The Business Development Program’s primary function is to research state contracting policies to identify opportunities for California small and underrepresented businesses. Policy enhancements are also explored to promote streamlined approaches to contracting with California businesses. The program manager collaborates with business groups, state officials and public and private stakeholders. Please visit our Outreach Section for additional tools and to identify upcoming outreach activities.

Federal Government Programs

Business owners interested in applying for certification can contact the Small Business Administration (SBA) who offer certifications based on social and economic status of business owners, women ownership, as well as Hub Zone Certification that is based on the location of the business and the employees. These programs require a majority owner that can meet the individual program requirements to apply and receive certification. Use the SBA ‘Contact Us’ link if you have additional questions about these certification programs.

 

State of California Departments with Federal Programs

Business owners who are interested in obtaining federal certification for federally funded public works projects can visit the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Office of Business and Economic Opportunity’s (OBEO) webpage for information and to download the application at https://dot.ca.gov/programs/business-and-economic-opportunityThe Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification office is located in Sacramento and can be reached 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, Pacific Time, excluding state holidays, at (916) 324-1700 or at DBE.Certification@dot.ca.govOnly one federal certification is required for federally funded projects. Caltrans’ certification decisions are issued in approximately three to five months. Caltrans staff will visit the business location before a certification is issued.

Women, minority, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and disabled veteran-owned business owners who are seeking certification and information can visit the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) webpage. CPUC monitors a Utility Supplier Diversity Program in procurements by participating utilities and oversees the Supplier Clearinghouse. Direct certification questions to info@thesupplierclearinghouse.com or (562) 325-8685 & (800) 359-7998, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time. Certification decisions are issued in approximately 45 days.

 

State of California Programs

Business owners who are interested in Small Business (SB) certification and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) certification can use these links to learn about the required documents to submit with the online application. Contact OSDS at OSDSHelp@dgs.ca.gov or (916) 375-4940, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, excluding state holidays. Most small business certification decisions are issued upon completion of the online application. 

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  1. Ensure your Cal eProcure Bidder notification includes your business email address and is turned so you will receive solicitations that may be of interest to you. If you have any questions, please contact: FI$Cal Service Center – Vendor Management, toll free at (855) 421-6355 or vendors@fiscal.ca.gov, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m., Pacific Time, except State Holidays.

     

  2. Contact the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS) about submitting certification applications. If your certification profile isn’t update, you will miss out on receiving information that affect your certification. OSDS can be reached at 916-375-4940 or OSDSHelp@dgs.ca.gov, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, except State Holidays.

     

  3. Learn about DGS- Office of Business and Acquisition Services’ (OBAS) upcoming solicitations and the DGS - Procurement Division’s (PD) upcoming solicitations by accessing What State Departments Are Buying on the How to do Business with the state of California page. Upcoming solicitation notices are posted monthly.  OBAS conducts purchases on behalf of DGS and PD conducts purchases on behalf of other state agencies when purchases will exceed agencies’ purchasing authority. 

     

  4. Explore the State Contract and Procurement Registration System (SCPRS) tab on this page to learn what state departments have purchased. 

    1. Now that you have determined the departments you would like to do business with, email your business’s one-page capabilities statement to the department’s SB/DVBE Advocate and ask about their SB/DVBE Option opportunities. Use the SB/DVBE Advocates Directory to locate SB/DVBE Advocates.

     

  5. Know your competition. Search for SB/DVBE firms using Cal eProcure’s Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise tab to view competitor’s profiles.

     

  6. Search opportunities using the Get Public Procurement Information tab on the Cal eProcure page. California certified businesses can participate in state contracting in three ways:

     

    1. State departments’ use of the SB/DVBE Option
    2. State departments’ and local governments’ use of California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS)
    3. Receive and respond to bid notifications posted by state departments to the California State Contracts Register (CSCR) by Registering as a Bidder. Also, search California State Contracts Register (CSCR) for opportunities.

     

  7. Explore the state’s Reciprocity Program to learn about its SB and DVBE reciprocity partners. This program builds partnerships with cities, counties and special districts throughout California that agree to use the state’s SB and/or DVBE certifications.

     

  8. State departments are required to pay California certified small businesses within 45 calendar days after receiving an undisputed invoice to avoid late payment penalties. Review the Prompt Payment Program Assistance page for more information.

 

State Contract and Procurement Registration System (SCPRS) pivot tables communicate the products and services purchased by state departments from July 1 – June 30 of the identified year. For more information, visit the following pages:

quick links

  • SB/DVBE Participation in California's Construction Projects
  • United States Small Business Programs