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Becker & Poliakoff helps clients navigate all aspects ACDBE Certification process as well as appeals. The Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE ) program as well as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program are administered by the U.S Department of Transportation. The purpose of the ACDBE Certification program is to achieve several objectives:
(a) To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of opportunities for concessions by airports receiving DOT financial assistance;
(b) To create a level playing field on which ACDBEs can compete fairly for opportunities for concessions;
(c) To ensure that the Department's ACDBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
(d) To ensure that only firms that fully meet this part's eligibility standards are permitted to participate as ACDBEs;
(e) To help remove barriers to the participation of ACDBEs i n opportunities for concessions at airports receiving DOT financial assistance; and
(f) To provide appropriate flexibility to airports receiving DOT financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for ACDBEs.
Companies who have obtained an ACDBE Certification are able to bid on contracts set aside for ACDBE companies at airports. Additionally, ACDBE certification makes your company valuable to larger companies who need DBE companies to fulfill subcontracting goals on g overnment contracts. T hese sub contracts can be worth anywhere from a few thousand dollars to several millions of dollars to your company . AC DBE Certification Requirements In order to apply for certification as a n Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise ( AC DBE), yo ur firm must meet the following eligibility criteria stated in 49 CFR Part 26: The disadvantaged individual must be a U.S. citizen (or resident alien) and be a member of a socially or economically disadvantaged group:
a. African American
b. Hispanic American
c. Native American
d. Asian-Pacific American
e. Subcontinent-Asian American
g. Others certified as disadvantaged (an individual who is not a member of the groups listed above can still be certified as an ACDBE by establishing their socially disadvantaged status.