GLOSSARY & TERMS


 

ACDBE

Airport Concessionaire Disadvantage Business Enterprise

American Indian or Alaskan Native (not Hispanic or Latino)

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian (not Hispanic or Latino)

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent including, Cambodia , China , India , Japan , Korea , Malaysia , Pakistan , the Philippine Islands, Thailand , and Vietnam .

Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino)

Persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
Bond Guarantee Program (BGP) The Bond Guarantee Program (BGP)is a financial support program which the State of Florida acts as a second surety, guaranteeing the construction bonds for DBEs working on FDOT projects. Participation in the BGP is limited to those DBEs who have been awarded a Certificate of Proficiency and have documented knowledge of the principals of construction bonding. Services under the BGP include: Packaging Bond Applications, Construction Bond Principals Seminars and Overhead Audits, a one time free service for DBEs seeking pre-qualification as a consultant. For more information or assistance contact:
Florida A&M University Small Business Development Center
2035 East Paul Dirac Drive, Suite 130, Morgan Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32310 Telephone: (850) 561-2393
Toll Free: (800) 226-3881
Fax: (850) 561-2393
Construction Management Development Program & Bond Guarantee Program The Construction Management Development Program (CMDP) is a voluntary program designed to improve and develop the skills of small business owners and managers enabling them to perform successfully on FDOT construction projects. Courses offered are Business Management, Construction Accounting, Construction Math and Estimating, Contracts, Specification and Law, Scheduling for FDOT and Plan Reading for FDOT. Participation in the CMDP is open to firms certified as a DBE by the Florida Unified Certification Program or a small business firm whose annual gross receipts do not exceed $2 million dollars average over the last three year period. For more information or assistance contact:
Florida A&M University Small Business Development Center
2035 East Paul Dirac Drive, Suite 130, Morgan Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32310 Telephone: (850) 561-2393
Toll Free: (800) 226-3881
Fax: (850) 561-2393
www.sbdcatfamu.org

Contractor

The individual, firm, joint venture, or company contracting with the Department to perform the work. A) Prime Contractor: A company having a contract with the FDOT. B) Subcontractor: A company having a contract with a prime contractor or  subcontractor regardless of tier. C) Tier indicates that a company is subordinate to another company on the contract. A subcontractor is first tier to the prime. A company that subcontractor engages is ―2nd tier, and if they in turn engage another company, that company is ―3rd Tier.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

A for-profit small business concern (1) That is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals and (2) Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

DBE Supportive Services

Supportive services are those activities and services that are designed to contribute to the growth and eventual self sufficiency of DBEs so that they may achieve proficiency in competing for contracts and subcontracts. The purpose of the DBE Supportive Services Program is to increase the number of certified DBEs participating in the highway program and to contribute to the growth and eventual self-sufficiency of DBE firms. The Department's statewide DBE Supportive Services provider provides managerial and technical assistance to certified DBEs participating in the highway program at no cost. Participation in the DBE Supportive Services Program is open to firms certified as a DBE by the Florida Unified Certification Program. The DBE Supportive Services provider is available to assist prime contractors with locating DBEs on the Department's online business directory and matching primes with DBEs for subcontracting/sub consulting/supplier opportunities. For more information or assistance regarding the DBE Supportive Services contact:
Blackmon Roberts Group

902 S Florida Ave., Suite 205
Lakeland, Florida 33803
Telephone: 863.802.1280

Fax: 863.802.1290
www.brgfl.com

The Equal Opportunity Reporting System (EOR)

The Equal Opportunity Reporting (EOR) system is an internet based tracking system that consists of three separate components, BizWeb, BizNet and BizTrak. BizWeb and BizTrak are the two components that are relevant to EEO Construction Contract Compliance. A revision to the EOR system is targeted for release in 2012.

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation also abbreviated as DOT.

Foreign Business Concern

A for profit corporation incorporated under the laws of a state other than Florida.

Hispanic or Latino

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

Invitation To Bid (ITB)

A formal Purchasing document used whenever items, materials, or services can be individually priced, and/or where per-hour or per-unit charges can be used. If all other legal, base line, and documentary requirements have been met (bidder's experience, past performance, DBE compliance, etc.), price is the only factor considered in awarding the contract. Bid openings are public.

