Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

What is DEI?

DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The term refers to a system of values meant to protect marginalized communities from physical, mental, and emotional violence in the form of the targeting of identities. DEI can be used as a lens to understand the world around us, especially people. Budlong is a microcosm of the greater world, but also specifically of Los Angeles; widely considered as one of the most diverse places on the planet. The importance of DEI concepts and implementation is vital to the success of any company seeking to operate effectively in such a place.


The purposeful recognition of differences in human beings across various identities as well as lived experiences. It creates systemic contextualization of historically marginalized communities.


Understanding how people with different backgrounds may not have an even playing field due to historical and current systems that create barriers. Equity seeks to address unfairness by providing resources to those most in need.


Creating a space where all feel valued despite differences in lived experiences and identities. Inclusion focuses on creating safe and welcoming spaces to nurture collaboration and creativity.

Why is DEI important?

Budlong employees are entitled to safety; emotionally and physically. Creating a culture of respect through DEI has statistically proven to improve work quality and efficiency, in addition to creating better communicators and collaborators. It gives the space for everyone to remain engaged with their work and create a supporting community.


Some of the relevant DEI project Budlong has recently worked on include the following:

  • Public schools
  • Libraries
  • Public transportation (Metro)
  • Community Centers
  • Community Colleges
  • ADA Barrier Removal Projects
  • Affordable Housing


Budlong has multiple licenses that demonstrate our commitment to diversity within our company and our work.

DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The Department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is designed to remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide. The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

LSBE – Local Small Business Enterprise

The Local Small Business Enterprise (LSBE) Preference Program boosts contracting opportunities for small businesses in L.A. County. Certified LSBEs receive a price preference which helps level the playing field for certified small businesses bidding on L.A. County solicitations.

MBE – Minority Business Enterprise

Minority group members are United States citizens who are Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals 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 (i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.)

SBE – Small Business Enterprise
Small business enterprises are independently owned and operated, with less than 100 employees, and less than $15,000,000 in receipts