San Antonio Airport

Business Opportunities

SAT Small Business Office

Small Business Office (SBO)

The Small Business Office (SBO) manages and monitors the administration and compliance of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)Program, Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA)Program and the Title VI Nondiscrimination Compliance Program for the Aviation Department.

SAAS Contracting Opportunities

SAAS Small Business Office hosts various contracting opportunities events to highlight upcoming projects at SAAS. The Contracting Opportunities Event presentations highlight project scopes, timelines, funding source and offer Subcontracts an opportunity to meet with Prime Contractors and other key stakeholders.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program

The DBE program was created to minimize concerns related to minority discrimination in the award and administration of contracts in Department of Transportation (DOT) funded projects. The DBE Program is a federal program required by 49 CFR Part 26. 49 CFR Part 23 is the DBE program for airport concessions. The San Antonio International Airport is a medium hub primary airport and has received federal funds authorized for airport development.

DBEs Build our Future

One of the San Antonio International Airport’s (SAIA) objectives is to facilitate Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation for contractual opportunities at the San Antonio International Airport System. SAIA strongly encourages businesses to explore their eligibility for DBE certification with the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA). A unified certification process, herein referred to as the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP), was created in response to a mandate to implement a “ one stop ” certification process for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). The City of San Antonio is a member of the TUCP and utilizes the services of the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA), which uses the certification standards of 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26 to determine the eligibility of firms to participate as DBEs in federally-assisted contracts. The City will recognize all DBEs certified by the TUCP throughout the State of Texas. To be certified as a DBE, a firm must meet all certification eligibility standards. However, certification does not guarantee the award of City contracts.

A DBE/ACDBE is a for-profit small business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

  • A small business concern is a firm whose annual gross revenues or number of employees do not exceed the limits applicable to the type of business as determined by the US Small Business Administration Table of Small Business Size Standards.
  • Individuals who are African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific-American, Native American or women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged if their personal net worth does not exceed the net worth limit.
  • Individuals whose socially and economically disadvantaged status is relied upon for DBE certification must show that their individual net worth does not exceed $1.32 million. For purposes of establishing net worth, the following items are excluded:
    • The equity in the individual’s primary residence; and
    • The equity in the business which is applying for the DBE status.
  • Companies wishing to operate an airport concession should seek ACDBE certification. All others should seek DBE certification. The South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency is a certifying member of the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP).

If your firm is certified as a DBE, your business:

  • Will have the opportunity to bid on contracts for all Department of Transportation (DoT) modes statewide (Aviation, Highways, and Transit).
  • Will have access to information on statewide DBE contracting opportunities.
  • Will be listed in a DBE directory which will be posted on the internet and updated monthly.

To apply for DBE certification, please contact the SCTRCA at 210.227.4722 or

Proposed DBE and ACDBE Goals

San Antonio Airport System Notice of Proposed Goals for the Participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Assisted Contracts October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2022.

Public Notice of FY 2020-2022 Proposed DBE Goals

San Antonio Airport System Notice of Proposed Goals for the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Assisted Contracts October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2023.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF FY 2021-2023 Proposed ACDBE Goals

For DBE /ACDBE Program Complaints contact:

Barbara Patton

San Antonio Airport System
9800 Airport Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 210.207.SAIA (7242)
Fax: 210.207.3500

Prompt Payment Complaints

The City requires that all subcontractors performing work on DOT-assisted contracts shall be promptly paid for work performed pursuant to their agreements, in accordance with all relevant federal, state, and local law.

For procedures on complaints by subcontractors regarding the prompt payment requirements, please
click on the link below:

Prompt Payment Complaints


Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Program

The SBEDA Program uses the Airport’s purchasing power to build the capacity of small, minority and women-owned businesses by assigning participation goals to Airport contracts and eliminating barriers to competition. Click on link to see SBEDA Program

Airport Nondiscrimination Compliance Program

We operate our small business programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin, religion, sex, disability (physical or mental), age, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, AIDs/HIV status, medical condition, political views or affiliations in accordance with Title VI Civil Rights Acts (49 CFR Part 21). For information on the Title VI Nondiscrimination Program and complaints, please click on the link below:

Title IV

Small Business Element

The City has created a Small Business element to structure contracting requirements to facilitate competition by small business concerns, taking all reasonable steps to eliminate obstacles to their participation, including unnecessary and unjustified bundling of contract requirements that may preclude small business participation in procurements as prime contractors or subcontractors. The City will actively implement the program elements to foster small business participation; doing so is a requirement of good faith implementation of our DBE program.

Small Business Element