Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

DBE Program Overview

It is the policy of Winchester Transit that disadvantaged business enterprises (businesses owned by women and minorities) as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation regulation 49 CFR Part 26, as amended, shall have a fair opportunity to compete for and participate on Winchester Transit contracts and subcontracts.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Plan

Winchester Transit may assign DBE participation goals on a contract-by-contract basis on federally funded construction contracts having a total dollar value greater than $200,000.  The goal may be satisfied by utilizing one or more DBE's as subcontractors or suppliers of goods and services of any kind or nature, provided that the DBE performs the tasks awarded when the contract was executed.  DBE firms may also participate as prime contractors.

Proposed FY16-18 Goal Setting and Methodology

FY16-18 DBE Public Notice


DBE Certification

Only the participation of minority and women-owed firms that have been certified in the State of Virginia by the Virginia Unified Certification Program can be counted towards satisfaction of the goal.  If you are a small, minority or woman-owned business, you are especially encouraged to participate in our business opportunities.

For information on the DBE certification process or to submit a DBE application, please visit the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity website or the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) website.  Please note that the DBE certification process differs depending on if you are an in-state or out-of-state firm. 

Certified DBE's wishing to be added to the City of Winchester's DBE Vendor Directory may contact the City's DBELO Office at:

City of Winchester
Attn: Perry Eisenach
15 North Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 667-1815


Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

In accordance with 49 CFR 26.39: Fostering Small Business Participation, Winchester Transit has amended its DBE Program to include a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) element.  Winchester Transit intends to foster race-neutral, small business participation by structuring contracting requirements to facilitate competition by small business, taking all reasonable steps to eliminate obstacles to their participation, including unnecessary and unjustified bundling of contract requirements that may preclude small business participation in procurements as prime contractors or subcontractors.

All firms wishing to participate in Winchester Transit's small business program will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All certified DBE's are eligible to participate;
  • Small businesses are eligible to participate if they have a current, valid certification from or recognized by the Small Business Association.

Small Business Bidder's List Information Form

Firms wishing to participate in Winchester Transit's Small Business Program may contact the City of Winchester's DBELO Office at: 

City of Winchester
Attn:  Perry Eisenach
15 North Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 667-1815.