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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
GRTA is committed to carrying out all applicable requirements as contained in 49 CFR Part 26, “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises In Department of Transportation Programs”, and has adopted a DBE participation goal of 11% for FY2015–FY2017.

Doing Business with GRTA as a DBE/Small Business
To provide our services, we rely on a broad range of contractors and suppliers who work with us through the procurement process. The goods and services we purchase are crucial to providing safe, reliable transportation for our customers.

Goods and services purchased by GRTA range from paper clips to articulated buses. We encourage small businesses owned by minorities and women to pursue contracts to compete for GRTA business.

To make it easier for you to do business with GRTA, we’ve prepared this website area to explain our procurement process system, and let you know how we select our vendors.


What do we buy? Whom do we buy it from?
Like any company we purchase everything from office supplies, ground maintenance services to buses and bus parts, etc. We buy from small businesses and large corporations.

Is selling to GRTA difficult?
GRTA procurement process is easy, once you learn the system. Each contract is detailed and contains specific requirements that vendors must meet.

How can I learn about upcoming bid opportunities?
To reach as many potential vendors as possible, GRTA uses the Georgia Procurement Registry at http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/ as its primary source for advertising. You can also get the information you need from this website by clicking on the “Doing Business with GRTA” button at the bottom of every page.

What are the criteria for obtaining certification?
The eligibility requirements as a DBE or M/WBE by GRTA are similar. To be eligible for certification under either federal or state program, your firm will be required to submit documentation showing it is an ongoing independent business enterprise that is owned, operated and controlled by a “socially and economically disadvantaged” individual (for DBEs) or by a “minority group member” or a woman (for M/WBEs). Generally, your business should have been in operation for at least a year.


If your business is not located in Georgia, you may wish to get certification in your home state. This may accelerate the certification process with GDOT.

How does DBE or M/WBE Certification help get business?
Based on federal and state guidelines, the Division may set goals for participation of these vendors on a contract.

When a contract is ready for bid, GRTA identifies available qualified DBE and M/WBE vendors and sends a list to the venders seeking bids.

Information on GDOT DBE/Small Business Development Program
Visit the Bid Listings Page

 GRTA Procurement Department

Cathy Gesick
Email: cgesick@atltransit.ga.gov


Minority Business Program
The requirements of 49 CFR Part 26, Regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, apply to FTA-funded contracts. It is GRTA’s policy to practice nondiscrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin in the award or performance of this contract. GRTA’s overall goal for DBE participation in federally funded contracts during the period October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2017 is 11%.
As an incentive to increase utilization of minority-owned businesses as subcontractors on State purchases, the State of Georgia provides for an income tax adjustment on the state tax return of any company that subcontracts with a State certified minority-owned firm to furnish goods, property, or services to the State of Georgia, including GRTA. The Tax Incentive Program is codified at O.C.G.A. §48-7-38 and is managed by the Georgia Department of Revenue