The Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s (MDAD) Minority Affairs Division is responsible for ensuring that Small, Minority, and Disadvantaged Businesses are provided the maximum opportunity to participate in airport contracts. Contracting opportunities include construction, architect and engineering, goods and services, retail, food and beverage, car rental, management consulting, and procurement services. The Minority Affairs Division acts as a Liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration Civil Rights Office and other local small business participation programs.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance to establish a DBE program. MDAD has established a DBE program, pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26, designed to ensure nondiscrimination and a level playing field for small, minority and disadvantaged businesses to compete and participate in DOT assisted contracting opportunities. Our policy is to ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law and eligibility standards are implemented consistent with 49 CFR Part 26.
Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) DBE regulations require airports that receive DOT financial assistance for airport development to establish an ACDBE program. MDAD has established an ACDBE program, pursuant to 49 CFR part 23, designed to ensure nondiscrimination and a level playing field for small, minority and disadvantaged businesses to compete and participate in car rental or non-car rental airport concessions. It is also our policy to ensure that the ACDBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law and eligibility standards are implemented consistent with 49 CFR Part 23.
Review DBE guidelines here.
SBD Small Business Programs
Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department’s Small Business Development Division (SBD) is responsible for the administration of the County's Small Business Enterprise, Wage and Workforce Programs, including but not limited to:
• Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Architect/Engineering
• Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Construction
• Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Goods and Services
• Local Developing Business (LDB)
The certification process is the starting point for firms to participate in airport business opportunities. To participate as a DBE or ACDBE, firms must be certified by the Unified Certification Program (UCP) for the State of Florida. SBD is a certifying member of the Florida UCP and can also be contacted for ACDBE/DBE certification.
To participate as a SBE in the areas of Construction, Architecture/Engineering, Goods and Services, or LDB, firms must also be certified with SBD.
For more information on how to become certified as an SBE, LDB, and/or DBE/ACDBE, click here or contact SBD at 305-375-3111.
Prior to submission of a bid/proposal, a pre-bid/proposal conference is scheduled to answer questions concerning bid/proposal solicitation process. The conference will allow small, disadvantaged firms and primes an opportunity to network for possible joint venture and other subcontracting opportunities.
The Minority Affairs Division encourages small businesses interested in current or future opportunities at the airport to participate in pre-bid/proposal conferences.
SBD, in conjunction with the Minority Affairs Division, hosts a monthly outreach meeting with the business community to present upcoming opportunities from MDAD and various county departments. Information on legal, financial, human resource assistance, and current economic conditions is provided. This meeting also provides an opportunity for businesses to network for possible future partnerships.
If you have any questions about Small Business Programs at MDAD, contact Andre Ragin (DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer) in the Minority Affairs Division at (305) 876-7221 / fax (305) 876-0382.