The County of Volusia Transit Services Division, known as Votran, is inviting the public to participate in updating its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal. As a part of the goal-setting process, Votran is holding a 30-day public comment period until July 31, to gather feedback before submitting the goal to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for review and acceptance.

A free webinar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, to provide information and answer questions about the 2023 DBE goal. Interested individuals can register for the webinar by visiting

The DBE program aims to ensure equal opportunities for disadvantaged business enterprises in the award and administration of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FTA-assisted contracts. The program seeks to address past and current discrimination against DBEs, promote fair competition, enhance program efficiency, and alleviate burdens on small businesses.

“We are dedicated to supporting our community and fostering nondiscrimination of disadvantaged business enterprises,” said Ralf Heseler, the Transit Services Division’s DBE Liaison Officer. “We encourage the public to participate and join us for the informative webinar to learn more about our goals and the DBE program.”

To participate in the public comment period, individuals can review the program at and provide comments to Ralf Heseler at or by calling 386-756-7496.


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