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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The City of Las Cruces' (City) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to provide a level playing field for small minority- and women-owned companies wanting to do business with the City on projects funded wholly or in part by various U.S. Department of Transportation agencies.

DBEs are for-profit small businesses where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.

According to Federal DBE guidelines, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. Other individuals can also qualify on a case-by case basis.

The DBE Program is administered in New Mexico by the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. To participate in this program, a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation, which can be accessed through its Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.

The following links provide information and the forms necessary to apply for DBE certification:

For more information contact the City of Las Cruces DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO), David Maestas, Transportation Director, at (575) 541-2559 or by email at dmaestas@las-cruces.org.