Find State Resources About Local Contracting Assistance
California funds a network of small business technical assistance centers that provide no-cost one-on-one consulting and low-cost training services to small businesses and entrepreneurs with all stages, including but not limited to:
- Startup business plans
- Access financing (i.e., loans and grants)
- Enter new markets
- Strengthen operations and build resiliency
- … and more
With over 30 languages available, find your local center and connect with an advisor today.
The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. DGS manages state procurement projects and provides online services to businesses seeking procurement opportunities and certification.
Procurement Division (PD)
The Certification and Outreach Branch supports the State of California’s small business (SB) and disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) firms through outreach, education, advocacy and certification services. This branch processes certification applications, addresses certification inquiries, conducts outreach to businesses, and supports buyers throughout the state to work with SBs and DVBEs.
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Caltrans commits to an overall Small Business contracting goal of 25 percent and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise goal of 5 percent. Businesses interested in contracting opportunities with Caltrans can contact the Division of Procurement and Contracts for more information and visit the Department of General Services Cal eProcure program to obtain business certification.
Division of Procurement and Contracts (DPAC)
The Division of Procurement and Contracts is responsible for assisting Caltrans districts and programs with the procurement of information technology (IT) and non-IT commodities, service contracts, architectural and engineering (A&E) contracts, minor public works contracts, the CAL-Card Administration and Compliance Program, property control, and compliance reporting.