California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11 Small Business Outreach


Approximately 98% of all California businesses are small business. Therefore, becoming a Certified Small business firm with the State of California can provide a number of material benefits to small business owners. For example, as a Certified Small business, you:

  • Qualify for a 5% bid preference on applicable state contracts
  • Are eligible for benefits under the State's Prompt Payment Act including higher interest penalties for late undisputed invoices. 
  • Receive free listings on the State's Internet Certified Firm Listing Web Pages to give your firm more visibility and expanded business networking opportunities

To be eligible for certification, your business:

  • Must be independently owned and operated
  • Cannot be dominant in its field of operation
  • Must have its principal office located in California
  • Must have its owners (or officers in the case of a corporation) domiciled in California; and
  • Together with its affiliates, be either:
    • A business with 100 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $14 million or less over the previous three tax years; or
    • A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.
Small Business Certification Application


There are several ways that you can find information about how to become certified to do business in the State of California. For Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Contact DGS Procurement Division, Office of Small Business and DVBE Certification.

For Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contact the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) by using the website listed

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