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Building a Future That Works “Increasing Access and Opportunity” for people with disabilities


EIDL Portal Reopened! The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application portal is now OPEN TO ALL eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19


Resilient and strong, small businesses take center stage this week


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
(707) 543-3335 or

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