Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE)
The State of California provides Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) certifications to give preferred status in government contracts and provide access to more contract opportunities.
Contact the Department of General Services Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS)
Office of Small Business and DVBE Services
Department of General Services
707 Third Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Certification Inquiries: OSDSHelp@dgs.ca.gov
About the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services
OSDS is the state’s certifying agency that administers the small business, small business for the purpose of public works, and DVBE certification programs.
Benefits of SB/DVBE Certification
Small and micro businesses receive the following benefits from obtaining Small Business Certification.
- A 5 percent bid preference on applicable State solicitations.
- As a certified small business/micro business, you are eligible for the State’s Small Business Participation Program. This program sets a goal for the use of small businesses in at least 25 percent of the State’s overall annual contract dollars.
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises also receive these benefits:
- State-certified DVBEs are eligible for the State’s DVBE Participation Program. The program sets the goal to use DVBEs in at least 3 percent of the State’s overall annual contract dollars.
- State agencies may use a streamlined process known as the “SB/DVBE Option” by contracting directly with a California certified DVBE business for goods, services, information technology and public works projects. The solicitation must be valued at more than $5,000, and the State agency must obtain price quotes from at least two California certified DVBE businesses.
More information on SB/DVBE benefits and eligibility requirements, visit the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services online here.
How to Get SB/DVBE Certification
Certification is completed online within the Cal eProcure system and requires the submission of a few standard business documents. Learn more about the process to become certified through the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services’ online guide.