DBE and SBE Programs

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise


Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has established an overall DBE participation goal of 15.0% (as amended)  for FFYs 2018-2020.

The proposed goal and its rationale are available for inspection Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at KCATA’s Finance/Grants offices, 1350 E. 17th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.  Comments and inquiries will be accepted from the public for 45 days following the date of this notice and may be directed to Whitney Morgan, KCATA, at the above address (e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or to the Federal Transit Administration Region VIII, Byron Rogers Federal Building, Civil Rights Office, 1961 Stout Street, Suite 13-301, Denver, CO 80294.

A public meeting will be held Monday, July 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at KCATA’s Breen Bldg., Large Conf. Rm., 1200 E. 18th St., KCMO.  The meeting is to discuss the USDOT’s recommended methodology for setting annual goals, and to include your input in the goal setting processing.


Download the ATA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Policy statement.

DBE Program. 


To be certified as a bona fide Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) your firm must meet the criteria established by the Department of Transportation under 49 CFR Part 26 established March 1, 1999. Key considerations include, but are not limited to:

Required Forms

  1. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Application (must be signed and notarized)
  2. Statement of Personal Net Worth

Note: If you firm has a current Letter of Certificate of Compliance issued by another governmental agency that has reviewed and certified your firm as a DBE in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, you may submit it as part of the certification process with KCATA. Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26.81, the KCATA participates in Missouri's Unified Certification Program through the Missouri Regional Certification Committee (MRCC). A firm that is certified through a partner agency will also be considered "certified" through the MRCC. Certified firms will be included in the MRCC DBE Directory, which is available to interested parties. You may access the MRCC DBE Directory at the Missouri Department of Transportation website.

DBE Directory

Kansas Department of Transportation DBE Directory

Missouri Regional Certification Committee DBE Directory

DBE Benefits

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program 

To facilitate competition by small business on projects funded in part by the Department of Transportation (DOT), KCATA has implemented a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Development Program as mandated in 49 CFR Part 26.39. This program fosters small business growth and competitive bidding on USDOT funded projects. The program operates in a race and gender neutral manner and is designed to include all segments of the business community. In order to be eligible as a Small Business Enterprise, firms must: 1) fall within the Small Business Administration’s size guidelines; and 2) the Owner’s Personal Net Worth (PNW) cannot exceed the cap determined by USDOT (as amended) which is currently $1.32 million. Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) are small businesses and are automatically included in the SBE program.

In order to participate in the SBE program, firms must complete the “Small Business Enterprise Declaration of Certification Affidavit.” Firms that have the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Certification, as described in 13 CFR Parts 121 and 124, may submit a copy of its certificate. Firms that are not certified as 8(a) firms by the SBA must submit: 1) a copy of business tax returns for the most recent three-year period indicating the gross receipts; or if the SBA uses the number of employees to determine small business eligibility, a copy of the firm’s payroll statement indicating the average annual employment for the most recent year. Firm owners must also complete a Personal Net Worth Statement.

For additional information, please contact Whitney Morgan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 816-346-0227.