The Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program
is the second-largest source of potential small business contract dollars. The DOT should
allow HUBZone and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned companies to be recognized in the
DBE program. This change would provide increased opportunities for HUBZone
businesses hire more employees from underserved communities and contribute to the
economic development of the nation's most economically challenged communities.
Additionally, the HUBZone Program includes a large portfolio of construction and
engineering companies that would become eligible to submit contract proposals if given
equal access to DBE opportunities.