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UTSA partners on campaign to promote minority businesses


Record Increase in Job Hires

7-1-2020 California Gas Tax Jumps 3.2%
5-29-2020 Changes are coming to HUBZone - webinar on June 9 at 2:00 p.m. register now!
5-14-2020 More California counties get OK to start reopening economies

Reopening the Economy


Caltrans Issues Special Permits Authorizing Overweight Trucks to Deliver Emergency COVID-19 Supplies


California is investing to protect vulnerable younger Californians

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill
3-23-2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
3-18-2020 Tips for Small Businesses to Plan for and Respond to Coronavirus
3-9-2020 USWCC Small Business & Women-Owned Supplier Meetings
2-21-2020 OFCCP Launches the Contractor Compliance Institute
2-10-2020 MetroConnect" with City of Long Beach Mayor Garcia

Father Joe’s begins construction on 400 affordable units - San Diego, CA

1-9-2020 Small Business Administration has announced the selection of Godfrey Hinds as Lead Economic Development Specialist
12-1-19 266,000 new jobs in November, unemployment rate matches 50-year low, and more

Join SBA in Newport Beach at this No-Cost Event December 4, 2019 


Going Global with the United Nations Procurement System

10-27-19 Veteran's In Focus- GSA's Global Supply Program

Caltrans Generates Nearly $233 Million Through Efficiencies, Exceeds the SB 1 Statutory Goal of $100 Million

9-12-19 Maryland DOT opens doors for small, minority, women, veteran, and disadvantaged businesses
9-6-19 SANDAG unveils spending blueprint for traffic-prone commuter corridors, vexing backers of freeway expansion
8-29-19 How to land a government construction contract- by Ben Vaught (opinion)
8-12-19 2019 West Coast Small Business Defense Contracting Summit
8-5-19 Legal Requirements for Small Businesse
7-29-19 Key $7 million allocated for new parking garage at Dublin-Pleasanton BART station
7-22-19 Jobs, Health, and Resources for Veterans
7-12-19 One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
6-30-19 Twitter Chat: How to Start or Grow a Business for Veteran Entrepreneurs
6-25-19 Federal Government AchievesSmall Business Contracting Goal for the sixth consecutive year
6-18-19 Caltrans Crews Work Hard to Reopen Tioga Pass
5-20-19 Business Matchmaking- Don't miss this event!
5-09-19 Opportunity to get involved in District 5
4-30-19 HIRE Vets Deadline
4-23-19 National Small Business week 2019
4-10-19 Testimony before the Senate committee on indian Affairs by MDBA National Director
3-28-19 Local Government Working Group To Advise MTC, ABAG on Housing Legislation
3-8-19 Caltrans to Replace Remaining X-Lite Guardrail End Terminals
2-28-19 You could register your car every other year under this plan to cut California DMV wait times
2-21-29 On the Job Apprenticeship Program
1-16-19 New lane markings brighten up California roads
1-08-19 Infrastructure projects grind to a halt during shutdown
1-03-19 Caltrans Announces New Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal
SBA to Offer Workshops on Applying for Women’s Business Center Grants

Minority Business Development Agency Aims to Increase Success of Minority-Owned Firms in Marine Aquaculture


Business Development Growth for Native American Businesses

11-09-18 Holiday Marketing Tips for Your Business
10-15-18 Presidential Proclamation on Minority Enterprise Development Week

Learn, Work, Smile at Summer Transportation Institute

09-06-18 Caltrans to Improve Safety, Mobility of Railways With Help of Grant
08-25-18 MBDA Helps Minority-Owned Businesses Turn their Dreams into Reality
08-17-18 Caltrans Accelerates Repairs on State Route 78 in San Diego County Due to SB 1 Funds
07-10-18 Nearly $97 Million Awarded to 152 Public Transportation Projects Under Cap-and-Trade Fund
07-8-18 Contractors, labor pour millions into campaign to save California gas tax hike for road repairs
06-25-18 Epiroc Launches Marketplace Website for Quality Used Equipment
06-19-18 SBA Administrator McMahon’s Statement on Association Health Plans
06-12-18 Construction Industry Women Seek Strategies, Allies To Boost Impact
06-4-18 Senate Bill 1 Workshops for Planning Grants








AC Transit: Brooklyn Moore-Green
Associate Management Analyst
(Contracts Compliance)
(510) 891-7231 or

Alameda CTC: E.W. Cheng  
Senior Administrative Analyst
(510) 208-7400 or

BART: Alma Basurto
Principal Administrative Analyst
 (510) 464-6388 or

CA High-Speed Rail: Catrina Blair
Small Business Advocate 
(916) 669-6550 or

City of Santa Rosa: Yuri Koslen
Transit Planner
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GGBHTD: Artemise Davenport
DBE Program Administrator
(415) 257-4581 or

LAVTA: Tamara Edwards
 Director of Finance
(925) 455-7566 or

Marin Transit: Amy Van Doren
 Director of Policy & Legislative Programs
 (415) 226-0859 or

MTC: Luz Campos
Purchasing Procurement Specialist
(415) 778-5390 or

NVTA: Antonio Onorato
Director of Administration, Finance, & Policy
(707) 259-8779 or

SamTrans/Caltrain: Cannon Han
Title VI Administrator
(650) 622-7864 or

SCMTD: Erron Alvey
Purchasing Manager
(831) 420-2570 or

SFCTA/TIMMA: Steve Stamos 
Management Analyst 
(415) 522-4817 or

SFMTA: Sheila Evans-Peguese
Senior Contract Compliance Officer
(415) 701-4436 or

SMART: Erin McGrath
Chief Financial Officer
(707) 794-3320 or

SolTrans: Dennis Ybarra
DBE Liaison Officer
(707) 736-6984 or

TJPA: Dennis Turchon
Senior Construction Manager
(415) 597-4613 or

 VTA: Liz Brazil
OSDB Manager
(408) 321-5874 or

WETA: Lauren Gularte
Program Manager/Analyst
(415) 364-3188 or

WestCAT: Rob Thompson
Assistant General Manager
(510) 724-3331 or