Put the business of your dreams within reach in our airport community

Entrepreneurship is challenging in times of uncertainty, but building and achieving success with the business of your dreams is invaluable. This is why the ACDBE and DBE Program exists. Here is a little about how to make your company available to our airport community.

 

What is the ACDBE and DBE Program?

By federal regulation, the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) requires transportation agencies or entities receiving federal funds for infrastructure improvements to establish a program to increase the participation of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in infrastructure projects. (49 CFR Part 26) and in airport concession opportunities (49 CFR Part 23).

 

What is an ACDBE and DBE?

ACDBEs and DBEs are small for-profit enterprises where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least 51% of the business and control the operations and day-to-day management of the business.

 

ACDBE and DBE Program Objectives:

  1. Ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of federally funded contracts and concession opportunities at the airport.
  2. Create a level playing field so DBEs can compete fairly for infrastructure improvement contracts and ACDBEs in concessions opportunities.
  3. Ensure that only firms that meet all eligibility standards can participate as DBEs or ACDBEs at our airport.
  4. Eliminate discrimination in DBE and ACDBE participation.
  5. Help develop companies that can successfully compete outside of the program.
  6. Ensure that the program is designed in accordance with the law.

 

ACDBE and DBE Program Goals

  1. For the federal fiscal year 2015, the FAA approved Aerostar as a minimum goal per program.:

 

  • DBE
    • 4% of all federal funds received for infrastructure improvements at the Airport must be contracted with DBE-certified firms.
  • ACDBE
    • Concessionaires = 11% of the revenue of all concessions at the airport must come from ACDBE-certified companies.
    • Car Rental = 5% of Car Rental companies’ expenses must come from ACDBE-certified companies.

 

ACDBE and DBE Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Socially and Economically Disadvantaged – They must meet the following criteria:
    • U.S. citizens or legal residents who are: Hispanic, female, African American, African American, Native American, Asian American, or other socially and economically disadvantaged individuals on a case-by-case basis.
    • Personal net worth (PNW) must be less than $1,320,000, excluding interest in the applicant company and principal residence.

      2. Standard business size:

  • DBE

       They must be small businesses that meet Small Business Administration requirements, and the average annual gross income for the last three fiscal years must be less than or equal to $26,290,000.

  • ACDBE

       The average annual gross income for the last three tax years must be less than or equal to $56,420,000 except for the following:

  1. Car Rental Companies – $75,230,000
  2. Banking Institutions – $1 billion in assets
  3. Auto Dealers – 350 employees
  4. Ownership

For-profit companies where at least 51% are owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people.

 

  1. Management and Control:

The owner must have the direct or indirect power to manage, set policy, and make short- and long-term decisions for the business. Only independent businesses qualify for the program, so their sustainability cannot depend on a relationship with another business.

 

If you meet the above requirements, you may apply for DBE and/or ACDBE certification to participate in the program.

 

How to obtain the certification?

Uniform Certification Program

The Uniform Certification Program (UCP) is the evaluating body in each of the states or territories of the United States for companies interested in becoming certified as DBEs, ACDBEs, or both. The Puerto Rico UCP is composed of:

  1. Ports Authority
  2. Highway and Transportation Authority
  3. Metropolitan Bus Authority
  4. Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC.

 

Aerostar is exclusively responsible for evaluating new certifications of companies currently doing business or bidding to do business at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Companies that do not fall into these categories should contact one of the government agencies mentioned above.

 

New Applications

Companies applying for certification for the first time must complete and submit the application for certification along with the additional documents required in the application and participate in an interview conducted at their business in the home state or territory. Failure to submit the required documents may result in a delay and/or denial of the evaluation.

 

Local businesses that qualify and are interested in applying for certification must submit the following documents:

  1. Application for Uniform Certification
  2. Affidavit of Puerto Rico for Uniform Certification Application
  3. Statement of Personal Net Worth
  4. Affidavit of Puerto Rico for Personal Net Worth Status
  5. Supplemental information and documents are listed on page 15 of the Uniform Certification Application

 

Interstate Certification

Companies certified in their home state or territory must not fill out the application again. Still, they must provide the UCP in Puerto Rico with copies of the following documents:

  1. Copy of the certification from the home state
  2. Copy of application forms, including all supporting documents and any other information submitted in the home state or any other state
  3. Correspondence with the home state or any other state related to the company’s current status
  4. Provide evidence of any certification appeals with the DOT
  5. An affidavit signed by the owners of the firm affirming; that the company has submitted all information required by 49 CFR 26.85 (c) and the information is complete and, in the case of the information required by §26.85 (c) (1), is an identical copy of the information provided to the State of Origin. Suppose the visit to your offices supporting the certification is more than three years from the date of the application. In that case, the affidavit must affirm that the situation set forth in the application remains true and correct.

 

Companies currently doing business or that have an offer to do business with Aerostar at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and that have duly completed all the required documents must file them at:

 

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

Office for Civil Rights

Carolina, PR  00979

(787) 289-7240 extension 2911

 

Firms whose business activity is likely to provide goods or services to both the DBE (construction) and ACDBE (concessionaires) programs must notify their application that they intend to be evaluated for both programs.

 

Once your company is certified in one or both of these programs, it will be included in the Puerto Rico Directory. This directory contains all the accredited companies in the program. The Highway and Transportation Authority is responsible for updating the directory.

 

Annual requirement to maintain certification:

All firms certified as DBEs, ACDBEs, or both, must file an annual DBE, ACDBE, or both. No-Change Affidavit, along with documents evidencing the size and gross revenues of the business. These documents will be reviewed to verify that the company continues to meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

 

Firms whose business activity is likely to provide goods or services to both the DBE (construction) and ACDBE (concessionaires) programs must notify in their application that they intend to be evaluated for both programs.

 

Once your company is certified in one or both of these programs, it will be included in the Puerto Rico Directory. This directory contains all the accredited companies in the program. The Highway and Transportation Authority is responsible for updating the directory.

 

Annual requirement to maintain certification:

All firms certified as DBEs, ACDBEs, or both, must file an annual DBE, ACDBE, or both. No-Change Affidavit, along with documents evidencing the size and gross revenues of the business. These documents will be reviewed to verify that the company continues to meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

 

You can contact Aerostar’s DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer at:

 

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

Terminal D Ground Level

Carolina, PR  00979

(787) 289-7240 extension 2911

[email protected]

 

At Aerostar, we believe in the potential of seeing your business grow. For more information about the ACDBE and DBE program, visit https://aeropuertosju.com/avisos-publicos/

 

Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC

📍Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín