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Business Outreach Program Overview

Building Opportunities for Business (BOB) is a program of the Alameda County Public Works Agency (ACPWA) that works to promote economic growth, local employment and business development within Alameda County through maximizing public contracting opportunities to local businesses. We encourage the participation of small and local contractors, consultants, and vendor businesses by ensuring non-discrimination through outreach, education, and technical assistance.

Construction Services:

  • Public Works Agency construction contracts projects over $25,000, including:
    • Road/Bridge Improvements
    • Flood Control Improvements
  • Federally funded construction contracts valued over $100,000 have an annual subcontracting goal of 20% State-certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). ACPWA advertises construction contracts and bid deadlines in the Inter-City Express. Announcements are also sent to building exchanges and minority associations.
  • Only DBE firms which are certified and recognized as such by the State of California Unified Certification Program can be counted towards the DBE goal.
  • ACPWA advertises construction contracts and bid deadlines in the Inter-City Express. Announcements are also sent to building exchanges, chambers of commerce, and minority associations.

If you need information on how to be certified by the State of California as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise or a Small Local Business Enterprise contact either:

  • Caltrans Civil Rights Business Enterprise Program (866) 810-6346
  • Alameda County General Services Agency (510) 208-9717

If you need more information about the Public Works contracting process, please call Moses de los Reyes, MPA, Contract Compliance at (510) 670-5243. For questions regarding business outreach and Public Works business outreach events, please call Lupe Serrano at (510) 670-5993.

We encourage you to visit the websites below for more information on contracting opportunities.

  1. GSA Purchasing
  2. Small Local Emerging Business (SLEB) Program
  3. Contractor Bonding Assistance Program


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