DBE Overview

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs) and CFR Part 23 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Airport Concessions).

BTR received the 2017 Inclusion Champion Award in the small-hub airport category by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The award recognized BTR nationally for commitment to diversity, workforce inclusion, and professional development.

DBE Eligibility


Your business must be 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s).
Disadvantaged - The DOT presumes certain groups and disadvantaged, including women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans, or other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Persons who are not members of one of the above groups and own and control their business may also be eligible if they establish their "social" and "economic" disadvantage.

Business Size Determination

A firm (including its affiliates) must be a small business as defined by SBA standards.
Personal Net Worth - Economic disadvantage is defined as a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million.
Independence and Control - The business must not be tied to another firm in such a way as to compromise its independence and control of business decisions.  A disadvantaged owner seeking certification must possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the firm.  The owner must also have an overall understanding of, and managerial and technical competence and experience directly related to, the type of business in which the firm is engaged.

Burden of Proof Allocation

Applicants carry the initial burden of proof regarding their eligibility and must demonstrate that they meet all requirements concerning group membership or individual disadvantage, business size, ownership, and control.

LA UCP DBE Certification

Firms must be certified by the Louisiana Unified Certification Program (LA UCP) for their work to count towards DBE participation.  If your firm would like to become certified, please contact one of the participating LA UCP certifying agencies directly.
A list of certifying agencies by region can be found at www.laucp.org.  A directory of DBE firms that are LA UCP certified is located at http://laucp.org/UCP/UCPSearch.aspx.


The Airport conducts an annual outreach program which includes an overview of the program.  Additionally, the outreach program provides an in-depth tutorial on how to become certified by the LA UCP, how to comply with the Airport's DBE program, and where to find services at local small business development centers.

DBE Goals

DBE Goal:
Fiscal Years 2021-2023 – 11.37%

Fiscal Years 2022-2023 – Rental Car 2.42% and Non-Rental Car 1.70%

Current Opportunities

The Airport advertises business opportunities through Baton Rouge City Purchasing and the legal section of the Baton Rouge Advocate.  Individuals and firms interested in doing business at the Airport are encouraged to register as a vendor through City Purchasing and (http://brgov.com/dept/purchase/) monitor the newspaper (www.2theadvocate.com)

ACDBE COVID-19 Assistance ProgramACDBE

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Denver International Airport (DEN) Commerce Hub announced a new program designed to help Airport ACDBEs on the path to sustainability and financial recovery amidst this COVID-19 pandemic.  The program is designed to assist the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program in receiving the most help possible to put you on the road to sustainability and recovery.  Click here to visit the Commerce Hub website.

Who can use this program?

Certified ACDBEs that do business in the airport marketplace.

Contact Information

Kim Nolan

DBE Liaison 


(225) 355-0333


(225) 355-2334


9430 Jackie Cochran Drive, Suite 300
Baton Rouge, LA 70807



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