District 12 Small Business Program

The Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Certification Programs were established to increase business opportunities for the SB and DVBE communities within the State of California; thereby stimulating the state's overall economy. It is the Department’s goal to promote SB and DVBE participation in its procurement and contracting process by meeting or exceeding the 25% SB participation mandate and 5% DVBE goal.

The Department also strives to increase the level of participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in all Federal contracting activities. The overall statewide annual Department DBE goal is currently 17.6 %, with 4.2 % of project goals met through race neutral means, and 13.4% of project goals met through race conscious means.  Pursuant to federal regulations, to participate in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, qualifying firms must first be certified as a DBE by the Department’s Office of Civil Rights.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) - Federal Funded Program


Caltrans is committed to an overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 17.6 % on its federal-funded projects based upon a race-neutral and race-conscious methodology. 

Small Business (SB) & Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) - State Funded 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 minimum of 25% and DVBE goal of 5% on State funded contracts and procurement opportunities.


Mirley Vargas, MBA
Small Business Program Liaison

Marquis Williams
Small Business Program Chief