AWI Business Resources

The District Department of Transportation’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) Program is committed to ensuring that all segments of the local community benefit from the economic impact, and job creation and contracting opportunities that all AWI projects will provide, particularly those communities that will be served by a specific project. Equally important is our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all of our programs and practices.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The AWI Program has established a DBE program in accordance with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), 49 CFR Part 26. As will all projects using federal funds, AWI projects require Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms to complete a percentage of the work. The AWI Program DBE participation goal is 35 percent.

For more information about the AWI DBE program, please review this fact sheet.

For more information about DBE certification, please visit this page from DDOT on

Federal Mandated Small Business Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program may include “race neutral” contracting requirements in an effort to facilitate competition by all small businesses. Race neutral is a category that includes ALL small business as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA). A small business must be certified by the SBA and has the ability to provide a copy of their current SBA letter of certification attesting to their eligibility.

Certified Business Enterprise (CBE)

A Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) is a business that is headquartered in the District of Columbia and has been certified by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Projects funded with local funds are required to meet a CBE goal of 35%.

For more information about the CBE program, please visit

For more information about any of the above, please contact Gladys Kamau Ph.D. at 202-741-8528 or

To learn more about doing business with the Government of the District of Columbia and view open solicitations, please visit the website of the Office of Contracting and Procurement.