cannot be any restrictions which prevent the DBE owners from making a business decision without the cooperation or vote of the non-DBE owners. If non-DBE members of the firm are disproportionately responsible for the operation of the firm, then the firm will not be certified.

DBE Liaison Officer:
Philistine Ferrand
504.303.7614 (fax)


1 Terminal Drive
Kenner, LA 70062

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