Disadvantaged Business

DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM (DBE)

It is the policy of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) as defined in 49 CFR Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in Department of Transportation (DOT) assisted contracts.
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CAE DBE Communication Plan

To increase DBE participation, CAE has implemented a DBE Communication Plan with the following objectives:
- Publish a list of all upcoming Federally Bid Projects annually
- Contact all DBE certified companies and distribute list of Projects to DBE companies and Commission
- CAE will host a meeting for all DBE certified companies and General Contractors to discuss specific
elements of Project to be bid and opportunities to bid work
- Project will go out to bid and DBE certified companies will be notified
- A pre-bid conference will be held and a list of all SCDOT DBE certified companies will be provided to
General Contractors
- A list of all General Contractors that pick up bid packages will be sent to DBE companies
- After the bid opening, CAE will follow-up with each DBE company that attended the pre-bid to inquire if
the company bid the project
- After follow-up with DBE companies, CAE staff will follow-up with General Contractors if necessary
- A detailed analysis of all responses will be created and shared with the Airport Commission

Our policy is as follows:
  • To ensure non-discrimination 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 that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 40 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE program

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is committed to the policy and the spirit of its DBE Program. The program is part of the Airport’s outreach to go beyond simple requirements and become a true community partner to all aspects of the surrounding communities and cultures. It is the ultimate goal of the Airport to have a DBE Program and a Daily Operating Business Plan that captures the spirit of inclusion. This spirit of inclusion is particularly important in how we include people and communities in our business needs; and to increase opportunities for small businesses, social enterprises, and businesses owned by minorities and women in all aspects of the operations of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. FY 2018 – 2020 DBE GOAL

Columbia Metropolitan Airport has designated the following individual as the DBE Liaison Officer:

Chappelle Broome Director of Human Resources Columbia Metropolitan Airport 125A Summer Lake Drive West Columbia, South Carolina 29170 Phone: (803) 822-5012 Fax: (803) 822-7822 Email: c.broome@columbiaairport.com

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