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Small Business Program Overview

Small Business Program Overview

Small Business Program

Small Business Program

Small Business Program

THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Small businesses are an essential part of numerous Caltrans projects — including the seismic retrofit of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as well as the Antioch and Dumbarton bridges. The Small Business Program helps small business owners and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) learn about the contract opportunities available and how to get involved. The program offers:

■ Contractor technical assistance
■ No-cost training
■ Business practices support
■ Contractor outreach events
■ Identification of small business opportunities
■ Putting small business in touch with prime contractors
■ Small Business/DVBE certification support services

Information on this website includes how to find local and statewide contract opportunities, where to meet and interact with prime contractors and other small business owners, past and upcoming educational and training courses, and other relevant information.
■ Small Business Program Fact Sheet
■ Frequently Asked Questions

BE A PART OF THE HISTORY!

As of June 30, 2013, the Toll Bridge Small Business Program has documented payments of $259M to more than 330 individual Small Businesses, Disable Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) on Seismic Safety Projects on the Antioch, Dumbarton and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges. Of this total, $227M has been paid to Small Business and DVBE firms.

In regard to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Project, $252M has been paid to Small Businesses, DVBE and DBEs (10 construction contracts), with $198M paid to local firms (78% local participation). Regarding the dollars paid to local firms, $173M has been paid to local Small Business and DVBE firms (excluding payments to DBEs).

Click here to view the Small Business Utilization Summary Table from the Toll Bridge Small Business Program Small Business and DVBE Utilization Report (July 2013). The table shows the list of toll bridge construction contracts included in the report, with completion dates, and the Small Business, DVBE and DBE utilization for each construction contract. The table also includes information on dollars committed to Small Businesses, DVBEs and DBEs on active construction contracts.

GET STARTED!

STEP ONE: Get Certified
Make sure you are currently registered as a small business or disabled veteran business enterprise.
■ Check your certification status at the Dept. of General Services website
■ Small Business Certification Overview
■ DVBE Certification Overview

STEP TWO: Get the status of current contract opportunities
■ Caltrans District 4 (Bay Area) construction contract opportunities
■ Caltrans Architectural & Engineering contract opportunities

STEP THREE: Advertise your services to prime contractors
■ Caltrans Connect/Opt-In

STEP FOUR: Get Technical Assistance
■ Capacity Building Factsheet
■ Contact us for on-site technical assistance

STEP FIVE: Get Project Updates
■ See how other Small Businesses are participating in the program

THE ANTIOCH AND DUMBARTON BRIDGES

The Antioch and Dumbarton bridges are now part of the Toll Bridge Program. The Small Business Program will be participating in these projects as well.
■ Antioch Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project Information
■ Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project Information

Contact us at (510) 286-0974 or at [email protected]

Contract Opportunities


CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

The Small Business Program works closely with prime contractors during construction of the Bay Bridge’s new East Span to help secure opportunities for small businesses and DVBEs to participate in this historic project. Small businesses and DVBEs have already proven to be invaluable to the seismic retrofit of the Bay Bridge, providing a wide variety of construction, transportation and related services, including embankment construction, roadway excavation and erosion control. For a complete list of the scope of work performed by small businesses, please review the Small Business Contract Opportunities Fact Sheet.

During construction, the Small Business Program works directly with prime contractors and Caltrans construction staff to identify contract opportunities for certified small businesses. Based on specific needs, the Program facilitates the identification of certified small businesses and the matching of these businesses with prime contractors.

The Program also provides support for retrofit projects on the Antioch and Dumbarton Bridges.

TYPES OF CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

 

  • Barrier Rail
  • Blasting Services
  • Building Materials & Supplies
  • Catering/Caterer
  • Channelizers, Striping and Pavement Markers
  • Clearing, Grubbing & Sweeping Services
  • Concrete & Concrete Services
  • Construction Area Signs
  • Construction Staking
  • Construction Tools/Supplies/Equipment
  • Demolition Services
  • Digital Photography
  • Diving Services
  • Document Control/Management System
  • Drainage Systems
  • Electrical
  • Environmental Services
  • Equipment Rental/Supply
  • Erosion Control
  • Fencing
  • Gas/Fuel
  • Hauling, General
  • Hazardous Waste Removal
  • Janitorial & Cleaning Services
  • Locksmith
  • Machinery/Tool Repair
  • Marine Access and Services (Boat and Tugboat Services)
  • Modular Buildings/Office Space
  • Office Furniture/Supplies
  • Pipe (Steel, Plastic)
  • Portable Toilet Service
  • Printer Service and Supplies
  • Professional Services
  • Roadway Excavation
  • Safety Equipment (Personal Protection) and Services
  • Saw Cutting & Coring
  • Scheduling
  • Security Personnel, Cameras & Networks
  • Sign Structures
  • Slope Stabilization
  • Sound Vibration Monitoring
  • Survey Services & Supplies
  • Testing & Inspections (QA/QC, Welding)
  • Traffic Control Services & Devices
  • Tree Trimming
  • Trucking Services
  • Video Equipment and Service
  • Welding Supplies

 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/RELATED LINKS

Contact us at (510) 286-0974 or at [email protected]

Small Business Program

 
Original East Span

SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM OUTREACH

The Small Business Program provides opportunities for small businesses to meet with prime contractors and their peers. In 2007, the program launched a proactive outreach effort to increase small business and Disbabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DBVE) participation in construction contracts, with particular focus on the Bay Bridge's new East Span.

