New Orleans Regional Transit Authorit

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certification; and

  • LAUCP DBE Certification. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is a Region 2 certifying agency for the Louisiana Unified Certification Program. Visit the LAUCP DBE page for information about the program. The RTA's contact person for LAUCP certification is included in the PDF summary below.


  • Certification Designations: SBE
  • Race Conscious: NO
  • Gender Conscious: NO
  • Re-Certification: Annual
  • Graduation: If the business no longer meets the SBA size standard for a small business
  • Approval Timeline: 30-60 Days
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:

    OVERVIEW (Download PDF)

    The RTA’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is open to all business owners regardless of race, ethnicity or gender.  The SBE Program is used for both federally and non-federally funded procurement projects at the RTA.  As such, once a business is certified as an SBE the firm can bid and perform as an SBE on any RTA project. 

    Businesses that are currently Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified with the Louisiana Unified Certification Program (LAUCP) must submit an SBE Affidavit of Certification Eligibility. The LAUCP DBE certification will automatically certify a business as an eligible SBE.  Businesses that are owned by minorities or women that are not currently DBE certified must submit a complete an SBE certification application with all supporting documentation.


    To be an eligible Small Business Enterprise a business must be for-profit and must meet the annual gross receipts  cap of $17.42 million as defined in 49 CFR Part 26.  The business must also meet the SBA industry size standard defined by the Small Business Administration.

    The business must have a least 51% ownership by a person who is economically disadvantaged.  To be considered economically disadvantaged the individual’s Personal Net Worth, not including their primary place of residence or ownership in the business cannot exceed $1.32 million in compliance with the 49 CFR Part 26.67.  SBE business owner must be a U.S. Citizen or lawfully permanent resident of the U.S.

    Certification as a City of New Orleans State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SLDBE) does not qualify the firm for either DBE or SBE status with the RTA. 


    Complete and submit the certification application, along with the supporting documents, to the RTA’s Director of Small Business Development. The small business development team will review the application package for completeness and will schedule and conduct an on-site visit of your business.  The certification process typically takes between 30-60 days. 


    The SBE application is also available online at:

    Agency contact information is included in the PDF Overview above