Small Business and Community Transit

Community Transit promotes and encourages Small Business participation, which includes small, minority, and women-owned businesses in its procurement opportunities.

The agency is interested in firms that demonstrate a commitment to equal employment opportunities and encourages firms to employ a workforce that reflects the region's diversity and adheres to nondiscrimination provisions.

To be considered a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), firms must be certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) before the bid/proposal submittal date. Information regarding Disadvantaged Business Enterprises currently certified with the State of Washington is available on their website.

SBE/DBE Business Development Program

Community Transit, in partnership with the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, has developed a program to support Small Businesses.

Our objectives are to:

  1. Attract small businesses to participate and be competitive to win Community Transit contracts.
  2. Promote SBE/DBE certification.
  3. Provide training and technical assistance.
  4. Assist small businesses so that they can better compete in the marketplace.

To apply for the Business Development Program (BDP), download and complete the BDP Application PDF. In addition, more information about the Small & Disadvantaged Business Development Program is available to download as a PDF.

Business development events

Community Transit's Procurement Division is pleased to partner with the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to offer events and workshops to support business owners in the communities we serve.

Unless otherwise indicated, email to register for the events listed below or to ask any questions.

Upcoming events by our partners

Click below to visit our partner organizations' calendars of events:

  • Economic Alliance of Snohomish County

    Economic Alliance Snohomish County creates economic growth and opportunities through leadership, collaboration, advocacy and support. As a countywide chamber and economic development organization, we encourage business, partnerships, jobs and growth by collaborating with stakeholders throughout the County.

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  • Washington PTAC

    We have eight locations across Washington State assisting small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings, and other areas relating to government selling. Nationally, there are over 90 PTACs with over 400 counselors. This nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals works to ensure businesses can find, bid and win state, federal and local government contracts.

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  • Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises

    The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises leads the Statewide M/WBE program as the sole agency that certifies minority- and women-owned business enterprises to participate in public contracting and procurement. This program includes a comprehensive certification process, small business support services, and the Supplier Diversity team.

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