In less than a year, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) has increased the number of certified small business enterprises (SBEs) by 321 percent, the company said.
The significant jump is the result of a concerted effort to modify the airport´s procedures to expand the definition of an SBE and help more small businesses secure contracts. As a result, DTW´s Procurement Department has cross-certified 106 disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) as SBEs, providing them access to additional opportunities that would not have been within their reach a year ago.
The US Department of Transportation DBE program is designed to provide small businesses, owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.
In July 2015, the Airport Authority had 80 SBEs. By March 2016, that number increased to nearly 340, including the cross-certified DBEs. The DBEs may now lawfully be treated as SBEs for non-federally funded contracts, leading to USD8 million in new contracts awarded to DBEs since last summer.
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 33 million passengers in 2015 and is one of the world´s leading air transportation hubs.
AMAC has two primary goals: to eliminate the barriers to minority and women participation in the airport industry and to capitalize on the opportunities available in this multi-billion dollar industry.