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California (CA)
 
 
Preference                     
Conditions                                                                                           

Tie-Bids

"In the case of the bid between a Small Business (SB) and a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), the award goes to the DVBE.

 
5%
 
Small Business
 
(SB) (GC) 14838) Goods, Services, Construction and IT
 
5% of the lowest responsive, responsible, non-small business's net bid price when certified SB is not the lowest bidder.
 
The maximum preference is $50,000 and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000.  
 
 
Up to 5%

Non-Small Business Subcontractor Preference

(GC 14838) Goods, Services, Construction and IT

Up to 5% lowest responsive, responsible, non-small business net bid price that is not subcontracting with a SB when SB is not the lowest bidder.

The maximum preference is $50,000 and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000. Applies to bids submitted by non-small business that are subcontracting with at least 25% to a certified SB. Applies unless application of the preference would preclude a SB from winning the contract.
 
 
5% of the lowest virgin net bid price.

Recycled Tires

(PRC 42891-42894), Goods

Applies unless application of the preference would preclude a SB from winning the contract. The maximum preference is $50,000, and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000.00.
 
5%
 
Target Area Contract Preference Act (TACPA)
 
(GC 4533ct seq.).
 
5% of the lowest responsive, responsible net bid price for worksite in distressed area; an additional 1%-4% for hiring high risk unemployed people as a percentage of workforce during contract performance using scale below:
 
1% for 5-9%
2% for 10-14%
3% for 15-19%
4% for 20 or more
 
Applies to Goods and Services contracts over $100,000 if the work site is located in a distressed area as designated by the Department of Finance. TACPA allows awarding to California based companies the bid preference when 50% of the labor hours required to perform Goods contracts or 90% for Services contracts is performed in a distressed area. The maximum preference is $50,000, and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot not exceed 15% of the net bid price or $100,000, whichever is lower. The hiring preference is allowed only if the worksite preference is claimed and the bidder is eligible for it. The worksite preference does not apply if the state specifies the worksite where the work is to be completed. To receive a contract award based on preferences, the company must certify under penalty of perjury that the required contract labor shall be accomplished at the approved worksite.
 

Enterprise Zone Act 

 
 -- Assembly Bill 93 repealed the EZA program --
 
 

Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area Act

 -- Assembly Bill 93 repealed the LAMBRA Program --

 

SB and DVBE Certification

The Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDSE)

OSDC further promotes small business and/or disabled veteran business enterprise participation by administering the Reciprocity Program. The Program's intent is to build partnerships with cities, counties and special districts throughout California in accepting the state's small business and/or disabled veteran business enterprise certification. The reciprocity process allows the business to go through only one certification procedure while having their certification valid with both the state and the participating agency. The certified business is able to optimize the benefits that both certification programs offer. If you have questions, contact the Reciprocity Liaison at custserv@dgs.ca.gov or call (916) 375-4940.