Authority Contact Person:
If you are in need of assistance, or have questions regarding the Authority’s DBE Program, please contact:
Danielle Thompson, MBA
Manager, Business Diversity
4600 International Gateway
Columbus, Ohio 43219
For certification questions or to search the DBE directory visit the Ohio UCP DBE Program Website at ohioucp.org.
At the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, we recognize the value of working with a diverse group of local business partners. We work diligently to create a reliable, systematic approach to procurement that inspires diversity and inclusion.
Not only is this a better way to do business, but when we create strategic opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses, the result is a stronger Central Ohio region.
- We ensure fairness and integrity in our procurement practices.
- We connect to our potential supplier community at trade fairs, vendor expos, small business conferences and other community- wide outreach forums.
- We collaborate with our own end users and decentralized buyers to provide diversity, inclusion and procurement education.
- We encourage and maintain a culture of fair and open competition.
Please click the following link to view a copy of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s DBE Policy Statement and DBE Program. Firms interested in registering to do business with CRAA, may do so by clicking on the following link: Register To Do Business With CRAA.
Click on the below for additional details:
As a recipient of U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) funds, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority administers a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in compliance with Part 26 - Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs and Part 23 - Participation Of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise In Airport Concessions. This program assists with participation in contracting opportunities for businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women.
The DBE Program objectives are to:
- Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of federally assisted contracts.
- Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete for federally assisted contracts.
- Help remove barriers that affect participation of DBEs in Federally assisted contracts; and
- Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program
Small Business Verification
In 2011, the USDOT issued a rule requiring the development of a small business element to the DBE program. The small business element is one method of achieving race-neutral efforts for DBE participation. By definition, DBEs are also SBEs. The Authority’s small business element includes outreach activities, verification of certified SBEs, monitoring SBE participation on contracts, and tracking payments made to SBEs.
Firms interested in registering as a small business with the CRAA, may do so by clicking on the following link Small Business Registration.
In order for small disadvantaged firms, including those owned by minorities and women, to participate as a DBE or ACDBE in federally-assisted contracts, they must apply for and receive certification.
Before being certified as a DBE, a company must meet these five requirements of the Ohio UCP:
- The owner must be a member of a socially and economically disadvantaged group. This means owners who are citizens of the United States, or who are lawfully admitted permanent residents, and are: Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Subcontinent Asians, or women regardless of race.
- The business must be owned, at least 51%, by one or more individuals who are considered members of a socially and economically disadvantaged group.
- The disadvantaged owner(s) must control the company's management and daily operations.
- A disadvantaged owner(s) personal net worth cannot exceed $1,320,000 (excluding ownership interest in the firm and the equity in his/her primary residence).
- The company must meet the Small Business Administration's Size Standard requirements.
- Within the State of Ohio, DBE and ACDBE certification is performed by the Ohio Unified Certification Program (OHUCP). The Columbus Regional Airport Authority is a member of the Ohio UCP. The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Contracts, DBE Section, processes DBE/ACDBE certification applications for the state of Ohio. To download an application, obtain additional information regarding DBE Certification, or for a listing of currently certified DBE firms, please visit ohioucp.org or call 614.466.3778.
The DBE Program ensures all program participant compliance with federal requirements pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26. DBE compliance is to ensure that scheduled work is actually being performed, managed, and controlled by the DBE Company contracted to perform on the contract.
The Authority’s DBE Compliance Program engages in the following activities in its efforts to monitor contracts:
- Conducts desk audits to determine actual DBE participation level for each project
- Conducts on-site readiness and compliance visits
- Reviews prime contractor’s billings and payments to subcontractors and suppliers for payment
- Reviews change orders for their effect on DBE contract values
- Attends project progress meetings
Please click here for a review of our DBE Compliance program.
DBE Bidding Forms
- Information For Bidders
- Guidance Concerning Good Faith Efforts
- Declaration Of Proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Utilization
- Schedule of Subcontractors
- Affidavit of DBE Intent to Perform
- Monthly Subcontractor Payment Certification and DBE Utilization Report (.xlsx)
- Monthly Subcontractor Payment Certification and DBE Utilization Report (.pdf)
- Request For Approval Of Change To Original Schedule Of Subcontractors
- Airport Minority Advisory Council
- Asian American Commerce Group
- Builders Exchange of Central Ohio
- City of Columbus Equal Business Opportunity Commission Office
- Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Diversity Bridge
- Community Capital Development Corporation (CCDC)
- Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
- Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI)
- Hispanic Chamber of Columbus
- Increase CDC
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- Ohio Capital Access Program (OCAP)
- Ohio MBE/EDGE Certification
- Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers
- Ohio Minority Business Direct Loan Program
- Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council/WBENC Certification
- Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College
- Ohio Unified Certification Program/Supportive Services
- Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
- Small Business Administration
- South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (SCOMSDC)
- State of Ohio Wage and Hours
- Davis Bacon