Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

One way the City helps women- and minority owned businesses is through its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. This program offers resources and special consideration in City projects funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, including projects at the Petaluma Municipal Airport.

Our DBE program is a condition of receiving funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT). It is designed to ensure our transportation contract bidding process is equitable and non-discriminatory.

The DOT requires us to update this program every four years. We are seeking input on the draft of our latest update, which will be presented to the DOT in September 2022.


August 31, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
No need to register - just join us at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85727524222

Hear from City staff and our DBE consultant about:

  • Who qualifies for the DBE program
  • Which upcoming City projects are DBE eligible
  • How to apply for projects through the DBE program
  • Where to get help and access DBE programs at other agencies

All interested parties are invited to attend—including, but not limited to, minority, women’s and general contractor groups; community organizations; and other officials or organizations.

Note: The meeting is not mandatory for DBE participation in City of Petaluma projects funded by the Department of transportation.


City of Petaluma
Capital Improvement Projects Manager
Jonathan Sanglerat
jsanglera[email protected]


The City of Petaluma has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program as a condition of receiving funds from the US Department of Transportation. This program sets forth policies and procedures aimed at removing barriers for and preventing discrimination of women- and minority-owned businesses bidding on DOT-funded projects within the City of Petaluma.

Learn more about the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements at https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise.

In general, to be eligible for the DBE program, persons must own 51% or more of a “small business,” establish that they are socially and economically disadvantaged within the meaning of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, and prove they control their business.

Groups presumed to be disadvantaged include:

  • Women
  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Persons who are not members of one of the above groups who can establish their social or economic disadvantage.

For more information go to: https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/eligibility

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