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Helping a larger, more diverse field of businesses compete for government contracts is an important way that we help small businesses grow and increase their revenues. Many small companies do not realize that they can, by gaining certification for various qualifying factors, access a much broader world of opportunity. Qualifying factors include being minority- or woman-owned, or otherwise being a disadvantaged business.

This work is performed for a wide range of city projects and contracts through DEDO's Division of Small Business OpportunityAs part of our administration of this important process--from business outreach to training, granting the certification itself, and program maintenance and compliance--we use financial analyses to assign Minority/Women and/or Disadvantaged Business (M/WBE/DBE) goals to each project. 

We also maintain a defined selection pool of Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and specific projects for Emerging Business Enterprises (EBE). Larger companies that bid on the City’s construction projects meet the specific M/WBE/SBE/DBE goals by partnering with certified firms.

To learn about how business certification could build your company, use our information line at 720-913-1714 or send an email to Each month we host a free, two-hour training about the certifications and how you can get started. Here's the schedule.

To learn about the city's Mentor-Protege Pilot Program for 2020-21, start here.

Contractor Compliance Forms & Instructions

As you may know, the ordinances that govern the work of DSBO were amended in 2017. The amendments required M/WBEs, SBEs, and EBEs to report information that allows DSBO to more accurately track payments to certified firms. Since the ordinance amendments were passed, we have been working with B2G to incorporate the data elements needed, and we created Form 18A to help us through the transition.

We are pleased to inform you that new line items have been added into B2G; therefore, you will no longer need to complete Form 18A. Below are the current fields that DSBO monitors in B2G along with new fields that have been added to accurately track the utilization of certified firms. The DSBO compliance team currently monitors the “current fields” in B2G and is now adding the “new fields” to make it easier for certified firms to report payment delays. 

To learn more, read our "Instructions for Form 18-A" document, below.


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Denver, CO 80202
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