Small / Disadvantaged Business Programs

Small Business Program Opportunities

METRO has an annual goal of 35 percent Small Business participation. All small business owners that are eligible for certification are encouraged to bid on METRO procurement opportunities.

METRO's Small Business Certification Online application process is entirely electronic only. METRO doesn't accept hardcopies of supporting documents via email or fax. Supporting documents may be submitted with the online application. If you have any questions contact us at 713-739-4844 or 713-739-6032.  


Small Business Certification

METRO’s Small / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SB/DBE) Programs operates in a race and gender-neutral manner and is designed to include all segments of the region’s business community and is open to participation without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or disability. Small Business certification may take up to 30 business days to process.

METRO ONLY accepts the following certifications:

  • SBE Certification – Small Business Enterprise (METRO ONLY)
  • DBE Certification – Disadvantage Business Enterprise
  • 8 (a) Certification – Small Business Administration

Under METRO’s race and gender-neutral Small Business Program, we do not accept any of the following certifications from other agencies:

  • HUB Certification – Historically Underutilized Business
  • MBE Certification – Minority Business Enterprise
  • WBE Certification – Women Business Enterprise
  • SBE Certification – Small Business Enterprise

METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification is recognized by the following agencies for inclusion in their small, disadvantaged, women and minority business development program.

METRO accepts certifications from the Texas Unified Certification Program, in addition to the METRO Small Business certification. The Texas Unified Certification Program is a certification process for the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs in Texas. A business' DBE certification is valid at any Texas entity that receives U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds and has a DBE Program. TUCP Participating Entities

The City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity is the DBE certifying entity for Houston, Texas. 
Applications for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program certification can be downloaded from the City of Houston website or picked up at the Office of Business Opportunity at 611 Walker, 7th Floor, Houston, Texas. 

NOTE: Any DBE Certified Firms please inquire about METRO’S Fast Track SBE Certification.

Contract Compliance

Contract Compliance staff monitors all Small Business/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise activity on all METRO contracts with Small Business goals and ensures compliance with all local and federal regulations. The Contract compliance staff also:

  • Develops the Small Business contract goal
  • Develops Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Tri-annual goals
  • Evaluate prime bidders’ Small Business Achievement Documents
  • Monitors all contracts with Small Business goals until completion

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Small Business / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise helpful links:

Contract Compliance & Dispute Resolution

METRO seeks to amicably resolve disputes relating to the operation of the Small Business / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs, and grievance procedures are available for dispute resolution. Contract Compliance & Dispute Resolution

Business Development Outreach

METRO highly encourages Small Business / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation at all applicable pre-bid conferences. Be sure to register for automatic email notifications of new solicitations, updates and contract awards for user-selected commodities.

Please complete METRO's SBE Business Assessment which will provide critical information to help craft the best recommendation on how your firm can effectively compete in the procurement process.

For additional Procurement information call 713-739-4881.


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