- DBE Program Overview
- Forms and Guidance Documents
- Updated List of Certified DBEs
- Becoming Certified as a DBE in Vermont
- EPA DBE History
- Helpful Links
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program assists minority owned and women owned businesses to become involved in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation competitive bid process funded through programs administered by the Department. DBE firm services include but are not limited to the following:
- Construction of Agency Owned Facilities
- Municipal Water and Wastewater Projects
- General Contracting
- Civil and/or Environmental Engineering
- Plumbing, Mechanical and HVAC
- Asbestos Removal
- Hazardous Material Removal
- Directional Drilling
- Traffic Control
- Project Sign Construction
- Annual and Final DBE Report (Form 5700-52A)
- DBE Subcontractor Participation Form (EPA 6100-2) (Click here for EXAMPLE)
- DBE Subcontractor Performance Form (EPA 6100-3) (Click here for EXAMPLE)
- DBE Subcontractor Utilization Form (EPA 6100-4) (Click here for EXAMPLE)
- DBE Effort Summary
Contract Documents and DBE Guidance
- DBE Procurement Procedure Guidance - Procedure Currently Suspended and Under Review as of 5/6/21 12pm.
- DBE Package Concurrence Checklist - Currently Suspended and Under Review as of 5/6/21 12pm.
- DBE Six Good Faith Effort Guidance - Currently Suspended and Under Review as of 5/6/21 12pm.
- Call Roger Bergeron, Cheif Construction Engineer for assistance
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) updates and maintains a current business directory of DBEs that are certified to work on VTrans and EPA funded projects.
- Click this link for an updated list of certified DBE firms
The Vermont Agency of Transportation reviews and approves the DBE applications to become certified as a DBE firm in the State of Vermont.
- Click this link for the DBE certification application and FAQ on the certification process
Projects that have federal money, such as water or wastewater treatment facilities and pipelines, must have a Disadvantage Business Enterprise (minority or women-owned businesses) goal. The overall U.S. EPA goal is set by federal legislation at 8%. This goal is the national average goal, with individual states having to survey their labor areas for the actual goals. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has done a survey of available contractors and sub-contractors in the geographic region that typically supports bids in Vermont. When the data was analyzed and presented to U.S. EPA Region 1, it was determined that the Agency of Natural Resources overall goal for DBE participation would be 5.35%, with between minority (1.85%) and women-owned businesses (3.5% each). The 5.35% goal is to be reviewed annually by both US EPA and Agency of Natural Resources. If there are increases or decreases of available contractors or sub-contractors, the DBE goal (and sub-contracting goal) would be renegotiated.