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Business Development and Diversity


The City of Denver’s Office of Economic Development Runs the Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO)

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 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. In addition to granting certifications and providing outreach and capacity-building for small firms, DSBO sets participation goals for public projects and ensures that contractors are paid promptly.

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Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)

The ACDBE Program aims to provide equitable opportunities by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for concession opportunities at the airport.

The ACDBE Program is a federal program applicable to airports that receive federal funds through grants from the FAA.

ACDBE certification affords small businesses the opportunity to compete for concessions contracts, either as an operator or supplier, at Denver International Airport (DEN), as well as other airports receiving federal funding throughout Colorado. It is race and gender conscious.

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Mentor Protegé Program

This program is managed by the City’s Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO) and supports the City’s commitment to expanding the capacity of minority/women-owned businesses (MWBEs).

In support of that commitment, the Citywide Mentor-Protégé program matches larger firms with MWBEs to assist small firms in developing the necessary skills to scale their businesses and gain educational and networking opportunities directly from participating City departments and agencies.

The Commerce Hub team sets up introductions to various team members in other DEN divisions throughout the season that can assist the teams with their goals. Currently, the focus is on construction, design, engineering and professional service teams.

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Doing Business at DEN

DEN will not be held responsible for misinformation received from private plan holders. Please use the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing (BidNet) site to obtain solicitation information for the airport.

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