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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) is dedicated to increasing the participation of Small Business (SB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) firms in both Federal and State contracting and procurement.
The OBEO ensures non-discrimination in the execution of contracts and promotes positive external customer relations.
Caltrans is committed to an overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 12.5 percent on its federal-funded projects based upon a race-neutral and race-conscious methodology. To learn more about how the DBE goal was established and how to obtain DBE Certification, click on the links below:
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Caltrans is committed to increasing the economic opportunity and development of Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) within the State of California. Caltrans is committed to an SB participation goal of 25% and DVBE goal of 5% on State funded contracts and procurement opportunities.
Visit the Department of General Services website for SB/DVBE program information such as:
Caltrans is actively pursuing SB/DVBE and DBE business participation in all projects and procurement opportunities and has developed a comprehensive small business and disadvantaged business infrastructure with representatives in the twelve Caltrans districts. Please view the attachment below for the Small Business Liaison in your area.
District Small Business Liaison Contact List
Caltrans 2016 Availability and Disparity Study
Caltrans 2016 Availability and Disparity Study is now complete and available for review.
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National Summer Transportation Institute
Caltrans is now accepting applications to serve as a host site for the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program.
The NSTI Program is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused program for high school and middle school students. Its objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle- and high-school students—particularly minority, female, and disadvantaged youth—about transportation careers, and encourage participants to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits.
For more information regarding the NSTI Program, please contact Hershel Baser, Contract Manager, Office of Business and Economic Opportunity, at (916) 324-0987, or Hershel.Baser@dot.ca.gov.
DBE Supportive Services
On September 28, 2016, Caltrans executed contract 88A0104 with GCAP Services, Inc. to provide Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Supportive Services (DBE/SS) in the Southern Region of California. The Southern Region consists of Caltrans Districts 7, 8, 11, and 12.
The purpose of DBE/SS is to increase utilization of certified DBEs and potential DBEs on Caltrans’ federal-aid highway construction and professional services projects.
For more information regarding DBE/SS, contact Hershel Baser, Contract Manager, Office of Business and Economic Opportunity, at (916) 324-0987, or Hershel.Baser@dot.ca.gov.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Title VI Program
External Equal Opportunity Program
Reports (DBE/DVBE Data)
Caltrans Statewide Small Business Council
California Department of Transportation
Office of Business & Economic Opportunity
1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
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