Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) posted its 2016 Disparity Study on the Office of Business & Economic Opportunity website (  This Disparity Study assists Caltrans with implementation of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program by examining the availability and utilization of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in California’s transportation contracting industry.  The study examines whether there are disparities between utilization of minority-owned/women-owned businesses and what might be expected based on their availability for transportation contracts.


The base figure for the relative availability of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in the 2016 Disparity Study is 17.6 percent.  Caltrans will be collecting and examining evidence to determine if any adjustments may be needed.  Caltrans is required to make aggressive efforts to increase access and opportunities for small business, disadvantaged business enterprises, and disabled veteran business enterprises in all Caltrans projects and procurements.


Caltrans would like your comments on the study and the available options for setting Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Caltrans District 9 office, 500 S. Main Street, Bishop, CA in the Mt. Tom room.


If you are not able to attend this public meeting, you can forward any written comments to Mario Solis, Office of Business and Economic Opportunity, at, by 5:00 p.m. June 29, 2018.


If you have any questions about the 2016 Disparity Study or if you would like to learn how to become a certified small business, a disadvantaged business enterprise, or a disabled veteran business enterprise, contact Caltrans District 9 Small Business Liaison Jessica Klemencic at 760-872-0777.


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