Business Diversity

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program


Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hereby announces its proposed overall DBE participation goal of 15.10% for projects funded in whole or in part with federal funds at CLT in Federal Fiscal Years 2020, 2021 and 2022. The proposed overall DBE participation goal and its rationale are available for inspection during normal business hours at CLT’s principal office located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 5601 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Please contact Michele Torres with any questions regarding the proposed DBE goal.

As a recipient of federal grants from the Department of Transportation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), CLT must comply with 49 CFR Part 26: Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs. In accordance with program guidelines, CLT has developed and implemented processes and practices that aim to achieve the goals of the DBE Program: To create a level playing field for disadvantaged businesses and to break down the barriers to participation on contracts that support the operations and development of the Airport. CLT encourages DBE participation and actively seeks new and innovative ways to engage DBE firms on Airport projects.

Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program

In 2005, the ACDBE Program was initiated after the release of the Final Rule for 49 CFR Part 23: Participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Airport Concessions.

CLT has a long established concessions program that originated with the Part 26 DBE regulation and has transferred seamlessly into the 2005 Final Rule.

To date, CLT has a robust ACDBE Program which includes, but is not limited to, participation from ACDBE firms in food/beverage and retail concessions, advertising, and rental car services. CLT encourages ACDBE participation and actively seeks new and innovative ways to include ACDBE firms in all eligible concession opportunities.

DBE and ACDBE Certifications

USDOT has mandated that all states implement a Unified Certification Program (UCP) to streamline the certification process and eliminate the burden of having to certify with multiple agencies. To certify as a DBE and/or ACDBE firm please visit NCDOT page for information and certification forms.

DBE Contract Documents and Information