FAQ

What are the objectives of the DBE Supportive Services Program?

The DBE Supportive Services Program is designed to provide training and assistance to disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) with the objective of enabling them to become self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on federally assisted highway projects.

What services are covered by the DBE Supportive Services Program?

The program provides DBEs and potential DBEs in highway construction and professional services with innovative technical assistance, training, and information about networking opportunities. The Program also provides the DBE Advantage, a comprehensive business development program that offers business plan development, one-on-one technical assistance, and bid matching to selected DBE firms.

Are there any fees or costs for these services?

There is no charge for these services as long as your firm meets eligibility requirements.

If you qualify as a DBE firm, but have not yet gone through the certification process, you are still eligible to participate in the program. In general, a DBE is a for profit business that is controlled by and 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) within the meaning of DOT regulations. Please click the link below to view general guidelines from applicable regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 26, that will help business owners determine whether they qualify as a DBE: https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/eligibilty.

Who can participate in the Program?

The program is open to all highway construction and professional services certified and potential DBE firms in Southern California. This includes DBE firms located in Caltrans Districts in the Southern Region7, 8, 11 and 12.

How can I participate in the services offered by the Program?

Training services are offered through both live, instructor-led courses and through real time, web-based courses. Technical assistance is offered through either an “Ask the Expert” feature on the DBE Supportive Services Program web page, or directly through Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) via phone, email, or in-person meetings. The DBE Advantage program provides one-on-one consulting, and technical assistance, and bid matching for a minimum of 6-months. Take advantage of innovative training courses, hands-on technical assistance, and information regarding contracting opportunities. You can find out more about the Program by visiting the DBE Supportive Services website at http://www.dbe-advantage.com or emailing dbesupport@dbe-advantage.com.

Why is this program available?

Caltrans receives federal funding for its highway construction and professional services contracts from the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Caltrans has established a DBE Program and is committed to implementing the requirements of that program as identified in 49 CFR Part 26. The FHWA has provided funds to Caltrans to provide highway construction and professional services certified DBEs and potential DBEs business development related services, including training and technical assistance.