DVBE Program

The State of California acknowledges the service and sacrifice of its disabled veterans, in part, through the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Participation Program. With the DVBE program, state agencies have a goal to award at least 3% of their annual contract dollars to certified DVBEs.

Vendors are responsible for understanding the DVBE requirements included in a bid or proposal solicitation package. For more information, review the DVBE Resource Packet.

What is a DVBE?

Disabled Veteran

The law defines a disabled veteran as a United States military, naval or air service veteran with a service related disability of at least 10% and who is a resident of the State of California.

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)

A certified DVBE is a business currently certified by Small Business and DVBE Services.

To receive DVBE certification, a business must:

  • Be at least 51% owned by one or more disabled veterans.
  • Have its daily business operations managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans. The disabled veterans who exercise management and control are not required to be the same disabled veterans who own the business.
  • Have its home office located in the United States. The home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign-based business.

My company is not a DVBE. Can I skip this part of the bid solicitation package?

No. DVBE Program requirements are applicable to all bidders.

When DVBE requirements are included in the solicitation package, any bids or proposals that have not met the DVBE requirement are considered non-responsive. Non-responsive bids/proposals are ineligible for award of state contracts.

What options do I have in responding to the DVBE requirement?

There are only 4 acceptable responses to the DVBE requirement in a Request for Bid (RFB) or Request for Proposal (RFP):

  1. My company qualifies as a DVBE.
    • This means the bidder is a DVBE and committed to performing not less than 3% of the contract dollar amount with its own forces or in combination with those of other DVBEs.
  2. My company does not qualify as a DVBE, but one or more of our subcontractors does qualify as a DVBE.
    • This means that the bidder is not a DVBE, but is committed to use DVBEs for not less than 3% of the contract dollar amount.
  3. My company does not qualify as a DVBE, but we have made a Good Faith Effort to hire DVBE subcontractors.
    • This means that all of the steps outlined under Good Faith Effort have been performed prior to the final bid due date.
  4. My company does not qualify as a DVBE, but we have a DVBE Utilization Plan.
    • State law permits bidders bidding on contracts for materials, supplies or equipment to submit an approved DVBE Utilization Plan.

My company qualifies as a DVBE. What documentation is required in my bid?

If your company qualifies as a DVBE, apply for certification at Online Certification.

SJSU will require you to provide proof of certification by completing the following forms:

I have a subcontractor who qualifies as a DVBE. What documentation is required in my bid?

If your company is using DVBE subcontractor(s), SJSU will require you to provide proof of your subcontractors certification by Small Business and DVBE Services by completing the following forms:

For more information, visit Compliance Option A: Finding a DVBE.

I have chosen to make a Good Faith Effort to hire DVBE subcontractors. What steps do I need to take?

If your company has made a Good Faith Effort to hire DVBE Subcontractors, SJSU will require you to document your efforts and complete the following form:

For more information, see Compliance Option B: The Good faith Effort.

Is there anyone who can help me find DVBE subcontractors?

If you are interested partnering with a DVBE company or working on a DVBE Good Faith Effort, the following resources are available to help you find DVBEs:

How do I invite DVBE companies to participate in a bid with me?

Invite potential DVBE subcontractors to participate by supplying them with all the information they need to bid to you, such as:

  • The service or product available for bid.
  • The geographic area where the work will take place, if applicable.
  • The awarding department.
  • The due date for bids.
  • Your contact information.
  • Any other information needed to bid.

The method you use for contacting DVBEs is up to you, but be sure that you give each DVBE the same information and instructions. You should document the efforts you make in seeking a DVBE.

Where can I advertise for a DVBE subcontractor?

For a list of approved trade and DVBE focus papers that you can advertise in, see:

I have chosen to write a DVBE Utilization Plan. What needs to be included in the plan?

If your company has a DVBE Utilization Plan, SJSU will require you to have your plan approved by the State Department of General Services Procurement Division and complete:

For more information, see DVBE Business Utilization Plan.

Where can I get more information about the DVBE program?

Visit About the DVBE Participation Program.