RDU Small Business Programs
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s small business programs are designed to provide contracting and procurement opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged persons interested in doing business with the Airport Authority. View our RDU Small Business Programs Brochure.
The Airport Authority administers three small business programs:
- Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Program (MWSB)
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
- Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Program (MWSB)
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority has established a Minority- and Women-Owned Small Business Program to encourage equal opportunity for minority- and women-owned small businesses (MWSBs) to compete for employment as contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service providers. The MWSB program encourages and fosters the inclusion of MWSB firms in Airport Authority business activities, including the procurement of goods and services as well as leasing and development. The Airport Authority requires that each business partner make good faith efforts to promote this policy throughout its engagement with the Airport Authority. The MWSB Program applies to all of the Airport Authority’s state and airport funded contracts and procurement activities. Learn more about the MWSB Program here.
MWSB Program Criteria
For the purposes of the Airport Authority’s MWSB program, a MWSB is a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that is owned and controlled by a person who is: Black American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American or female.
The Airport Authority accepts the following certifications for participation in the MWSB program:
- N.C. Department of Transportation: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
- Small Business Administration: SBA 8(a) Business Development Certification (SBA 8(a))
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council: Small Women Business Enterprise (SWBE)
Additionally, the Airport Authority accepts the following certifications for participation in the MWSB program:
- N.C. Department of Administration: Historically Underutilized Businesses (NCDOA HUB)*
- Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC), or any affiliate council of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)*
- National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)*
*Firms which hold these certifications must submit the Business Size Verification form found here and supporting documentation to the Small Business Office in order to be used to meet MWSB participation goals.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to provide a level playing field for small minority- and women-owned companies that wish to do business with RDU on federally-funded contracts.
The Airport Authority’s DBE Program is administered in accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 26.
DBEs are small, independent businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and operated by one or more socially or economically disadvantaged individuals. We seek to ensure the active participation of small businesses to:
- Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts
- Create a level playing field on which small businesses can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts
- Ensure only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards set forth in the code above are permitted to participate
- Remove barriers to participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts
- Assist the development of firms to compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program
Examples of DBE projects:
- Airport improvements
- Taxiway rehabilitation
- Runway resurfacing
- Professional services
Businesses interested in becoming certified as DBEs must complete and submit an application through the N.C. Unified Certification Program (NCUCP) to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Upon approval, these companies can be used by RDU to meet the DBE goals for federally-funded contracts.
For fiscal years 2014-16, the Airport Authority’s DBE goal is: 10.5 percent
Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
The Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program is designed to increase the opportunities for minority- and women-owned small businesses to operate as concessionaires in the airport or provide goods and services related to the airport concessions program.
The Airport Authority’s ACDBE Program is administered in accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 23.
Examples of ACDBE opportunities:
- Restaurants and retail shops
- Services (shoe shines, spa services, etc)
- Car rental and related services
Firms seeking work as ACDBEs with the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority are certified through the airport’s Small Business Programs Office.
For fiscal years 2015-17, the Airport Authority’s ACDBE goal’s are: 27.0 percent for non-car rental concessions and 0.6 percent for car rental concessions
Small Business Program Office
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
1000 Trade Drive
RDU Airport, NC 27623
Interested in doing business with the Airport Authority? Submit a vendor registration form.