The City of New Orleans implements the State & Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SLDBE) Program as a race‐ and gender‐neutral disadvantaged business enterprise program to provide for the participation of businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons in procurement opportunities with the City of New Orleans.

City of Orleans Chief Administrative Officer(CAO) Policy Memorandum 46(R) defines a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise as follows: A “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise” or “DBE” means a business entity that is owned and controlled by socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged persons who hold at least 51% equity interest in the entity, such that the business entity’s ability to compete in the business world has been restricted due to industry practices and/or limited capital and/or restricted credit opportunities that beyond its control. 

In addition to the definition provided, other considerations for designation as a disadvantaged business enterprise include:

1) A for‐profit small business based on current U.S. Small Business Administration size standards
2) A for‐profit small business licensed to conduct business in Louisiana and the City of New Orleans
3) A firm that is independently owned and operated

For more information or resources on Disadvantaged Enterprises you can visit:

1. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport/DBE Office

2. U.S. Small Business Administration

3. The City of New Orleans/Office of Supplier Diversity

4. Please see additional resources found at bottom of article

DBE Certification:

In order to be DBE certified you must first comply with the DBE Program. This program was created to monitor DBE goals from start to completion, including resolution of concerns and complaints, monitoring payments, performing function reviews, project files and the like.

On the second Tuesday of each month the city and Office of Supplier Diversity offers DBE certification seminars to help business owners take that next step in the process.

Amoco Building – Rm 2140|1340 Poydras St.| NOLA, 70112

10:00am; Tuesday, August 13, 2013

10:00am; Tuesday, September 10, 2013

10:00am; Tuesday, October 8,2013

10:00am; Tuesday, November 12, 2013


**The NBA is now accepting online applications to the NBA All-Star 2014 Vendor Diversity Program.  This program gives local minority-owned businesses opportunity to provide goods and services for 2014 NBA All-Star Events. Qualified applicants will be included in the program’s Vendor Guide, which will be posted on This guide will serve as the central resource for the NBA and its partners in procuring locally supplied goods and services.

Please go to external link to access the online application and information about the Program.

For more information on how to get started as a DBE,  training and outreach or to register as a vendor in the City of New Orleans for potential bids please visit


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