Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Office

Notice from Prime Contractor seeking DBE participants: please check this page regularly for new notices.

SEPTA is committed in our efforts to expand contracting opportunities for small, minority and woman-owned businesses (see our DBE Policy Statement in PDF). Our DBE Program Office provides technical assistance, training, and other resources for vendors looking to do business with us. Contact us at [email protected].

In accordance with the DBE regulations codified at 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26 (49 CFR, Part 26), SEPTA developed its triennial DBE participation methodology and goal (PDF), which have been approved by the Federal Transit Administration. The DBE goal established for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 through 2020 is 15 percent.

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Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

In accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulations 26.39: Fostering Small Business Participation, SEPTA has amended its DBE Program Plan to include a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) element.

Firms wishing to participate as a small business in SEPTA’s contracting activities must be at least 51-percent owned, managed and controlled by economically disadvantaged individual(s) (i.e., personal net worth must not exceed $1.32M and average annual gross receipts for three years must not exceed $23.98M).

Interested firms must complete an SBE Verification Application and submit it with the required supporting documentation.

For more information on the SBE Program, contact the DBE Program Office at (215) 580-7278.

Currently Certified DBEs: Your DBE status automatically qualifies you for participation in the SBE Program. Do not complete an SBE application.



Prime contractors are able to submit subcontractor payment data electronically as it pertains to their projects. Users are required to enter a login identification and password. Visit BizWeb to request a login and password.

Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program

Contractors looking for certified DBEs to participate on various projects can search the PA UCP database. DBEs can be searched by work description (i.e., services provided), business type (i.e., construction, engineering, etc.), and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, among other criteria.


Contractors searching for SBEs and/or DBEs to participate on various projects can search SEPTA’s DBE Program Office database. SBEs/DBEs can be searched by work description (i.e., services provided), firm name, and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.

SEPTA is a certifying participant in the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP). The PA UCP was established in response to a federal requirement to provide “one-stop-shopping” for businesses seeking certification by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Businesses now complete one application to begin the DBE qualification process, recognized by all Pennsylvania agencies which receive U.S. DOT funding in excess of $250,000.