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Disadvantaged and Small Business Programs Unit

The mission of the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Disadvantaged and Small Business Programs Unit is to promote contracting opportunities for small, socially and economically disadvantaged firms who seek to do business with the NJDOT.

Purpose | Eligibility | Contracting Goals | Application Process

Interstate Certification | Directories | Policy and Regulations

Purpose
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)

It is NJDOT's policy to ensure that DBEs, as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)–assisted contracts. It is also our policy:

To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts;

To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts;

To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;

To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;

To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT assisted- contracts;

To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.

NJDOT has established a Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) certification in order to facilitate competition by small businesses in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26.39.

The State of New Jersey small business Set-Aside Program was established with the goal of awarding 25 percent of state contracting and purchase order dollars to small businesses. By registering your small business with the State Small Business Set Aside Program, your company becomes a member of a limited group of vendors eligible to participate in these selected contract offerings.

Eligibility
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)

To be eligible for DBE certification, the firm must be a small business, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards, and be 51% owned, and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals whose personal net worth does not exceed $1.32 million.

African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific, and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged.

To be eligible for ESBE certification, the firm must be a small business, according to SBA size standards, and be 51% owned, and controlled by one or more economically disadvantaged individuals whose personal net worth does not exceed $1.32 million.

Race, gender, and ethnicity are not considered.

For state construction contracts, small businesses with less than 100 full-time employees will be registered in one of the following three categories:

Small business with gross revenues that do not exceed 
$3 million.

Small businesses with gross revenues that do not exceed
50 percent of the applicable annual revenue standards set forth in federal regulation 13 CFR 121.201, incorporated herein by reference, and as may be adjusted periodically.

Small business with gross revenues that do not exceed the applicable annual revenue standards set forth in federal regulation 13 CFR 121.201, incorporated herein by reference, as may be adjusted periodically.

Contracting Goals
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)
Only certified DBE firms may be used to satisfy DBE goals.

Either certified DBE or ESBE firms may be used to satisfy ESBE goals.

Only SBE firms may be used to satisfy SBE goals.

Application Process
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)

To apply for DBE Certification, complete the following documents.

Instructions for Completing the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Uniform Certification Application:

Uniform Certification Application, Affidavit of Certification, Uniform Certification Application Supporting Documents Checklist (595k)

Personal Net Worth Statement (155k)

Mail the completed application package to:

NJDOT
Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action
Disadvantaged and Small Business Programs Unit
1035 Parkway Avenue
PO Box 600
Trenton, NJ
08625-0600

For additional information on DBE certification call
609.530.3882.

To apply for ESBE Certification, complete the following documents:

ESBE Application
(pdf 85k)

Uniform Certification Application Supporting Documents Checklist (pdf 189k)

Personal Net Worth Statement (pdf 155k)

Mail the completed application package to:

NJDOT
Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action Disadvantaged and Small Business Programs Unit
1035 Parkway Ave
PO Box 600
Trenton, NJ
08625-0600

For additional information on ESBE certification call 609.530.3882.

To apply for small business registration and participation in the New Jersey Small Business Set Aside Program, complete the registration form and submit it along with the 3-year registration fee of $100.00 in check or money order (Do not send cash) payable to "New Jersey Division of Revenue".

Your submittal should be returned to:

New Jersey Division of Revenue

PO Box 455
Trenton, NJ 08646

For additional information on the SBE program call the Division of Revenue, Small Business Registration and Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification Services unit at 609.292.2146.

Interstate Certification
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)

In order to complete an application for DBE certification in New Jersey, out of state firms must complete the following document:

Interstate Certification (pdf 676k)

Interstate certification is not applicable for ESBE firms. Please see the Application Process for ESBE. Interstate certification is not applicable for SBE firms.
Directories
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)

The New Jersey Unified Certification Program Directory is the only recognized directory of certified DBE firms in the State of New Jersey.

The NJDOT ESBE Directory is the only recognized directory of certified ESBE firms in the State of New Jersey.

New Jersey Selective Assistance Vendor Information (NJSAVI) is a database that identifies businesses that are registered as a SBE and/or certified as an M/WBE with the State of New Jersey.

Policy and Regulations
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE) Small Business Enterprise
(SBE)

DBE Goal Narrative FFY 2014 (pdf 61k)

NJDOT DBE Program 2011 (pdf 166k)

49 CFR Part 26

ESBE Policy Statement (pdf 89k)

New Jersey State Small Business Set Aside Program
 
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