DBE Goals & Commitment

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SBCTA affirms the utilization and participation of qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms in its contracting and procurement activities. SBCTA encourages general and prime contractors to afford competitive subcontracting opportunities to DBE firms, where possible, in their contracting and procurement activities within the SBCTA area.

Information for DBEs

Contracting opportunities are published in the “Notice Inviting Bids” for each Federally funded project. To be eligible, DBE subcontractors must be certified with the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP). For more information, please visit the Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity website:

To sign up for information and be notified about upcoming contracting opportunities, sign up on SBCTA’s PB System™, a fully automated web-based vendor and bid management system.

DBE Program Information

SBCTA contracts that are funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, including Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) , are subject to the requirements of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 26, entitled “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs.” To view the code, please visit:

SBCTA contracts that are funded through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), are subject to the Caltrans DBE program and may have contract goals. For more information, please visit the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance website.

SBCTA DBE Program Documents

DBE Resources

DBE Certification
Please visit the Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity website for information on DBE certification and the DBE certification application. Access the CUCP database of DBE firms at

Los Angeles Metro is a DBE certifying agency. Metro hosts a two-hour orientation/workshop on the second Tuesday of each month to advise firms on how to do business with Metro and the different small business certification programs that are offered by public agencies, including the DBE Certification Program:

Mentoring Program 
Caltrans’ Southern California districts have developed a mentoring program for professional architectural and engineering (A&E) contracts. To learn more about how they can provide you with expert advice, please contact:

U. S. Department of Transportation Short Term Lending Program
The Short Term Lending Program (STLP) enables small businesses to gain access to the financing they need to participate in transportation-related contracts. Learn more…

DBE Training & Support

Caltrans Events
Caltrans’ Office of Business & Economic Opportunity maintains a calendar of events statewide for small businesses. These events include training sessions, networking opportunities, and workshops.

Other Local Training Opportunities
There are many free training opportunities to learn more about operating a business in the State of California. Here are two comprehensive resources:

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