Doing Business with CATS

Doing Business with CATS as a DBE/CBI-MWSBE

DBE - Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program (Federal)
As a recipient of Federal funding from the US-Department of Transportation, the City of Charlotte/ Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is required to administer a Disadvantaged Business (DBE) Program. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, as described in CFR 49 Part 26, offers certified DBEs equal opportunity to compete for Federally-funded contracts.

CATS Overall Annual DBE Goal FFY2017-2019

DBE Policy Statement

City of Charlotte’s DBE Program

Ciudad de Charlotte Programa DBE

Charlotte Business Inclusion (CBI) - Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprise Program (Local)

As a recipient of local revenue, the City of Charlotte/ Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) seeks to enhance competition in City contracting and promote economic growth and development in the Charlotte Combined Statistical Area (CSA) by fostering the inclusion of locally present CBI program Certified Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprises. We are working with local certified businesses to reinvest back into our own economy. For more information, see the CBI-MWSBE Development Page.

Provide certified DBEs/CBI-MWSBEs with increased notification of contracting opportunities
Perform periodic monitoring & reporting of all Federally-and Locally funded CATS projects

DBE certified vendors are listed in the North Carolina DOT DBE Directory.
CBI-MWSBE vendor lists appear on the City's Vendor Lists page.

Who qualifies for certification?

DBE Certification/Re-Certification Applications should be directed to The North Carolina Department of Transportation

Local MWSBE Certification/Re-Certification Applications should be directed to the Charlotte Business Inclusion Program.

Monthly Subcontractor Participation Report Forms:

FTA Contracts: Form A (List of Proposed Subcontracters: DBE and non-DBE)
FTA Contracts: Form B (Affi​davit of DBE Utilization Post Award)
FTA Contracts: Form C (Evidence of Good Faith Efforts)
FTA Contracts: Form D (Letter of Intent)
CBI-MWSBE Monthly ​Report Form​

Any questions contact:

Arlanda Rouse 704-432-2566, e-mail

Terrence E. Watson 704-432-2554, e-mail