Small Business Program

Small Business is Big Business at Caltrans

The Caltrans District 8 Small Business office is committed to assisting Small Business (SB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) firms gain access to Federal and State contracting and procurement.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Caltrans District 8 is committed to an overall DBE goal of 22.2% on its federal-funded projects based upon a race-neutral and race-conscious methodology.  A DBE certification is based on: Social and Economic Disadvantage, Business Size Standards, Personal Net Worth, Ownership and Control.  Nearly all Caltrans federally-funded projects will have a DBE utilization goal and so it is beneficial for qualified firms to become certified.  Only DBE certified firms can qualify for this program and be counted in the 22.2% goal. 

Small Business (SB), Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE)

Caltrans District 8 is committed to increasing the economic opportunity and development of SB DVBEs within State contracting. Caltrans has pledged to meet or exceed a 25% SB and 5% DVBE participation goal on State funded contracts and procurement opportunities. 

Meeting the Goals

In order to help meet these goals, Caltrans District 8 hosts a number of educational and outreach events within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  Annual events include: Surety (Bonding) Workshop, “How To Do Business With Caltrans,” DBE Certification Workshop, SB/DVBE Certification Workshop, Mandatory Pre Bid Meetings, Regional Small Business Council Meetings and Labor and Compliance Workshops.  It is the goal of the District Small Business Office to promote opportunities that will increase the DBE, SB and DVBE utilization in Caltrans contracting and procurement. 

Tools for Small Business

Contact: District 8 Small Business Program at