Large Business Concern

A concern which does not meet the definition of a "Small Business Concern."
Mentor-Protégé Program A program whose purpose is to build effective working relationships between leaders of mature established companies and emerging small DBEs in order for the latter to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the established mentor companies.

Minority (or Minorities)

Persons of Black, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native races. The term may mean these groups in the aggregate or an individual group.

Minority Business Enterprise

A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American.
Ownership by minority group members means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

National Origin

Pertains to one's origin based on birthplace, ancestry, culture or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group. National origin may be expressed as a country (e.g. Nigeria , China , Jamaica or as a continent or geographical area (e.g. African, Asian, Caribbean).

NAICS Code

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS - pronounced 'nakes') - A five to six digit numerical coding system classifying businesses by industry, (not product).

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino)

A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Responsible Bidder or Submitter

A bidder or submitter that has the capability in all respects to perform fully the contract requirements, and the integrity and reliability that will assure good faith performance.

Responsive Bid or Proposal

A bid or proposal that conforms in all material respects to the IFB, RFP, or RFQ. Responsiveness pertains to whether or not a submitter or bidder has submitted all of the documents and information requested in the ITB, RFP, or RFQ, and whether or not those documents are properly executed according to the instructions in the ITB, RFP, or RFQ.

Request for Proposal (RFP):

A formal Purchasing document used when experience, past performance, resources, and other criteria may outweigh cost. After proposals are submitted and reviewed, the Department may engage in discussions or negotiations with selected firms in order to obtain the best terms for the Department.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

A formal Purchasing document used when it is desirable to establish a pre-qualified pool of companies contracted for certain (usually professional) services that may be required "from time to time." Once the pre-qualified pool is in place, the Department of Purchasing, on behalf of the user department, issues Requests for Proposals for specific projects to all members of the pool -- or all members of a category within a pool -- throughout the contract period, without the requirement of public advertising for each project.

Small Business Concern

The SBA, for most industries, defines a "small business" either in terms of the average number of employees over the past 12 months, or average annual receipts over the past three years. In addition, SBA defines a U.S. small business as a concern that:
  • Is organized for profit;
    Has a place of business in the US ;
    Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor;
    Is independently owned and operated; and
    Is not dominant in its field on a national basis.
The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal form. In determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary to reflect industry differences, such as size standards.

Small Disadvantaged Business Concern

A small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or a publicly owned business having at least 51% of its stock owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals.

Small Business Size Standards

The Florida Department of Transportation uses the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) definition of a small business as defined by 49 CFR 26.65.  The USDOT definition uses the Small Business Administration (SBA) definition which has different size standards for the type of work performed.  The USDOT definition limits the size standard to $22.41 million.  A business determines their size by averaging their annual gross receipts over the last three years.  If their average gross receipts are under the SBA size standard for a particular type of work and under $22.41 million, the business would be considered a small business.

Socially and Economically Disadvantaged

Individuals who are identified as a member of an ethnic group. This includes Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Hawaiians), Asian-Pacific Americans (U.S. citizens whose origins are from Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, Northern Marianas, Laos, Cambodia and Taiwan), and Asian-Indian Americans (U.S. citizens whose origins are from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh). Other groups or individuals may be considered disadvantaged if certification is granted by the Small Business Administration according to Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

Two or More Races (not Hispanic or Latino)

A person who identifies with more than one of the other races i.e., white, black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and/or Asian.

Unified Certification Program (UCP)

The purpose of the UCP is to provide "one-stop shopping" to applicants for certification, such that an applicant is required to apply only once for a DBE certification that will be honored by all recipients in the state. In the past, a firm would be required to apply for certification as a DBE with each agency with which the firm wants to work.  Under UCP, the firm applies one time with the state transportation agency, and if approved, that certification is shared by all other federal recipients in the state. The UCP eliminates the need for multiple DBE certifications with recipients of funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

White (Not of Hispanic or Latino)

 Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.

Women

Adult females.

Workplace

A place where work is performed, may include, work sites, properties, buildings, offices, structures, automobiles, trucks, trailers or other means of conveyance (private or public, while engaged in performance of duties), and parking areas, whether owned, leased or rented.

 
 
 
 

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