The program offers events and other opportunities for small business and DVBE owners to interact and network with other contractors. Such events are part of the program’s efforts to match prime contractors with small business partners. 

For these events, small businesses and DVBEs are encouraged to bring marketing materials, qualification information, client references and other useful information to better position themselves for potential contract opportunities.

 

BIDDERS' CONFERENCE: Yerba Buena Island Transition Structure, Contract 2

June 14, 2012

The Bidders' Conference for the Yerba Buena Island Transition Structure, Contact 2 (YBITS 2) provided contract information to prospective bidders and facilitated meetings between potential prime contractors and small businesses. 


Oakland Touchdown, Contract 2

CONTRACTOR OUTREACH AND BIDDERS' CONFERENCE: Oakland Touchdown, Contract 2 
December 8, 2011

The conference addressed the scope of work for the Oakland Touchdown, Contract 2 (OTD 2) work. The OTD2 contract includes construction of the remaining portion of the Bay Bridge's eastbound deck, access roads, a parking lot, a bike path and landscaping.

This contract will also complete the westbound and eastbound approaches, resulting in the final traffic configurations. The new approaches will introduce westbound drivers to the new East Span as it carries traffic from the I-80 approaches to the side-by-side decks of the Bay Bridge.

New Caltrans maintenance access roads will be constructed in order to serve the new Toll Administration and Maintenance Buildings. A new parking lot, located at the foot of the bridge, is one of several improvements that will facilitate public access to the new bridge and public areas.

Work under this contract will also include the construction of an electrical duct bank; the installation of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), call boxes, traffic operations, strong motion detection systems, replacement of existing high mast lighting and other electrical work needed for the new and existing interstate facilities.

Construction will also include the completion of a bicycle/pedestrian path along the south side of the Bay Bridge's new East Span. The bicycle/pedestrian path's landing is designed as a gathering place for bicyclists and pedestrians and the point of entry to the path. From this location bicyclists and pedestrians can travel west toward Yerba Buena Island or east to connect to the Bay Trail in Emeryville and Oakland.

The landscaping project  will improve the appearance of the newly built approaches and public areas surrounding the new East Span and will also minimize the impacts of noise, storm water runoff and soil erosion.

OTD2 CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

 


OUTREACH EVENTS ARCHIVE

ANTIOCH BRIDGE SEISMIC RETROFIT EVENT
February 11, 2010
Project/event information

DUMBARTON BRIDGE SEISMIC RETROFIT EVENT
May 6, 2010
Project/event information

YERBA BUENA ISLAND TRANSITION STRUCTURE
CONTRACT #1, SECOND EVENT

April 23, 2009

YERBA BUENA ISLAND TRANSITION STRUCTURE
CONTRACT #1, FIRST EVENT

September 18, 2008

The Small Business Program welcomes feedback, so please share ideas and comments.  

Contact the Small Business Program at (510) 286-0974 or [email protected]


Education & Training


EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The Small Business Program includes producing events and collateral materials, designed to educate prospective businesses about the Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects and to help identify valuable resources and provide opportunities to help small businesses grow and thrive.

Professional development and technical assistance courses, held in both San Francisco and Oakland, are lead by industry experts/ These free workshops delve into a variety of relevant topics to provide real-world knowledge and insight to small businesses gain a competitive edge.

Workshops topics have included Bonding and Insurance, Bidding and Estimating, Doing Business with Caltrans, Subcontractor Essentials, and the Caltrans Owner Controlled Insurance Program.

Future workshops will also provide technical assistance, including Capacity Building. Capacity Building is a comprehensive effort to provide small businesses with the assistance needed to increase their business management skills, long-term viability and success on public projects.

Have an idea for a useful workshop topic? Let us hear from you! Contact us at [email protected].
Downloadable Documents:
■ Capacity Building Factsheet
■ Small Business Education and Training Program Overview
■ 2007 Small Business Survey
■ 2008 Small Business Post Award Survey

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

COST ESTIMATING, BIDDING AND COST CONTROLS - PART 1
Presented November 3, 2011
Course Documents:
■ Cost Estimating, Bidding and Cost Controls - Part 1 - Training Presentation
■ Attendee List

COST ESTIMATING, BIDDING AND COST CONTROLS - PART 2
Presented November 10, 2011
Course Documents:
■ Cost Estimating, Bidding and Cost Controls - Part 2 Training Presentation
■ Attendee List

BIDDING AND ESTIMATING - PART 1
Presented August 12, 2010
Course Documents:
■ Bidding and Estimating – Part 1 Training Presentation

