Small Business Program

The California High-Speed Rail Authority launched the new and improved website dashboard feature below. It accurately tracks minority-owned small business participation on the high-speed rail project.

In addition to program goals and small business participation displays, the dashboard now also features an array of new user-friendly visual and graphical data, including breakdowns of minority-owned small businesses working on the high-speed rail program and total dollars expended to date. The dashboard will be regularly updated to reflect the latest publicly available information.

Program Goals for small business participation

30% small business particpation goal comprising 10% disadvantaged business enterprises and 3% disabled veteran business enterprises

Small Business Participation (as of February 28, 2021)

Minority-Owned Businesses (October 2020)

Big goals for small business

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).

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Happening Now

The Small Business Team posts payments prime contractors receive for work performed on the high-speed rail project. Prime contractors include:

  • Design-build teams, who are constructing the first 119 miles of high-speed rail in the Central Valley
  • Project and Construction Management (PCM) teams for Central Valley construction packages
  • WSP USA, Inc., our Rail Delivery Partner
  • Regional Consultants, who help the Authority with environmental work required for compliance with the Californi Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act; and preliminary engineering documents required for procurement

Prime contractor payments are updated every month. View the PDF here.


The Small Business Team has developed a tool for assisting small business owners, called the Small Business Escalation Form. The online comment form provides small businesses a convenient way to call attention to issues or concerns. Submittals will be sent directly to our Small Business Advocate.

The Small Business Escalation Form can help facilitate the following:

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

Small Business Newsletter

Rick Brown, PhD, Owner, TerraVerde Energy

It’s been a great experience for us. When we were first brought in, there was not a lot of internal knowledge about solar. We created an electricity usage model for the system. Now, with [the Authority’s] staff and other consultants, we’ve built something that the system could use for its life.

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Lorrie Griswold, Owner, Lasar Underground Construction

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, our quality of work, and getting the job done correctly the first time, every time.

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Gina Markos, President, Bubba’s Water Truck Service

What sets us apart is our employees. We have a really good crew of people who take pride in doing their job the best that it can be done.

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Mike Dean, CEO, Dean’s Certified Welding Inc.

If you do what you say you’re going to do, and you do a good job, you can’t hardly fail. It’s really been kind of a fairy-tale story.

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Brian Ross, Owner, Ross Infrastructure Development LLC

Ross Infrastructure is my primary business. It’s difficult to manage the current clients versus the opportunities with a start-up like InfraShares. On a day-by-day basis, I have to sit down each morning and prioritize what I’m going to get done.

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Erik Holguin, Owner, EM Link International

When the call came to go out, we were ready to execute our orders.

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Joe Valverde, Owner, Valverde Construction, Inc.

High-speed rail has helped us expand. We have nearly two-and-a-half times the staff because of the project—163 employees total today.

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Read more about these and other small businesses working on California’s HSR Program in the latest issue of our Small Business Newsletter, Investing in California’s Small Businesses.


The Small Business Policy Directive ensures the Small Business Program is flexible, attainable, efficient and credible.

Business Advisory Council

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is continually seeking new and innovative approaches to improve its policies and procedures to eliminate any barriers and increase small business utilization. Learn about the Council’s mission, guidelines and membership and see the 2019 meeting schedule.

Info Center

Find newsletters, utilization reports, partner information and other resources in the Info Center.


Small Business Program
(916) 431-2930

Small Business Advocate
(916) 669-6560

Do you have a small business issue or concern?
Submit your concern online by using the Small Business Escalation Form.

Business Advisory Council
(916) 431-2930

Contracts Office
(916) 324-1541

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