California Department of Transportation

District 6 Small Business Program

Pat Bencomo, (A) District 6 Small Business Manager
855 M Street, Suite 200
Fresno CA 93721

Morris Caudle, District 6 Small Business Liaison
Telephone: (559) 444-2585
Fax: (559) 445-5828

Kelly Mertlik, District 6 Small Business Liaison
Telephone: (559) 488-7332
Fax: (559) 445-5828


Free Small Business State and Federal Workshops

Learn how to make your way through the procurement processes and compete effectively for your share of the Federal, State and HSR contracting opportunities.  Caltrans representatives will provide information on how the State of California contracting programs work including that of the High Speed Rail contracting. There will be an overview of SBA’s various contracting programs including the 8(a) Program and HUBZone Program along with contracting information for women-owned and veteran-owned businesses. The SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program will also be discussed at the workshop.

Location: U. S. Small Business Administration
801 R Street, Suite 201, 2nd Floor
Fresno, California 93721

Dates: See chart below

Reservations are required as seating is limited.  To make a reservation, contact William Hori at (559) 487-5791 ext. 2701 or at

Free parking is available on R Street.





February  20 , 2014

8:30 am - Noon


March 20, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


April 17, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


May 15, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


June 19. 2014

8:30 am - Noon


July 17, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


August 21, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


September 18, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


October 16, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


November 20, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


December 18, 2014

8:30 am - Noon


Central Valley Business Diversity Expo
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: University Square Hotel
4961 N. Cedar Ave
Fresno, CA 93726

Fresno’s only annual public-private supplier diversity and business match making event supporting the small and diverse business community. Past Participants/Sponsors: PG&E, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Bank of America, GSA, SBA, CA DGS, CA High Speed Rail Authority, Caltrans, EPA, USDA, City of Fresno, Fresno Unified School District, CSU Fresno, Fresno City College, YP, Fresno MBDA Center, Supplier Clearinghouse, Fresno Housing Authority, North Fork Rancheria, Comcast, Fresno Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Northern CA MSDC.

For further information and to register:

Call the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce at (559) 441-7929 or view the event website at:


Central Region Calmentor Spring Mixer and Workshop in Fresno
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Workshop: “Roundabouts”
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Caltrans District 6 Manchester Office
2015 E. Shields Ave, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93726

Spring Mixer
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Five Restaurant
1110 E. Champlain Dr.
Fresno, CA 93720

This is an excellent opportunity to network with Caltrans-Central Region representatives, local public city and county agency representatives and Calmentor members, along with both large and small Architectural & Engineering firms and DBE certified firms in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Register for this event at:


Central California Business Matchmaking Expo

Thursday, May 29, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Radisson Hotel-Downtown Fresno
2233 Ventura Ave
Fresno, CA 93721

The event is hosted by Central Valley SCORE. The Expo will feature vendor booths along with educational workshops and seminars for small businesses. Workshops topics include government contracting and lending, funding sources with banks, doing business with the State of California and exporting.  Breakfast and lunch provided. 

For further information:
Call the Central Valley SCORE at (559) 487-5605
Download the Flyer


Get Certified

Here are some links to assist your company in becoming certified to do business with the State of California as a SBE, DVBE, or DBE.

Caltrans goal is to exceed the 25% mandate for utilization of certified small businesses, and 5% with Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (DVBE) for all contracting and purchases.


Small Business Certification

Small Business Certification
BidSync Certification

  1. Must be independently owned and operated;
  2. Can not be dominant in its field of operations;
  3. Must have its principal office located in California;
  4. Must have its owners (or officers in the case of a corporation) domiciled in California; and
  5. Together with your affiliates, be either:
    • A business with 100 or fewer employees, and an average annual gross receipts of $14 million or less over the previous three tax years, or
    • A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.

Technical Assistance

Interactive Small Business Resource Map:
This is a resource for finding a local SBA office, SBDC office or a Financial Lending Development Corps office. Also, the map provides locations of Enterprise Zones.

FREE training class on the fundamentals of partnering on Caltrans construction projects.
Register online at

U.S. Small Business Administration
801 R Street, Suite 201, 2nd Floor
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 487-5791