Disadvantaged Businesses

In accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA) maintains a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (Program) designed to equitably distribute the federal assistance it receives for construction and design contracts at SRQ.  The program attempts to identify the portion of the total available contractor population that is made up of minority and women-owned businesses that have been certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) under the rules established by the US Department of Transportation.  The program then attempts to ensure that DBEs receive a portion of SMAA’s federal assistance that is representative of their relative proportion of the available contractor base.

Under SMAA’s Program and in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, an “Overall Goal” for DBE participation in the federal assistance to be received by SMAA is established every three years.  The goal pertains to the ensuing three-year period and is based on contracting activity projected to occur at SRQ during that period. The goal is then monitored by SMAA and adjusted for material changes in the contractor marketplace or in contracting activity at SRQ.  While DBE participation on individual contracts may vary widely during the period, the Overall Goal is intended to represent the dollar-weighted average participation over the full three-year period.

SMAA recently proposed an Overall Goal for DBE participation for the period October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2020.  The proposed Overall Goal for this period is 9.5% and is based primarily on an analysis of the relative availability of DBE firms to perform the work that is anticipated to be funded with federal assistance during the period. The proposed goal is subject to review and approval by the Office of Civil Rights within the Federal Aviation Administration, an operating mode of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Interested parties are invited to comment on SMAA’s proposed goal for DBE participation for the fiscal years 2018 through 2020.  Comments may be made to:

Donald Farr                                                                                                     Keturah Pristell
Manager, Internal Audit and Civil Rights Compliance Officer                 Southern Region DBE Compliance
Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority                                                           FAA Southern Regional Office
6000 Airport Circle                                                                                        Office of Civil Rights ASO-9
Sarasota, FL 34243                                                                                       1701 Columbia Ave.
941-359-2770 Ext. 4233                                                                               Atlanta, GA 30337
donald.farr@srq-airport.com                                                                       404-305-7392                    


In accordance with United States Department of Transportation regulations, the Authority has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program pertaining to airport construction projects (49 CFR Part 26) and a separate Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program pertaining to for-profit businesses operating on airport property (49 CFR Part 23). These programs seek to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of federally assisted construction contracts as well as the concession contracts at SRQ. The programs establish goals for participation in airport contracts by certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBEs), each as defined by the referenced regulations, based on the relative availability of such firms in the marketplace.

DBE and ACDBE certification in Florida is overseen by the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP) administered by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The UCP maintains a directory of all currently certified DBE and ACDBE firms. Firms apply for certification with FDOT or with one of the other certifying members of the UCP. The Authority is a non-certifying member of the UCP.

The Authority has designated Donald M. Farr as its DBE Liaison Officer, responsible for administration of the DBE and ACDBE programs. Mr. Farr may be contacted at 6000 Airport Circle Sarasota, FL 34243; 941-359-2770 ext 4214; donald.farr@srq-airport.com