Kentucky Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
The Kentucky Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program reaches out to businesses that have achieved DBE status with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and also helps pre-certified companies achieve such status. The Kentucky DBE Program Manager also works with firms seeking KYTC prequalification for work on the Ohio River Bridges Project.
The Louisville and Southern Indiana region is rich with small, minority- and women-owned businesses that may have opportunities to work on the Bridges Project. The Kentucky DBE Program presents the case for preparation to all DBE firms, offering support and a wide range of resources designed to help them become more competitive.
Ultimately, it is expected that helping businesses prepare for involvement on the Bridges Project will help them gain experience on current and future projects. DBEs, the Bridges Project and our region’s economy stand to benefit from the success of these businesses. To that end, the Kentucky DBE Program seeks to expand participation on the Bridges Project and beyond.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development
The Transportation Cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) administers the DBE program for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The goal of the Small Business Development Branch continues to be “leveling the playing field for small businesses.” Small business is the engine that makes this country run and OCRSBD will continue to support, train and develop small business and its workforce to meet the challenge.
This office is the first stop for those seeking DBE certification. Let us answer your questions and get the process started by getting you what you need to make an application. Contact DBE staff at 502-564-3601.
Needing to change careers? Let us assist you with our workforce development program Bridges to Opportunities (B2O). In this program you can gain a certificate in Flagging or Blueprint Reading or learn to weld and even gain college credit hours. Feel free to contact B2O staff at 502-595-1129 with your questions.
The Office for Civil Rights
The Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development is committed to the participation on Cabinet projects statewide by disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses.
With the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges (LSIORB) project well under way and several projects planned in this region, we will work diligently to help DBE firms and workforces in the region develop the skills to become more competitive and to take the steps necessary to prepare their businesses and workforces for success.