A Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) is a California small business (SB) owned and operated by a United States veteran of military, naval or air service with a service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher. The State of California has a goal of setting aside at least three percent of the state’s contracting dollars each year for execution by qualified DVBEs.
The DVBE program was established in 1989 to enable veterans with disabilities to compete more effectively for public contracts in California. In part, it was California’s way of saying “thank you” to the sacrifices veterans made during their time of service to our country. This was also a means of injecting the veteran mindset into the execution of public projects: work hard and never fail. It was also a way of leveraging the enormous body of unique and highly technical knowledge veterans received through military training and experience received on the job.
Gunther Kastenholz is a certified California DVBE, Small Business (Micro) and Small Business for Public Works entity.
You can search for more DVBEs by visiting the California State Government Marketplace and using the supplier search: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/PublicSearch/supplier-search.aspx
A SB/DVBE First Policy is one enabling an agency to use simplified procurement method to retain a SB/DVBE entity. Such a policy helps agencies meet their SB/DVBE goals by making it easy to issue a contract to a qualified SB/DVBE.
Some California departments that have SB/DVBE First Policies are listed below, with links provided to resource pages or information about how to contact SB/DVBE advocates:
- Air Resources Board
- Coastal Commission
- Community Services & Development
- Consumer Affairs
- First 5 California
- Franchise Tax Board
- Gambling Control Commission
- General Services
- Health Care Services
- Highway Patrol
- Inspector General
- Public Health
- Public Utilities Commission
- Student Aid Commission
- Water Resources Control Board
- Veterans Affairs
More government agency websites (state and local) containing DVBE resources:
- CA DGS SB/DVBE Best Practices
- California Lottery
- University of California
- California State Universities
- Community College Districts
- School Districts