BIDDING AND ESTIMATING - PART 2
Presented September 16, 2010
Course Documents:
■ Bidding and Estimating – Part 2 Training Presentation

HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH CALTRANS /
CALTRANS OPT-IN WORKSHOP

Presented July 29, 2010
Course Documents:
■ How to do Business with Caltrans
■ Caltrans Opt-In Presentation

COST ESTIMATING, BIDDING AND COST CONTROL
October 29, 2009 and Dec 16, 2009
Course Documents:
■ Cost Estimating, Bidding and Cost Control

SUBCONTRACTOR ESSENTIALS, PART 1
Presented May 28, 2009
Course Documents:
■ Subcontractor Essentials, Part 1 Syllabus

SUBCONTRACTOR ESSENTIALS, PART 2
Presented June 11, 2009
Course Documents:
■ Subcontractor Essentials, Part 2 Syllabus
■ Caltrans Standard Specifications and Caltrans Standard Plans
■ California Department of Industrial Relations
■ Occupational Health and Safety Administration
■ Caltrans Construction Manual
■ Caltrans Quick Reference Guide

BONDING AND INSURANCE
Presented November 15, 2007
Course Documents:
■ Caltrans Insurance Req_Standard Specs
■ Bonding & Insurance Presentation

CALTRANS OWNER-CONTROLLED INSURANCE PROGRAM (OCIP)
Presented December 5, 2007
Course Documents:
■ OCIP Manual
■ Oakland Touchdown 1 OCIP Specifications
■ Caltrans District 4 OCIP Presentation

Contact us at (510) 286-0974 or at [email protected]

 

Small Business Success Stories

SUCCESS STORIES

The vision of the Toll Bridge Small Business Program was to create an integrated Program, to benefit local and minority small businesses, based on public and private sector partnerships. The effort to develop and implement the Program reflects the scope, scale and effort needed to construct a world-class bridge.

SMALL BUSINESSES ARE
MAKING HISTORY!

The contributions of small businesses and DVBEs for a project of this size and type are also historic, and this new web page, in development, will highlight the participation of small businesses and DVBEs. As we celebrate the construction and completion of the new and historic SFOBB east span, the experiences and contributions of small, local and minority businesses will be shared through the eyes of prime contractors, and small business and DVBE business owners.

Contact us at (510) 286-0974 or at [email protected]

Partnerships & Resources


BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO SUCCESS

An essential element of the Small Business Program is forging partnerships with businesses, agencies and community-based organizations that support individual, small business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) growth and development.

The vision was to create an integrated Small Business Program, to benefit local and minority small businesses, based on public and private sector partnerships. Building partnerships is the critical step in obtaining significant small business and DVBE participation during construction on the Bay Area Toll Bridges; the key element of partnerships is building relationships to promote access, foster growth, and facilitate the transfer of technology.

This approach provides bidders, small businesses and DVBE contractors, vendors, suppliers and individuals in the skilled trades with resources to meet these important objectives while advancing participation on the Toll Bridge projects.

The effort to develop and implement the Program reflects the scope, scale and effort needed to construct a world-class bridge. The expertise of Program staff, the voluntary compliance by the prime contractors and the fact that the Program works as an extension of the prime contractor to alleviate impacts to their resources have been the most important factors in the successful participation of small businesses and DVBEs during construction. There has been a very positive response by small businesses, DVBEs and their advocates to the Program achievements.

Some additional facts:
• Small Businesses and DVBEs are performing essential elements of bridge construction
• The Program has established a strategic partnering model that is unique to capital construction projects and this structure is producing results
• Prime contractor involvement with subcontractor training is essential to success of small businesses
• The SBP works actively with prime contractor as a partnership to identify unobligated work in order to maximize small business and DVBE subcontracting opportunities

RESOURCES

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center works with Caltrans to help disadvantaged and small business construction and professional services firms, providing free or low-cost training and free one-on-one counseling to improve success in winning and performance on public works contracts.

City Build is an employment service program under the Workforce Development Division of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, which provides workforce training and job referral services to San Francisco residents interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry and assists contractors working on City Construction Projects with their local hiring obligations.

Cypress Mandela Training Center, located in Oakland, is a workforce development program, providing skilled trades training to men and women.

Oakland Private Industry Council provides accessible, high quality training and employment services to local residents and employers.

The Department of General Services – Procurement Division, Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) is the State's certifying agency that administers the Small Business and DVBE Certification Programs. Non-profit organizations and non-profit Veteran Service Associations receive registration upon application approval. In addition, the OSDS' Communications & Outreach section assists Small and Disabled Veteran businesses by participating in outreach events, providing resource guidance and supporting the businesses through advocacy.

State of California Procurement Division (PD) is the central purchasing authority for all California State departments, agencies, institutions, community colleges, technical institutes and boards of education. Each year the agency procures almost $10 billion of goods and services ranging from pencils to temporary labor.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Contact us at (510) 286-0974 or at [email protected]