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

The objective for this section is to provide quarterly updates and highlight information regarding the Authority’s Small Business Program.

For the first quarter of 2019, we’d like to call attention to the Authority’s Management Memo. Page 3-Section E of the Memo provides a legal definition for “suppliers” operating under the Authority’s SB Participation Goal. Here is a summary of the definition:

“A Contractor may count toward its SB goal, 100 percent of its expenditures for materials and supplies required under the contract and obtained from a SB regular dealer or a SB manufacturer. For purposes of this section, a manufacturer is a firm that operates or maintains a factory or establishment that produces on the premises the materials and supplies obtained by the Contractor. A regular dealer is a firm that owns, operates or maintains a store, warehouse or other establishment in which the materials or supplies required for performance of the contract are bought, kept in stock and regularly sold to the public in the usual course of business.”

A link to the Management Memo in its entirety is provided below.




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