North Region Small Business Program

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.

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Benefits and Requirements

Small Business Certification Benefits

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.

Small Business Eligibility Requirements

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.
  • Together with your affiliates, be either:
    1. 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
    2. A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Benefits

  • 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.

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Eligibility Requirements

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.
    NOTE: 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.
    NOTE: The home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign based business.

About Us

Mission Statement

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."

District 3 Small Business Liaison

Small Business Program
Department of Transportation
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
Phone: (530) 229-0561
Fax: (530) 225-0324

Additional Links

  • Office of Small Business & Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Services (OSDS)
  • Office of Business & Economic Opportunity
  • State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP)
  • State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)