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Disadvantaged & Small Business Enterprise Program

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) strives to make it a priority to include small, minority and women owned businesses when seeking goods and services for its daily operation. Both Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs have been implemented by JAA in support of this mission.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Policy
JAA has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26.  JAA receives federal financial assistance from the USDOT and as a condition of receiving this assistance, JAA has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

JAA implements a DBE Construction Goal based upon the type and intensity of construction related projects established for the fiscal year(s) and public input.

DBE Goal:

  • The DBE Goal for Fiscal Years 2014-2016 is 14.41% of USDOT federally funded projects

JAA, in accordance with 49 CFR Part 23, also provides a program for the participation of Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) in concession related contracting opportunities.  Separate goals are established for car and non-car rental concessions.

ACDBE Goals:

  • The ACDBE Car Rental Goal for Fiscal Years 2015-2017 is 3.45% of total estimated car rental concessions gross receipts


  • The ACDBE Non-Car Rental Goal for Fiscal Years 2015-2017 is 12.8% of total estimated non-car rental concessions gross receipts


Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP)
JAA is a NON-certifying member of the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP), administered by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which provides one-stop certification to applicants seeking DBE certification in the State of Florida.  Upon obtaining DBE certification through the UCP, that certification will be honored by all UCP members and will be listed in the State of Florida’s DBE Directory. The following links to the FDOT / UCP and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) DBE and ACDBE directories are provided for your convenience:


FAA dbE-Connect DBE/ACDBE Directory linkCLICK HERE 

For information on the DBE/ACDBE certification process, please call JTA’s Diversity & Equity Office at 904.630.3157

DBE Video Summary Overview
Overview of the DBE Program for recipients of federal funding: CLICK HERE

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program
JAA’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program is a race and gender neutral program that encourages economic growth for local small businesses by providing opportunities to compete for all or portions of JAA contract awards. The SBE program endeavors to create greater access for SBEs to participate as primes as well as subcontractors on non-federally funded projects, contracts and purchases. Under this program JAA will accept SBE certification from companies currently certified with the City of Jacksonville’s Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB) program. Companies seeking certification will be referred to this agency. Companies currently certified as DBEs under the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP) will automatically be considered certified and eligible to participate on JAA contracts and purchases as SBEs, as long as the DBE entity is located within the counties of Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau and Baker.

Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses Program
JAA supports the City of Jacksonville’s JSEB Program, which was enacted to establish and strengthen relationships with small business owners in our community.  The program helps to create a contracting environment for local small businesses whereby everyone has an opportunity to participate. JAA honors and accepts JSEB certification in support of our initiative to utilize SBEs for goods and services in our daily operations. For more information regarding the JSEB program, please visit: www.jseb.coj.net

JAA’s Small Business Program Summary

Primary certification types accepted by JAA:

  • DBE         Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  • ACDBE    Airport Concession DBE (rental car & non-rental car)
  • JSEB       Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business


Program Benefits:

  • Solicitation Participation Percentage Goals
  • Small Business “Set Aside” Solicitations


Local Preference Policy
JAA has implemented a Local Preference Policy (LPP) initiative in order to assist with the growth and development of our local economy. Firms that qualify for this initiative will be given percentage discounts, points and tie-breaker preference in JAA’s Procurement Department’s solicitation efforts.

In an effort to stimulate economic growth and development of local businesses and keep local resources in the community, JAA’s LPP initiative is established to encourage local businesses to participate in the competitive process for the provision of JAA’s goods and services.

Program Summary
For a summary of JAA’s LPP initiative, click here


Meet & Greet
Please join us to obtain information on the procurement process of doing business with JAA and upcoming bid opportunities. These sessions also provide opportunities to meet and/or schedule meetings with specific buyers / JAA representatives and for interested firms to network with each other.

Date:                       Every 2nd Monday of each month
Time:                       2:00 – 3:00pm
Location:               Jacksonville Aviation Authority

                                Administration Building / Training Rm 2nd Floor
                                14201 Pecan Park Road
                                Jacksonville, FL 32218
                                NO RSVP REQUIRED

Meet & Greet Summary
For a summary of JAA’s Meet & Greet sessions, click here



JAA is in the process of establishing a Small Business Mentoring Initiative, the general purpose of which will be to solicit the guidance and participation of JAA’s top contract award recipients in its commitment to increase the business acumen, contracting opportunities and growth of interested small businesses through informal, “mutually beneficial” mentoring relationships that result in relationships of trust and confidence.




Summary of links provided for your convenience

FDOT - Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Directory:

FAA dbE-Connect DBE/ACDBE National Directory:

City of Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB) Program information and directory:

DBE summary overview - Overview of the DBE Program for recipients of federal funding

Any questions or comments regarding the above should be directed to JAA’s Vendor Outreach & Compliance Specialist at 904.741.3667

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