Chapter 14: Business Opportunity Programs

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Section 1: Program Overview

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Policy

The Business Opportunity Programs Office (BOP) is responsible for the oversight of the department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise ( DBE), Historically Underutilized Business ( HUB), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs. Responsibilities associated with these programs are outlined in the 43 Texas Administrative Code, Part 1, Chapter 9, Subchapter D. Listed below is a brief description of each program. Contact BOP for additional information or guidance.

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program (Federal-aid Contracts)

The DBE Program is authorized by 49 CFR, Part 26. The DBE Program applies only to highway improvement contracts involving federal funds. Annual and individual contract goals are established by BOP for the department’s federal-aid highway construction programs.

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Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program (State Contracts)

The HUB Program is authorized by Texas Government Code, Sections 2161.181-182 and 1 Texas Administrative Code, Section 111.11, and only applies to 100% state funded contracts. The HUB Program only applies to department professional services, building and purchases of goods and services, however, reporting of progress payments is required from contractors.

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Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program (State Contracts)

The SBE Program applies to highway improvement contracts that are 100% state-funded or that involve federal funding but do not have a DBE goal provided. Annual goals are established for the department’s highway construction programs by BOP. At this time, individual contract goals are not applied. Rather, SBE participation is captured through the voluntary submittal of progress reports by contractors.

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