Qualifying for the SLDBE Program
A business may qualify for the SLDBE Program if it is determined that the firm's ability to compete in the business world has been restricted due to industry practices, limited access to capital and/or restricted credit opportunities that are beyond the firm's control.
A business may also qualify as a SLDBE certified firm if it is owned, operated and controlled by:
One or more socially and economically disadvantaged person(s) and
That person or those persons own, operate and control at least 51% of the company.
The SLDBE Program is a race‐and gender‐neutral program that does not presume social and economic disadvantage.
State & Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SLDBE) Certification Program
The SLDBE Certification Program is the City's race and gender neutral Equal Business Opportunity Program. Certification as a SLDBE business provides a firm reciprocity with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, The Armstrong International Airport and Harrah's Jazz Casino of New Orleans.
How to Apply for SLDBE Certification
SLDBE Application Package (Contains the application and all schedules, forms and financial statements.)
Apply for SLDBE Re-Certification
SLDBE Certification is valid for a two (2) year period. Sixty (60) days prior to the expiration date, a firm must complete and submit a SLDBE Re-Certification Application.
SLDBE Re-Certification Application
DBE Reciprocity Program
A firm certified as a DBE through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Louisiana Unified Certification Program may be granted provisional certification as a DBE by the City of New Orleans with all the rights associated with such certification pursuant to Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu's Executive Order MJL 10-02 signed on June 3, 2010. In order to participate in the DBE Reciprocity program, a business must provide evidence of LAUCP certification and receive a letter authorizing reciprocity from the Office of Supplier Diversity.
Request your letter authorizing reciprocity by emailing the Office of Supplier Diversity's Certification Officer now.