The federally-mandated Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is intended to provide contracting opportunities to small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Pace's DBE Department is responsible for administering the program.
Pace is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in the conduct of its business, including the procurement of goods and services. Pace recognizes its responsibilities to the communities in which it operates and to the society it serves and reaffirms that commitment through the operation of its DBE program and Pace's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Policy Statement.
The Illinois Unified Cerficiation Program's DBE Directory identifies all certified DBE firms as a reference to assist prospective bidders in meeting any DBE participation requirements. Please be advised that a firm's DBE certification does not guarantee that the firm will be approved to participate toward a contract′s DBE goal. For work performed by a DBE firm to count toward the goal, the firm must perform a "commercially useful function", meaning it is responsible for execution of a distinct element of the work and carries out its responsibilities by actually performing (with its own workforce), managing, and supervising the work involved.
Every three years, Pace is required to set an agency-wide DBE goal for the coming three-year period. Learn more about that process in Pace's.
Is your business considering applying for DBE status or seeking help in the bidding process? For your consideration, Pace offers a list ofwho can help with the DBE certification process, bidding on construction contracts, and bid notifications.
Pace's 2019 - 2021 Triennial DBE Goal is 12%.
PUBLIC NOTICE--DBE GOAL ANNOUNCEMENT
This notice is to inform interested parties that a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Participation Goal of 9% has been set for Federal Fiscal Years 2022, 2023, and 2024 for projects funded in part by Federal funds, with 9% expected to be achieved via race/gender neutral attainment. The proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal and methodology has been developed by Pace Suburban Bus Division Regional Transportation Authority in accordance with the requirements set forth in 49 CFR Part 26.
If you wish to review and comment on the proposed goal and its rationale, see DBEinfo@pacebus.com between August 31, 2021 – September 29, 2021 and directed to ATTN: Chi Kwan Tang, Acting DBE Liaison Officer, (847) 228-4257, DBEinfo@Pacebus.com.for a copy of the proposed goal calculation and its rationale. All comments may be emailed to