Small / Disadvantaged Business Program
The Office of Small Business is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the Small/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SB/DBE) Program through Small Business certification, business development outreach and contract compliance monitoring.
METRO has an annual goal of 35 percent Small Business participation. All small business owners that are eligible for certification are encouraged to bid on METRO procurement opportunities.
METRO’s Small/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SB/DBE) program operates in a race and gender-neutral manner and is designed to include all segments of the region’s business community and is open to participation without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or disability. Small Business certification may take up to 30 business days to process.
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Because METRO’s Program is race and gender- neutral, we are not able to accept the following certifications:
- **HUB – Texas Historically Under utilized Business
- **MBE Only Certification – Minority Business Enterprise
- **WBE Only Certification – Women Business Enterprise
- **City of Houston SB Only Certification
METRO’s Small/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SB/DBE) certification is recognized by the following agencies for inclusion in their small, disadvantaged, women and minority business development program.
- Houston Community College Small Business Procurement
- Houston First Corporation
- Port of Houston Authority
METRO accepts certifications from the Texas Unified Certification Program, in addition to the METRO Small Business certification. The Texas Unified Certification Program is a certification process for the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs in Texas. A business' DBE certification is valid at any Texas entity that receives U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds and has a DBE Program. TUCP Participating Entities
The City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity is the DBE certifying entity for Houston, Texas.
Applications for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program certification can be downloaded from the City of Houston website or picked up at the Office of Business Opportunity at 611 Walker, 7th Floor, Houston, Texas.
If a company is currently certified as a DBE and is not part of the METRO SB Program, it can register in the METRO SB Program by providing a copy of the current DBE certificate.
Contract Compliance staff monitors all Small Business/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise activity on all METRO contracts with Small Business/Disadvantaged Enterprise goals and ensures compliance with all local and federal regulations. The Contract compliance staff also:
- Develops the Small Business contract and Disadvantaged Enterprise Tri-Annual goals
- Evaluate prime bidders’ Small Business Achievement Documents
- Monitors all contracts with a Small Business and Disadvantaged Enterprise goals until completion
Prime Contractor helpful links:
Small Business/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise helpful links:
- Small Business/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Compliance Login (B2G Now)
- Prime Contractor Payment Verification
- Who’s Working for METRO Contractor List
METRO seeks to amicably resolve disputes relating to the operation of the Small Business /Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. Mediation and grievance procedures are available for dispute resolution. Contract Compliance & Dispute Resolution
- Mediation of Prime Contractor and Small Business Dispute
- Arbitration of Discrimination Disputes between Prime Contractor and SB firm
Business Development Outreach
METRO highly encourages Small Business /Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation at all applicable pre-bid conferences. Be sure to register for automatic e-mail notifications of new solicitations, updates and contract awards for user-selected commodities.
- How to Do Business with METRO
- Vendor Registration (for solicitations)
- How to Prepare for a METRO pre-bid (PDF)
For additional PROCUREMENT information please call 713-739-4881.
Community Partner Resources
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Houston Minority Business Council
Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
U.S. Small Business Administration
University of Houston Procurement Technical Assistance Center
City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity
One Stop Business Center
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