Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Would you like to participate in the Disadvangaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program?

Download, complete, and submit the DBE Application.

The DBE Certification Program allows the solicitation and assistance to disadvantage businesses to participate in the procurement process and performance of City contracts.

A Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) is a small business:

  • which is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and operated by one or more socially or economically disadvantage individuals.
  • where the businesses daily operations shall be managed and controlled by one or more of the socially or economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

The City of Wilmington directs contracting and subcontracting opportunities toward economically and socially disadvantaged individuals who are among the chronically unemployed or underemployed. To this end, the City has identified two demographic sub groups in its population (African Americans and Hispanics) which have unemployment rates fifty (50) percent above the prevailing State of Delaware unemployment rates.

In determining disadvantaged individuals, the City may review the net worth of individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex or national origin. A presumption of economic disadvantage is if the net worth of each of the individuals who together own and control 51 percent or more of the disadvantaged business enterprise, exclusive of up to $150,000.00 of equity in his or her primary residence, is less than $500,000.00.

DBE Directory

The Directory is a source of information intended for those businesses and/or individuals whose intent is to use the Certified vendors within. The City of Wilmington assumes no liability or responsibility for the quality of workmanship of the vendors listed herein. We are committed to making this program a success. This directory is published quarterly.

For information on the City of Wilmington's DBEs, please call (302) 576-2120 or contact us at smbeo@WilmingtonDE.gov

Contact Economic Development

Mailing Address

Mayor's Office of Economic Development
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street, 3rd Floor
Wilmington DE 19801

Phone: (302) 576-2120

Fax: (302) 571-4326

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Phone: (302) 576-2120

Email:  smbeo@WilmingtonDE.gov

Grow Wilmington Fund

Phone: (302) 576-2121

Email:  grow@WilmingtonDE.gov