Small Business(SBs) Benefits

8(a) SDB Certifications

FAR Regulations

GSA Federal Supply Schedule

HUBZone Certifications

Patriot Express Loan Programs

State SDB Certifications

Security Clearances

Subcontracting Opportunities

Veteran & Military Programs

Women Entrepreneur Programs

Certified small business (SBs) are entitled to the following benefits:

  • A five percent (5%) bid preference on applicable State solicitations
  • Eligible for the State’s Small Business Participation Program. This program sets a goal for the use of small businesses in at least 25% of the State’s overall annual contract dollars
  • Under the Prompt Payment Act, the State must pay a certified SB / MB higher interest penalties for late payment of an undisputed invoice.
  • State agencies may use a streamlined process, known as the SB/DVBE Option, by contracting directly with a California certified small business for goods, services, information technology and Public Works projects.
  • As an incentive, a non-small business prime contractor, who uses certified small business/microbusiness subcontractors for at least 25% of its net bid price, is eligible for a bid preference of five percent (5%) of the lowest responsible bid, when competing against another non-small business.