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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


In partnership with the Sewerage and Water Board, New Orleans Aviation Board and Harrah’s New Orleans, the City of New Orleans’ Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) administers the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SLDBE) Certification Program.

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.


Apply for SLDBE Certification

The SLDBE Application is available here

SLDBE Re-Certification

SLDBE Certification is valid for a one (1) year period.  Sixty (60) days prior to the expiration date, a firm must complete and submit a SLDBE Re-Certification Affidavit.

The SLDBE Re-Certification Affidavit is available here

***Online SLDBE Certification Process***

On August 15, 2016, our certification application process became available online. 

The City of New Orleans Business Diversity Management System is designed to empower vendors to manage their own vendor record including DBE registration, maintain accurate contact information, and submit contract payment details online. The system is accessible to all firms doing business with the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Aviation Board, Sewerage & Water Board and Harrah’s New Orleans. Other key features include:

  • Fully automated electronic SLDBE Certification Application process including New Applications and No Change Affidavit Renewal Applications;
  • Tracking of vendor certification applications from submission to completion;
  • Automated communication with contractors via email regarding compliance issues;
  • Prime submission of subcontractor utilization reports with automated tracking of contract goals and participation;
  • Enhanced online certified directory with keyword search capabilities;
  • Elimination of paper-based reporting.

If the application is properly completed and all supporting documents have been submitted, the processing time may be completed within 15 days.  Applications are processed by date of receipt on a first-in, first-out basis.  If there are questions regarding the certification process, please review Policy Memorandum No. 46R.

Paper applications will not be accepted after December 31, 2016.

Instructions on how to access and complete an application can be found in the B2GNow Online Application User Manual


DBE Reciprocity Program

A firm certified as a DBE through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Louisiana Unified Certification Program (LAUCP) 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 .

Out-of-State firms that currently hold Unified Certification Program (UCP) certification within their home state are encouraged to apply for reciprocity through an LAUCP certifying agency. To find an LAUCP certifying agency please visit:  

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Last updated: 3/6/2017 11:53:13 AM

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