Compendium of Successful Practices, Strategies, and Resources in the FHWA Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The objective of this research is to develop a compendium of practices that have been most beneficial to those firms that have graduated from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program or have successfully competed within the program, both through the state DOTs’ implementation of the program requirements and through participating in Supportive Services such as business development programs. This research is looking for specific strategies, experiences, and resources that can be used by DBE firms; state DOTs, with the support of FHWA; and service providers in implementing a successful DBE program. This compendium will (1) document business practices and experiences of successful DBE firms and assess their potential for broad application, (2) present matrices that illustrate key features of state DOT DBE programs that contribute to the success of DBE firms, and (3) provide case studies that feature application to real-world challenges and successes in the participation and administration of DBE programs. Accomplishment of the project objective will require at least the following tasks.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $175000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-95A

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Keen Independent Research, LLC

    Denver, CO  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Keen, David

  • Start Date: 20170410
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180709
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180709
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41148

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01612534
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-95A
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2016 1:00AM