Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Our Commitment to Equality in Business

COTA is committed to equality in business, including the procurement of goods and services. We uphold these values through our Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, as required by Section 26 of 49 CFR.

Register your DBE business or search for DBE vendors online.

View COTA's official DBE brochure.

DBE Uniform Certification Process

DBE satisfies Section 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations for transportation authorities (49 CFR). In accordance with 49 CFR Section 26, COTA transitioned to the Unified Certification Program (UCP), which synchronizes all DBE certifications with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for each state per the federal mandate. ODOT administers all of COTA's DBE certifications, re-certifications and on-site visits. All certified DBE's are maintained in a centralized database on the ODOT website and can be publicly accessed with limited basic information.

For more information about your individual DBE certification, visit ODOT online for DBE certification or recertification details and forms. Or, contact ODOT directly at:

Ohio Department of Transportation
DBE Certification, Office of Contracts

1980 West Broad Street, First Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43223

(614) 728-8499 or
Toll free at (800) 459-3778

Need More Information?

For more information about COTA’s DBE opportunities, please email Quincy Howard, or call (614) 275-5874. You may also find useful information using the links below.

Additional DBE Resources