Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO)

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)



Public meetings (originally scheduled during the last two weeks in September) to discuss and obtain public comment for Caltrans proposed amended 2016-2018 overall DBE goal and methodology are postponed until further notice. We plan to post an updated meeting schedule soon. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Federal Program

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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Small Business (SB) & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)

State Programs

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:

  • Certification Eligibility and Benefits
  • Bid Opportunities
  • SB/DVBE Firm Search
  • Outreach and Networking Events

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 2015 Availability and Disparity Study

    Caltrans is currently conducting an Availability and Disparity Study.
    What is an Availability and Disparity Study?

    • Examines participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in public contracting
    • Measures the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses for public contracts
    • Assesses local marketplace conditions for small businesses and minority- and women-owned businesses

    Public meetings to obtain verbal testimony regarding experiences working in the California public highway transportation marketplace were held throughout California in early November, and written testimony was accepted through March 15, 2016.  Thank you to all who provided testimony as your participation will assist Caltrans in identifying ways to better support small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

    The final Study report will be posted on the OBEO website by September 2016.
  • NSTI Program

    Caltrans has awarded contracts for the 2016 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program to two host sites: California State University, Los Angeles, and San Jose State University.

    The purpose of the NSTI Program is to promote greater awareness of career opportunities within the transportation industry among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students. Curriculum includes classroom and field activities in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

    For more information about the NSTI Program, contact Hershel Baser, Contract Manager, Office of Business and Economic Opportunity, at (916) 324-0987, or

Statewide Alerts and Other Information

Contact Information

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
Office of Business & Economic Opportunity
1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

General Information:

Phone: 916-324-0449
Fax: 916-324-1949
TTY: 711

Small Business Advocate:


DBE Certification Assistance:

Phone: 916-324-1700

DBE Supportive Services Contracts:

Phone: 916-324-0987

OJT Supportive Services Contracts:

Phone: 916-324-0987

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