DBE Program

COAST's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program demonstrates our continued commitment to the success of minority and women-owned businesses by promoting contracting opportunities to DBEs within transit.

COAST has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 49 CFR Part 26. A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a for-profit small business where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.

It is COAST's policy to ensure that DBEs have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in Department of Transportation (DOT)-assisted contracts.

It is also COAST's policy:

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  • To ensure the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts; and
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.

We look forward to doing business with you.

Public Notice for COAST's FFY2023-2025 DBE Goal

COAST has announced the proposed establishment of a 1.68% DBE utilization goal on Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded projects for Federal Fiscal Years 2023-2025, in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26.45(g). For more information please see:

Proposed FFY23-25 DBE Goal


Here are some important documents to consider:



NHDOT Uniform DBE Directory

COAST BID Protest Procedures