Certification Definitions

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  • SBE (Small Business Enterprise) - Contractors, suppliers, and professional service providers located in Maricopa County that have been granted SBE certification by the city. The SBE program has no ethnic or gender requirements.

    DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) - Firms located in the United States that are owned and controlled by a person or persons belonging to designated minority groups or by women. This certification is valid for city contracts that include funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This certification is valid on all contracts bid by the city of Phoenix that specify the utilization of DBE subcontractors and on projects bid by Maricopa County that specify the use of minorities or women.

    Go to azdbe.org for the listing of DBE-certified firms or click on "Related Links" below for the Arizona Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program.


  • Contractors - Licensed construction contractors
  • Consultants - Professional service providers
  • Services - General service providers
  • Vendors/Suppliers - Businesses that provide commodities or goods