Small Business Program

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is committed to small businesses playing a major role in building the statewide high-speed rail project.  The Small Business Program has an aggressive 30 percent goal for small business participation including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) and Micro-Businesses (MB).

The program’s 30 percent small business participation goal for contracts let by the Authority includes:

  • 10 percent DBE participation goal
  • 3 percent DVBE participation goal

The Small Business Program requires the design-build and consultant teams to develop and implement a small business performance plan to achieve the 30 percent goal.

Small Business Objectives and Plan Component

The Authority has several objectives to meet the 30 percent goal.  One of the top objectives is to ensure that the Authority creates a Small Business Program that is flexible, attainable, efficient and credible. Other objectives include a robust outreach plan, small business certification assistance, networking with potential contractors, monthly newsletter and a Business Advisory Council that makes recommendations for small businesses to participate on the project.

As part of the Small Business Program, the Authority has committed to several plan components. These include prompt payment to contractors, supportive services and assistance to small businesses to ensure that the lines of communication stay open between the Authority and our partners. The Authority will also work to ensure that clear guidelines are provided for both parties and providing a forum to express ideas and concerns.

While the Authority is not a small business certifying agency, the Authority recognizes the SB certifications from the California Department of General Services, the California Unified Certification Program, and the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Program.

What's New

This quarter the Small Business Team wants to highlight our newly developed Small Business Intake Form (Intake Form). Linked directly to our Small Business Advocate, the online Intake Form was established to provide small businesses an avenue to call attention to any issues or concerns.

In summary, the Small Business Intake Form is a method that can help facilitate the following:

  • Appeal decisions made by the Authority;
  • Investigate issues with an Authority contractor;
  • Report concerns regarding payment;
  • Escalate concerns regarding small business utilization;
  • Request general Small Business Program information and more.

You can access the Intake Form by visiting the Small Business Intake Form page, or under the ‘Contact Us’ section of the Small Business Webpage (right hand margin).




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