The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in Mississippi is overseen by the Office of Civil Rights for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). A Unified Certification Application is available for firms seeking to certified as DBEs, which can be sent to MDOT or to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. Federally-assisted projects may contain DBE participation goals, which prime contractors must make a good-faith effort to meet.
Does this local/state program offer reciprocal certifications with other local/state programs? The Mississippi Unified Certification Program has made special provisions for interstate certification, provided a DBE seeking such certification is already certified in its home state and submits certain documents.
Does this certification expire? DBEs must submit an annual No Change Affidavit in order to retain their certification.
Does this program require bidders attempt to make a good-faith effort to meet participation goals? Yes, bidders must make a good-faith effort to meet DBE participation goals on projects with such goals attached.