Business Development Resources
Vendors can learn how to get certified to do business with the state of California. Access links to labor laws, free advice, and other resources.
Grow your California-based business by networking with the SB and DVBE business community, complying with labor laws, and receiving free advice:
- DGS Outreach, Training and Advocacy
- How to do Business with the state of California
- California Business Portal
- California Capital PTAC (PDF)
- CA Department of Veterans Affairs DVBE Advisory Council
- Establishing Employees' Wages & Hours
- Find Loans & Grants
- Find Local Small Business Development Centers
- Free Small Business Advice from SCORE
- State Reciprocity Partners
- State SB/DVBE Advocates Directory
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.
- Federal Contracting
- Get Certified with SBA
- Women-owned Small Business Program
- Historically Underutilized Business Zone
- Locate your local Small Business Development Center
- Locate your Minority Business Development Agency
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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-opportunity. The 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.gov. Only 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
- SB/DVBE Participation in California's Construction Projects
- United States Small Business Programs