Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO)

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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.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

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:

  • Caltrans 2015 Availability and Disparity Study – 88A0101

    BBC Research & Consulting, Caltrans' Disparity Study (Study) consultant, continues to gather anecdotal evidence, i.e. personal accounts and perceptions of incidents – including incidents of discrimination.

    Public meetings to obtain verbal testimony were held throughout California in early November. If you could not attend the meetings but are interested in providing testimony, please e-mail your written testimony to: You may also forward your testimony via US Mail to Caltrans Disparity Study, OBEO, 1823 14th Street, Sacramento CA 95811 or via fax to Caltrans Disparity Study at 916.324.1869. (Your personal information will remain confidential to the extent permitted by law.) The deadline to submit testimony is March 15, 2016.

    Questions about the Study may also be e-mailed to

  • DBE Supportive Services Contracts

    Contact Hershel Baser via e-mail at

  • OJT Supportive Services Contracts

    Contact Hershel Baser via e-mail at

  • 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

Small Business (SB) & Disabled Veterans 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:

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

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

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