DBE Final Rule
Gabe Rand, DBE Supportive Services Specialist

After multiple years of perpetual regulations, the U.S. DOT announced several revisions to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program – effective May 9th, 2024. This includes changes to the requirements for applying, procedures for good faith efforts from prime contractors, and many other changes to regulations for qualifying for the program.

Don’t fret if this seems overwhelming, everyone is in the same position trying to learn the new regulations – especially prime contractors as a lot of these changes directly affect how they pick and choose what projects they’ll need DBE’s on. See the link here to get an idea of these new changes, and if there’s any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to grand@emdc.org and we can work through it together.
Come Join Us!
APWA - Maine Chapter, 31st Annual Highway Congress
June 6th, 2024
Skowhegan Fair Grounds
33 Constitution Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976

The Annual MCAPWA Highway Congress is the largest municipal infrastructure event in the entirety of the State of Maine. Join them at this incredibly important event with 75+ vendors (including us!) and over 1000 attendees. Coffee, donuts, and a barbecue chicken lunch will be provided. Registration is free before May 27th, so come see us on June 6th!

Upcoming Events
SBA & SCEC Resource Fair
May 16th, 2024
Main Street Business Building
19 Main St, Machias, ME 04654

 This no-cost event is a day filled with opportunities to network with local businesses and learn more about workforce support for job seekers, education and training opportunities, small business and entrepreneurship resources, and more.
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Showcase
May 21st, 2024
Thomas College Field House
W River Rd, Waterville, ME 04901

The Business to Business Showcase is one of the largest trade shows in the state of Maine, with over 130 booths. There will be lots of opportunities to make new connections or expand on preexisting ones with over 2,000 attendees, as well as prizes and giveaways. Make this the new annual event to attend to promote your business!
Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber After Hours
May 22nd, 2024
Brunswick Naval Aviation Museum
179 Admiral Fitch Ave, Brunswick, ME 04011

Business After Hours networking opportunity, join others from local companies for a night of networking with food and beverage provided.
MBTA Transportation on Tap
May 23rd, 2024
Sea Dog Brewing Co.
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086

About the Maine DBE Program

EMDC's Maine DBE Program helps women and minority-owned small businesses by providing individualized assistance. By working with a DBE Supportive Services Specialist, Maine businesses receive the tools and resources to sell their goods or services to the Maine Department of Transportation. We create a level playing field and remove barriers to help businesses statewide. Maine DBE Supportive Services is an EMDC program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and administered by the Maine DOT. 
Contact Us Today!
Gabe Rand
DBE Supportive Services Specialist, EMDC

40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401

Email: GRand@emdc.org
Office Phone: (207) 949-6177