Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

DBE Program Manual and Goal(s)

Welcome to the Orange County Public Works’ (hereinafter referred to as “County”) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program site. This site has been developed with the objective providing assistance and outreach to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) that want to work on County contracts.

The County receives Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) federal-aid from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and as a condition of receiving such assistance has developed a DBE Program in accordance with federal regulations published under Title 49 CFR, Part 26, Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) and subsequent Guidance. 

A link to the County’s DBE Program Manual has been provided below:

The County's DBE project goal will be published on a contract-by-contract basis, in the "Notice Inviting Bids" for each Federally-funded project. To be eligible to count towards the DBE goal, DBE subcontractors must be certified with the State of California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) at the time of bid/proposal submission.

California Unified Certification Program (CUCP)

To obtain information about the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP), please click here. This website will explain what this program is about and how it can assist you with the DBE certification process

DBE Program Forms

Click on the DBE Form below to download.

Pre-Award:

Post-Award:

Project Look-Ahead

The County will post a look ahead schedule within the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Report to inform the public of upcoming projects and due dates so they will have ample time to reach out to primes and build solid partnerships to team on upcoming opportunities. A link to the most recent CIP report can be found at:

Disadvantaged Business Outreach Events and Resources

The County currently attends and will continue to attend local Small Business and DBE outreach events to connect with interested firms and provide them instrumental insight to working with the County and growing their business.  The events currently planned include:

Additionally, The Department of General Services provides information regarding outreach to Small Businesses, including DBEs as well as resources to DBEs to enable them access to classes, webinars, videos and presentations to facilitate business enhancement and success. A link to these resources can be found below:

Disadvantaged Business Bonding Assistance

The County is committed to the growth of Disadvantaged Businesses within the County’s market area and regularly communicates with its subcontracting community to identify possible barriers to the growth and success of Disadvantaged Businesses. The County recognizes that a firm’s ability to obtain performance and payment bonds can pose a significant barrier to their ability to win public sector contracts and for those firms that are able to obtain bonds, being able to bond adequately may also often pose a barrier to working on public contracts.