California Department of Transportation

District 3 and North Region Small Business Program

District 3 Small Business Liaison
Small Business Program
Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 911, 703 B Street
Marysville, CA 95901
Phone: (530) 741-4222
Fax: (530) 741-4101
District 1 Small Business Liaison
Small Business Program
Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 3700
Eureka, CA 95502
Phone: (707) 441-5814
Fax (707) 441-5871
District 2 Small Business Liaison
Small Business Program
Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 496073
Redding, CA 96049-6073
Phone: (530) 229-0561
Fax (530) 225-0324

Welcome to the District 3 Small Business Program. As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the economic development of California, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have launched a program to increase the number of small businesses competing for highway, rail, and mass transit construction work in District 3.

Caltrans is actively pursuing small business participation in all projects and has developed a comprehensive small business infrastructure with representatives in the twelve Caltrans districts. Our goal is to open the door of opportunity for small businesses in Sacramento, the North Valley and the Sierra regions that are critical to the economic health and well being of our state and assist firms in "Doing Business with Caltrans."



The District 3 Office is located at: 703 B Street in Marysville


December 11, 2014
Register 7:30am 8:00am Sierra Nevada Room
Seminar 8:00am 12:30am Sierra Nevada Room
District 3 District Office
Learn how to sell to Caltrans buyers, Free advertising, How to protect your business from cyber attacks, building business sucess and free or low-cost resources.

February 18, 2014 - Breakfast with Caltrans For A&E Firms
9:00am 11:30pm Sierra Nevada Room
District 3 District Office
Networking breakfast and roundtables with representatives from Caltrans Divisions speaking on upcoming A&E projects, Division responsibilities and answering questions.
Registration required by 2/17 at:

April 8, 2014 - CA Green Summit Buyer/Vendor Lounge
1:00 3:30pm Sacramento Convention Center
Conference to showcase environmentally-friendly services and products and provide information/education is in Sacramento April 8th and 9th.
The Buyer-Vendor Lounge offers exhibiting and attending vendors an opportunity to meet one-on-one with government buyers and /or small business advocates.
Registration and event information at:

April 29, 2014 - District 3 Business Information Seminar
8:00am 12:30pm Small Business Development Center of Greater Sacramento/Sierra
Learn how to do business with Caltrans, tips for business success in 2014, how SB and/or DVBE certification can boost your
business and what to really do to defend your business against cyber crime.
Registration will open in March

As a certified small business you:

  • Qualify for a 5% bid preference on applicable state contracts.
  • Are eligible for benefits under the Prompt Payment Act, including:
    Higher interest penalties for late, undisputed invoice payments (interest penalties for construction firms are addressed under Public Contract Code 10261.5).
  • Are listed in the state's Internet Certified Firm Listing giving your firm more visibility and expanded business networking opportunities.

As a certified small business you:

  • 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 your affiliates, be either:
    A business with 100 or fewer employees, and an average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less over the previous three tax years, or
    A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.


  • Certified DVBEs are eligible for the state's 3% DVBE Participation Program.
  • DVBE certification status strengthens business networking opportunities via OSBCR's Internet Certified Firm Listing.
  • Other governmental DVBE programs recognize the state's certification.

To be eligible for certification your business must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have at least 51% owned by one or more disable veterans.
  • Your daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans.
    The disabled veteran(s) who manages and controls the business is not required to be the disabled veteran business owner(s).
  • Your home office must be located in the U.S.
    The home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign based business.