A Message from the Equal Opportunity Director

Dear Business Partner:

Thank you for your interest in becoming certified as a Small or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (S/DBE) with the city of Phoenix. 

Please follow the application process for certification at phoenix.diversity compliance.com. The application allows you to apply for certification as a Small Business Enterprise )SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). 

The following are descriptions of the certification types.   

SBE (Small Business Enterprise) Certification - Firms must be located in Maricopa County and must meet the small business size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Owners must submit information to verify that their personal net worth does not exceed $1.32 million, excluding the equity interest in their primary residence and the value of their ownership in the applicant business to be certified.  SBE certification does not apply to federally assisted projects that require DBE participation.

DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Certification - Qualified firms located in the United States (regardless of location) are eligible to participate in city of Phoenix business opportunities that specify DBE certification. Firms certified by any AZUCP (Arizona Unified Certification Program) member (i.e., the Arizona Department of Transportation, the city of Phoenix or the city of Tucson) are eligible for participation on federally funded projects.  However, firms located outside of Maricopa County must be certified in their home state by an agency that certifies firms under the provisions of 49 CFR Part 26, and that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a DBE-certifying entity.

To be certified, the owners of a business seeking DBE certification must have a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million, excluding their equity interest in their primary residence and the value of their ownership interest in the applicant business.

Verifying documentation must be submitted with all certification applications. The review process takes approximately 16 weeks and may include an on-site visit to your place of business if your firm is located in Maricopa County. You will receive written notification of the status of your application when the certification process is complete.

If you have questions or would like assistance in the certification process, contact us at 602-262-6790/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Arizona time.

We appreciate your interest in our programs.


Lionel D. Lyons, Director
Equal Opportunity Department