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 24.4% for FFYs 2024-2026.

The proposed goal and its rationale are available for inspection Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at KCATA’s Office of Equity and Engagement, 1200 E. 18th 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.

Download the ATA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Policy statement.

DBE Program. 

Online KCATA DBE/SBE Certification Process

On July 26, 2019, our certification application process became available online. 

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Diversity Management System is designed to empower vendors to manage their own vendor record including DBE/SBE certification, maintain accurate contact information, vendor registration, and submit contract payment details online. The system is accessible to all firms doing business with KCATA. Other key features include:

Apply for Certification

Tip Sheet for New DBE Applicants

Paper applications will not be accepted after December 31, 2019.
Instructions on how to access and complete an application can be found in the B2GNow Online Application User Manual.

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:

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

KCATA Vendor Registration Process

All firms (prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers) doing business with KCATA must complete a vendor registration process. KCATA uses an online vendor management system (B2GNow).  Vendors that have previously registered with KCATA must now also complete the online process with updated information.

To begin, you must set up an account at KCATA.diversitycompliance.com where you will be given a temporary password. You will receive a confirmation email and be directed to change your password. You may follow the instruction guide to complete the process, and B2GNow also conducts webinars that provide guided training on the features.

The following forms are required and must be provided at the time of registration. Failure to provide these forms will delay the approval process. 

For questions on these requirements, or for assistance in completing the forms, please contact Maurice Gay, KCATA’s Contract Vendor Specialist Coordinator at (816) 346-0366 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 816-346-0277.