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Diverse Business Program

PennDOT established the Diverse Business (DB) Program in accordance with Section 303 of Title 74 of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Statutes. Section 303 requires that certain public entities provide opportunities for Diverse Businesses to participate on public transportation contracts.  PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and local transportation organizations must include the DB Requirements in construction and professional service contracts funded pursuant to Title 74.
 
Diverse Businesses are small, minority-owned, women-owned or veteran-owned businesses, including service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, who are certified by one of the following third-party certifying organizations:
 

Diverse Business Supportive Services

The department has also established a comprehensive and effective Diverse Business Supportive Services (DB/SS) Program. The DB/SS is intended to provide training, assistance, and services to DB firms certified in the DB program to facilitate their development into viable self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on state funded highway projects. The DB/SS program will be designed to contribute to the growth and eventual self-sufficiency of certified DB firms by providing assistance in the acquisition of skills and the identification of resources so that the firms can ultimately compete on an equal basis for contracts and subcontracts without the assistance of the DB program.  Most importantly, all services are offered free-of-charge to diverse businesses.  For more information about DB Supportive Services please visit their website.
 
For more information, you can review the EO-15 Diverse Business Annual Report and PUB 408's DSP-4 Diverse Business Requirements section in our Forms, Publications and Maps list. The Diverse Business FAQs also provide background, eligibility and other information.