Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs

The Port of Bellingham, which oversees the Bellingham International Airport (BLI), has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation 49 CFR Part 26 and an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program in accordance with U.S. DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 23. The Port of Bellingham is dedicated to the creation of a contracting environment that is welcoming to small businesses, including DBE’s.

Businesses seeking to be certified as a DBE or as an ACDBE should contact the Washington State Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE) for more information.

BLI’s DBE Goals for fiscal years 2021-2023 can be viewed here

BLI ACDBE Goals for fiscal years 2022-2024 can be viewed here.

For additional information on the DBE Program, contact the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO), Emily Phillipe, at emilyp@portofbellingham.com

For additional information on the ACDBE Program, contact the ACDBE Liaison Officer (ACDBELO), Aaron Collins, at aaronc@portofbellingham.com.

The Port of Bellingham/Bellingham International Airport hereby announces its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal of 7.5%, 5.5% from RN participation and 2.0% through RC measures for FAA-funded contracts/agreements. The proposed goal pertains to federal fiscal years 2024 through 2026. A teleconference will be held on July 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM for the purpose of consulting with stakeholders to obtain information relevant to the goal-setting process. Email emilyp@portofbellingham.com for Zoom information.


BLI’s proposed DBE Goals for fiscal years 2024-2026 can be viewed here.


The proposed overall goal and its rationale are available for inspection during normal business hours at the Airport Administration Office and for a 30-day comment period. Please email AirportManagers@portofbellingham.com with comments