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Authority Contact Person:


If you are in need of assistance, or have questions regarding the Authority’s DBE Program, please contact:

Karmin Bailey
4600 International Gateway
Columbus, Ohio 43219

For certification questions or to search the DBE directory visit the Ohio UCP DBE Program Website at

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.

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:

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.


DBE Certification


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.

Eligibility Requirements
Before being certified as a DBE, a company must meet these five requirements of the Ohio UCP:


DBE Compliance

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:

Please click here for a review of our DBE Compliance program.

DBE Bidding Forms



DBE Resources