Federal and state contracts have goals for subcontracting opportunities. Having a certification if you qualify in a group with contracting goals can help you partner your business with prime contractors for projects.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent Quick Facts for Seaside, 36.5% of Seaside's businesses are owned by women and 12.9% are owned by African-Americans. There are other businesses where data was not significant for publication in the American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander ownership categories. These businesses may qualify for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) status. Whether or not your small business qualifies, you may wish to contact the Monterey Bay Technical Procurement Assistance Center to help you compete successfully in the Government business marketplace.
Find a list of Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises qualifications for firms and owners and see if your business is eligible for the state's Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises Participation Program.
Women’s Business Enterprises are entities that are at least 51% owned and/or controlled by women.
Important Note About Discontinuance of DBE Certificates
Please Note: That effective August 1, 2013, the California UCP (including Caltrans) stopped issuing Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Certificates as evidence of certification. A copy of a printout from the DBE Database should be sufficient proof of a firm's certification. Prime contractors and awarding agencies should not impose on DBE firms the burden of providing a DBE certificate in their bid packages - it is not required.