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Small Business Enterprise Program

The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is open to all business owners regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. To be an eligible Small Business Enterprise a business must have a least 51% ownership by a person who is economically disadvantaged. To be considered economically disadvantaged the individual’s Personal Net Worth, not including their primary place of residence or ownership in the business cannot exceed $1.32 million in compliance with the 49 CFR Part 26.67. An SBE business owner must be a U.S. Citizen or lawfully permanent resident of the U.S.

Additionally, the business must be for-profit and must meet the annual gross receipts cap of $17.42 million as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 and must meet the size criteria defined by the Small Business Administration. SBE size standards can be accessed here.

Businesses that are currently DBE-certified with the LAUCP must submit an SBE Affidavit of Certification Eligibility. Businesses that are owned by minorities or women and that are not currently DBE-certified must submit a complete a DBE Certification application with all supporting documentation.

Certification by the State/Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (SLDBE) program does not automatically qualify the firm for either DBE or SBE status. Small and Disadvantaged businesses seeking to participate in the DBE or SBE programs must have DBE certification through a member of the LAUCP and/or SBE certification through the NORTA.

Only the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) is processing SBE certification applications, at this time. Visit NORTA’s small business program website for more information and application documents.

DBE Liaison Officer:
Philistine Ferrand
504.303.7614 (fax)


1 Terminal Drive
Kenner, LA 70062

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