Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
Annually, the State of California contracts billions of dollars for goods and services to ensure California's economy stays healthy, strong, and prosperous and promotes business opportunities and participation for all of its citizenry. Small businesses, including veterans, disabled veterans, and disabled veteran business enterprises are instrumental to the good health of the State's economy and a principal source of new jobs in California.
Accordingly, the State of California established the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program in 1989 under Public Contract Code 10115 to primarily help DVBEs compete more effectively for a portion of those dollars, and to promote self-reliance for California's disabled veterans by offering veterans the opportunity to gain experience in business, while sharing their expertise with the citizens of California and provide a goal of awarding 3% of all state contracts to certified DVBEs.
With the specific opportunity of at least a 3% goal of all state contracts for certified DVBEs, the creation of the program fosters further business competition and adds to a vibrant California economy. The program also facilitates the integration of disabled veterans into California's entrepreneurial economy because of their incomparable sacrifices made when they answered their Country's call, serving honorably and faithfully, protecting and keeping safe all Americans.
Entrepreneurs: While the DVBE program does NOT provide direct assistance for starting your own business, there are many resources dedicated to helping veteran owned businesses.