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 three-year DBE Goals for fiscal years 2018-2020 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 2.3% for FAA-funded contracts/agreements. The proposed goal pertains to federally funded projects within fiscal years 2021 through 2023. A teleconference will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 11:00AM for the purpose of consulting with stakeholders to obtain information relevant to the goal-setting process. Email emilyp@portofbellingham.com for dial-in information.

Based on feedback received by the FAA, the Port’s goals were revised and a new goal of 4.2% was established

BLI’s three-year REVISED DRAFT DBE Goals for fiscal years 2021-2023 can be viewed here. The comment period ended at noon on April 8, 2021 and the Port is awaiting approval by the FAA of the draft goals.