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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise  (DBE) Supportive Services Program is a valuable and necessary resource to ensure the

improved economic growth and future of firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in the state of Arkansas.

Firms engaged in and/or interested in performing highway-related work that are certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) are

eligible to receive business development, training, financing and bonding assistance, and through the DBE Supportive Services Program.

ADBECA administers this program for Arkansas Department of Transportation.

ADBECA's staff or private consultants provide program services to firms on an individual counseling basis as well as workshops and seminars.

There is a plan and specification center available to DBEs, located at 1510 South Broadway, Little Rock, AR 72202. The hours of operation

for the plans and specification center are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, or by request.   Funding for the program is provided by

the Federal Highway Administration, enabling all services to be provided at NO COST to qualifying DBE firms.

Prior to receipt of any service, the firm must first complete a short intake form. The intake form can be completed by telephoning ADBECA or

downloading directly from this web site.

ADBECA will then determine the firm’s eligibility and identify the specific area of assistance that will best meet the firm’s needs.

ADBECA Supportive Services

The Purpose of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Service Program is to seek, enhance and

increase minority- and female-owned firms ready for participation in the highway construction industry in Arkansas.

Supportive Services provides the following services to certified DBE contractors:

  • Assists DBE contractors in becoming bonded and obtaining financial assistance by advising, helping, and acting
as a liaison between DBE and the bonding company and financial institution.
  • Assists DBE contractors in preparing financial documents through an approved consultant by the Arkansas
Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD):
    • Provides technical assistance according to the needs of the DBE contractor;
    • Provide access to all DBE bidders and provide access to DBE Supportive Services when the contract
    requires DBE participation;
    • Maintains and provides access to a computerized database on all DBE’s;
    • Maintain a database of AHTD approved Supportive Service Consultants;
    • Conducts training seminars in various locations in the state;
    • Provides copies of plans and specifications of the projects in the upcoming letting;
    • Provides the meeting room the night before each AHTD letting;
    • Attends DBE Certification Committee and DBE Advisory Committee meetings;
    • Makes a concentrated effort to locate qualified DBE contractors and assist them in becoming certified.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2020 15:46