Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock

Airport Business

DBE Program

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Clinton National Airport and the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission are committed to increasing opportunities for disadvantaged, small, minority and women-owned businesses.

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program plays a very important role in this objective.  The program is funded by the United States Department of Transportation and administered by the Arkansas Department of Transportation. It seeks to eliminate discrimination in awarding federally-assisted business contracts and assist the development of businesses that can go on to compete in the marketplace outside the DBE program.

Clinton National Airport participates in the DBE program and has established a 11% DBE goal for 2021-2023, in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulation 49, Part 26 for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

DBE program documents are available for review during the Commission’s normal business hours.  Comments regarding the goal may be directed to Leonard T. Smith, Manager-DBE and Contract Compliance, Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, One Airport Road, Little Rock, AR 72202. All comments shall be reviewed and considered as a part of the goal methodology.

Certification Requirements 

While Clinton National Airport seeks certified DBE firms to participate in federally funded projects, MBE, WBE or SBA 8(a) certified firms are welcome to participate in locally funded projects. Before being certified as a DBE, MBE, WBE or SBA 8(a) firm, a company must meet the requirements of the certifying agency.

To find out more about the DBE certification process and requirements, visit the Arkansas Department of Transportation website.

To find out more about the MBE certification process and requirements, visit the Arkansas Economic Development Commission website.

To find out more about the SBA 8(a) certification process and requirements, visit the SBA website.

The airport will assist organizations in efforts to become certified. For more information, contact Leonard Smith or Kim Hubbard at 501-372-3439.

Assistance with Finding Certified Firms

While Clinton National Airport is not a certifying agency, the airport seeks to streamline access to directories for those seeking to find certified firms to use as partners in any upcoming projects.

Arkansas Department of Transportation’s directory of certified DBE firms

Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s directory of certified MBE firms 

Small Business Administration’s directory of certified 8(a) firms