California Department of Transportation

Angela Shell
Assistant Director

1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 324-0449
FAX (916) 324-1949
TTY 711

Small Business Advocate

DBE Certification Assistance (916) 324-1700



Office of Business & Economic Opportunity

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) is dedicated to increasing the participation of Small Business (SB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) firms in both Federal and State contracting and procurement.

The OBEO ensures non-discrimination in the execution of contracts and promotes positive external customer relations.

OBEO Job Postings

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

Federal Program

Caltrans is committed to an overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 12.5 percent on its federal-funded projects based upon a race-neutral and race-conscious methodology. To learn more about how the DBE goal was established and how to obtain DBE Certification, click on the links below:

DBE/UDBE Search Apply for CBE Certification, coming soon

Caltrans 2015 Availability and Disparity Study – 88A0101 New Item

BBC Research & Consulting, our Disparity Study (Study) consultant, continues to gather anecdotal evidence, i.e. personal accounts and perceptions of incidents – including incidents of discrimination, and has scheduled public meetings to obtain official testimony as well as answer questions about the Study.

The public meetings will be held throughout California in early November; for details, please see the public_meeting flyer:

•            District 6, Fresno, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, on Wednesday, November 4
•            District 4, Oakland, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, on Thursday, November 5
•            District 7, Los Angeles, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, on Friday, November 6
•            District 3, Marysville, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, on Thursday, November 12
•            District 11, San Diego, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, on Wednesday, November 13

If you would like to participate but cannot attend the meetings, please provide written testimony via e-mail to; via US Mail to Caltrans Disparity Study, OBEO, 1823 14th Street, Sacramento CA 95811; or via fax to Caltrans Disparity Study at 916.324.1869.  (Your personal information will remain confidential to the extent permitted by law.)

DBE Supportive Services Contracts New Item

On April 13, 2015 the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Supportive Services (DBE/SS) contract is currently advertising on Bidsync .   Hover over the hyperlink provided control click where the advertisement is posted.  Please refer to RFP # 88A0102 to download the RFP bid packet.  To receive updated information, OBEO is currently posting updates regarding the pre bid teleconference on Twitter at #CaltransOBEO.  Please go to our Facebook page for additional information regarding the RFP.

For additional information please contact, Hershel Baser via e-mail at

OBEO now has its own hashtag on Twitter it is #CaltransOBEO.


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

State 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 goal of 25% and DVBE goal of 5% on State funded contracts and procurement opportunities.


Visit the Department of General Services website for SB/DVBE program information such as:          

  • Certification Eligibility and Benefits
  • Bid Opportunities
  • SB/DVBE Firm Search
  • Outreach and Networking Events

Caltrans is actively pursuing SB/DVBE and DBE business participation in all projects and procurement opportunities and has developed a comprehensive small business and disadvantaged business infrastructure with representatives in the twelve Caltrans districts.  Please view the attachment below for the Small Business Liaison in your area.

District Small Business Liaison Contact List