CalPERS is committed to increasing contract opportunities with California's SB & DVBE firms.

A 5 percent bid preference is given to:

  • Prime vendors who subcontract with a small and/or micro business
  • Small businesses and micro businesses

A 1 to 5 percent bid incentive is given to:

  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises
  • Prime vendors who subcontract with a DVBE vendor for 3 percent or more of the total contract amount

Visit the Department of General Services to learn how to get certified.

Contact the CalPERS SB & DVBE Advocate

The CalPERS advocate provides advocacy, outreach, and help with certification and finding a subcontractor.

SB & DVBE Advocate
400 Q Street, Lincoln Plaza West
Sacramento, CA 95811


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