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Doing Business with NCTD

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Working with NCTD

We welcome the opportunity to work with you. Find helpful information regarding the bidding process, DBE program, advertising opportunities, and working around the rails.


Contracting Opportunities

We are committed to providing an equal opportunity for all business enterprises to participate in our procurement and contracting activities through our online bidding system.

To begin the process, visit the PlanetBids Vendor Portal for NCTD where you can register as a bidder online, search for bid requests, order and download documents, bid electronically (where applicable), and much more.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Information

It is NCTD’s policy to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 (Code of Federal Regulations), have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in Department of Transportation (DOT) assisted contracts. As of October 1, 2022, NCTD has established an overall DBE goal of 11.33% for federally-funded contracts to be awarded by NCTD.

Should you wish to receive additional information about NCTD’s DBE Program or have additional questions, please contact NCTD’s DBE Liaison Officer, Bradley Saran, at or (760) 966-6631.

Click here for more information on how to register to do business with NCTD.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
Finding California Certified DBEs and Other Small Businesses

Contractors who are looking to use DBEs as subcontractors or become DBE certified may do so by accessing the
California Unified Certification Program Certification Portal.

Prime contractors who are looking to use other California certified small businesses, such as a Minority-Owned Business (MBE), Women-Owned Business (WBE), Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Owned Business (LGBT), Small Business (SB), or Disabled Veteran Business (DVBE) may do so by searching the
Cal eProcure Small Business/ Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Database.

Financial Services for Contractors

NCTD highly encourages contractors to use minority and women-owned banks when seeking financial services. A list of minority and women-owned financial institutions can be found here.

Helpful Business Links

The Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity

The Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity provides businesses with resources and materials to assist them in becoming a certified firm, finding advertised contracts, working with Caltrans, upcoming events, and more.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also provides resources and materials to help aspiring and current small business owners help with loans, investment capital, bonds, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses.


California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA)

The California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) connects California’s small business community with critical resources available through state funded small business technical assistance programs and other state resources.

Event Calendar

The calendar below posts up-to-date information on events that will either be hosted or attended by NCTD. If you wish to attend an event, please follow the identified instructions for each event.

  • SBDC: Connecting with Contracts - Celebrating Women in Business Month
    Registration Website:
  • SBDC: Connecting with Contracts - Celebrating National Veterans and Military Families Month
    Registration Website:
  • SBDC: Meet the Lenders
    Registration Website:
  • SBDC: Meet the Lenders
    Registration Website:

Provisions for
Purchase Orders

Seller is required to adhere to NCTD’s Terms and Conditions.

Special Conditions
Federal procurements must comply with all applicable federal contract provisions as established by various laws and regulations. The requirements for the provisions will vary depending on the type and size of the procurement action. Application of a certain provision also depends on established contract dollar thresholds and whether the contract is for construction or for another purpose, click below to view the:

GM Policy #8 – Standard of Conduct Policy and Procedure (PDF)