About the Program
The City of Las Cruces' Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to provide a level playing field for small minority- and women-owned companies wanting to do business with the City on projects funded wholly or in part by various U.S. Department of Transportation agencies.
DBEs are for-profit small businesses where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.
According to Federal DBE guidelines, the following are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged:
- African Americans
- Asian-Pacific Americans
- Native Americans
- Subcontinent Asian Americans
Other individuals can also qualify on a case-by-case basis.
The DBE Program is administered in New Mexico by the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. To participate in this program, a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, which can be accessed through its Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.