A Guidebook for Increasing Diverse and Small Business Participation in Airport Business Opportunities

Airports serve as transportation gateways and also play important roles as economic drivers in the economy. Many federal, state, and local statutes and regulations require airport operators to promote the participation of minority and small businesses in various types of airport contracts. In addition to the legal requirements, many airport operators choose to take voluntary steps to promote local and disadvantaged business participation. Airports seek guidance for consistent interpretation of requirements implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. While state and local programs may vary with respect to their specific requirements, many of the methods for promoting participation can be applied broadly. Research is needed to develop resources that compile best practices and offer executable solutions for airport operators who wish to increase their local and disadvantaged business participation. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to assist airports with promoting airport opportunities to diverse businesses. For the purpose of this guidebook, airport opportunities include construction, professional services, goods and services, and concessions. Diverse businesses include DBE, Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses. The guidebook should identify best practices and outline applicable federal requirements to enable consistent administration of the federal DBE program.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-25

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Exstare Federal Services Group

  • Principal Investigators:

    West, Nancy

  • Start Date: 20130807
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140906
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37818

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543923
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-25
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2014 1:01AM