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The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) receives federal financial assistance from United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the SGVCOG complies with Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26. It is the policy of the SGVCOG to ensure that certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms (as defined in 49 CFR Part 26) have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in U.S. DOT-assisted contracts.

The SGVCOG, as a subrecipient of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and in conformance with Title 49 CFR., Part 26 and directives and guidance issued by Caltrans, dated June 29, 2012, is required to implement the "New Race-Conscious DBE Program", which requires the establishment of contract DBE goals for all federally-assisted projects to include all DBE groups (i.e. African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans, Women, Hispanic Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and any other groups whose members are certified as socially and economically disadvantaged).


  • To access the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP), Caltrans DBE database, please visit the Caltrans, Civil Rights, Office of Business & Economic Opportunity website:

  • For further information on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the following website:

  • For information on how to become DBE certified and to obtain a DBE application, please visit the following

  • For DBE certification assistance contact the Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity Certification Unit at (916) 324-1700 or via email

  • For technical assistance regarding bonding, exploratory funding, financial packaging, Contract Negotiations, rebranding and market identification, etc., please contact the California Small Business Development Center (CA SBDC) Los Angeles Network by visiting the following website: Select the "Locations" tab and enter your zip code for a listing of nearby SBDC's.

  • For assistance with electronic media business development due to emerging technology, please participate in the many workshops, webinars, and one-to-one counseling offered through SCORE by visiting their website at

  • " The Capital Projects and Construction Committee encourages the participation of Small Business on Caltrans professional architectural and engineering (A & E) contracts through the District 7, 8 and 12 Calmentor - Mentor Protégé Program, which was created from a partnership between Caltrans and the private consulting industry to promote and increase participation of Small Business. For more information please visit:

The SGVCOG continues to strongly encourage the participation of all DBE firms and Small Businesses on ACE Project's DOT-assisted contracts. For additional information, please contact Memo Ponce, Contracts Manager at (626) 962-9292.

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