Established in 1989 by Board Resolution, the DSD’s mission is to promote and ensure regional economic development through the maximum utilization of small, local, minority and women-owned businesses in MWAA contracting opportunities.
The DSD is committed to carrying out the mission and vision of MWAA with integrity, care, and passion through the following functions: small business programs outreach, certification, and contract compliance.
The DSD has an extensive outreach strategy to increase awareness of MWAA contracting and educational opportunities. The DSD engages with the small and disadvantaged business community directly and through its industry partners to disseminate contracting opportunities, host outreach events, certification workshops, and contract compliance training sessions. A calendar of upcoming events can be accessed here.
The DSD provides certification for the MWAA Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) Program, and the US DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs.
MWAA LDBE –
An LDBE is defined as a small business concern that is organized for profit and is located within a 100-mile radius of the District of Columbia's zero-mile marker; and with an average annual gross receipts based on the firm’s last three years of receipts not to exceed the small business size standard maintained by the Small Business Administration
LDBE certification for DC CBE – As a result of an agreement between MWAA and the mayor Bowser’s administration, firms certified through the D.C. Department of Small & Local Business Development's Certified Business Enterprises (CBE) program can utilize the streamlined LDBE/CBE application to certify as an LDBE.
DBE - The DBE certification program is covered by (DOT) requirements under 49 CFR Part 26. The DBE regulation provides guidance on the DBE certification, DBE goal setting, program management, and reporting requirements. This certification can be obtained through the Virginia Unified Certification Program which consists of MWAA and Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD).
ACDBE - The ACDBE certification is covered by the DOT’s requirements under 49 CFR Part 23 and Part 26. The ACDBE regulation provides guidance on the ACDBE certification, ACDBE goal setting, program management, and reporting requirements. This certification can be obtained through the Virginia Unified Certification Program which consists of MWAA and Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD).
Federal SBE - Small Business Enterprise – MWAA SBE Program is a U.S. DOT Certification Program for Federally Funded projects, with open eligibility for small businesses throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This certification can be obtained through the Virginia Unified Certification Program which consists of MWAA and Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD).
The DSD conducts compliance activities to ensure meaningful LDBE participation in the Authority’s procurement opportunities. Such activities include small business participation requirement setting, pre-award review, and post award compliance. The following documents aid in ensuring effective program compliance:
- LDBE Program Implementation Guidance