Disadvantaged Businesses

Disadvantaged Business Program Overview

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans offers firms exciting business opportunities in Professional Services, Construction, Goods and Services through its Economically Disadvantaged Business Program (EDBP).

To ensure that a broad spectrum of local and small businesses receive equitable contracting opportunities with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans Board, its Board of Directors authorized the State Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program since September 1997.

In 2015, local and small business contracting totaled over $15 million in construction, goods/services and professional services. Along with local partnering agencies, the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Program creates a level playing field of which small businesses and DBEs can compete fairly for local government funded contracts.

The S&WB strongly encourages participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) on all open market bids and RFPs.

Certification Application Process Now Available Online

The City of New Orleans in partnership with the Sewerage and Water Board, New Orleans Aviation Board and Harrah's New Orleans, which operates the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program is pleased to announce our Vendor Electronic Certification System. This system allows vendors the ability to complete an on-line application for certification, update contact information, look-up certified firms, as well as report contract payment information.


Participation is, by definition, done by subcontractors. A prime contractor cannot fulfill the participation goal. A DBE certified company acting as the prime contractor must subcontract with other DBE companies to meet the bid goal.

DBE Participation Goals are included in the bid documents and if additional information is needed regarding certification or SLDBE Goals, please contact the Economically Disadvantaged Business Program..

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