Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

In accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulations 26.39: Fostering Small Business Participation, WMATA has amended its DBE Program Plan to include a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) element. WMATA intends to set-aside selected federally funded contracts, with a total value less than $500,000, for SBEs. Firms wishing to participate as an SBE must meet the following:

  • Be at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more economically disadvantaged individuals. Economic disadvantage is defined as an individual with a net worth less than $1.32 million (excluding equity in personal residence and applicant firm)
  • 51% economically disadvantaged owner must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Average gross receipts, for last three years, must meet SBA small business size standard (13 Code of Federal Regulations 121.103) applicable to type of work performed (affiliates included)
  • Average gross receipts, for the last three years, may not exceed $23.98 million (affiliates included)

For any questions about the program or prompt payment questions, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

DBE firms certified, under the Metropolitan Washington Unified Certification Program (MWUCP), have the option of being grandfathered into the SBE Program. NOTE: If you are applying for DBE certification, please do not submit an SBE application because DBE certification will automatically qualify your firm as an SBE.

In support of Metro's sustainability initiatives, all applications and forms must be e-filed. Paper documents are not accepted.  For any questions, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

Applying for a new certification is a two-step process:

  1. Register: As a supplier, register using WMATA's Supplier Portal. A temporary password will be sent to the email provided during registration.
  2. Apply for Certification: Sign-In using your User Id and Password into WMATA's Supplier Portal. Navigate to Manage Events and Place Bids > My Certification page > Add a New Value. For detailed instructions, see the user guide.

If you have issues applying for certification, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

Annual Certification Review

As a certified SBE, you are required to submit an annual "No Change"/"Notice Regarding Change" statement, attesting to your continued status as an "economically disadvantaged individual". You must also submit the following: (1) a current Personal Financial Statement form; (2) a copy of the disadvantaged owner(s) income tax return for that year; and 3) a copy of the firm's Federal income tax returns for that year. In support of Metro's sustainability initiatives, all applications and forms must be e-filed. Paper documents are not accepted. For any questions, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

To apply for annual certification, follow these steps:

  • Sign-In to WMATA's Supplier Portal using your User Id and Password .
  • Navigate to Manage Events and Place Bids > My Certification page > Certification Review.
  • For detailed instructions, see the user guide.

If you have issues applying for annual certification, please email at DBEHotline@wmata.com.

If a change in the ownership, control or management of your firm has occurred, you must complete and submit a "Notice Regarding Change" statement immediately subsequent to the change.

Your certification does not automatically expire, however; your firm must submit the required documents annually on or before your firm's certification date. Failure to provide the requested documents in a timely manner will result in immediate actions to decertify your firm's eligibility as a Small Business Enterprise with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

SBE Vendor Directory

All firms listed in this Directory as "SBE" are eligible to participate as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) on federally funded contracts let by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). SBE certification applies to WMATA contracts, only.

SBE Vendor Directory