The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. This is an online webinar. There is no cost for the workshop. View the event flyer here. Registration link and meeting information in the flyer.
Businesses participating in the workshop will receive important information on how to become certified through Caltrans or Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), as well as eligibility requirements and definitions under the DBE scope. Topics covered will include an AVTA and SBDC Resource Overview, Upcoming Procurement and Contracting Opportunities, DBE Certification Overview and Best Practices from Previously Awarded Contracts. Attendees can also register to become an AVTA vendor, and receive advance notification of upcoming opportunities to bid on contracts.
"AVTA is committed to increasing participation with our local small businesses," said AVTA CEO Martin Tompkins. “Although our compliance in the DBE program is mandated by the federal government, we are happy to do so because we believe it is the right thing to do.”
The DBE program ensures nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Department of Transportation (DOT) assisted contracts in highway, transit, and airport programs, and creates a level playing field on which DBE’s can compete fairly. In general, to be eligible for the DBE program, persons must own 51% or more of a "small business," establish that they are socially and economically disadvantaged within the meaning of DOT regulations, and prove they control their business. Other factors that determine eligibility are business size, personal net worth, and independence of the business from other firms.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. This is an online webinar. There is no cost for the workshop. Anyone interested in attending may register online at www.avta.com. For more information, please contact AVTA Contract Administrator, Francynn Tobar at 661.729.2208.