Paving the Road to Success through Trials and Failures
Starting and running a business is a risky and brave venture. Even if you manage to master the day to day operations, there are no guarantees that your business will succeed.
Failures, however, pave the road to success. Building a sound foundation, conducting periodic self-evaluations, and staying on top of policy developments are key to keeping you on course for marketplace prosperity. Read more >>

Written by Liz Brazil, Procurement Specialist, Norcal PTAC
Ask Ed: A Monthly Public Works Column
Bonding–Just What Is It?
Quite often in the seminars I conduct for Estimating & Bidding, the subject of bonding arises and I am often surprised at the number of people who don’t fully understand what a bond is. So, let me start by stating what a bond is and what it is not. As utilized in the public works construction industry, a bond is NOT an insurance policy. A bond is a guarantee that the contractor who provides the bond will meet the contract provisions and deliver a project for the owner. Read more >>

Written by Edward Duarte
Construction/ Public Works Specialist, Norcal PTAC
Virtual Training
Celebrating Veterans!
About 2.5 million Veteran-owned businesses are estimated to be about a tenth of all U.S. businesses, with the overall majority classified as small businesses, generating over 1$ trillion each year. With a generated revenue of $1.14 trillion and an annual payroll of $195 billion, these small businesses make a huge impact! Read more >>

In celebration of National Veterans Small Business Week (November 2-6, 2020), many business advocacy groups are hosting informative training aimed to elevate Veteran-owned businesses. Browse links below!
SBA #VetBiz Virtual Events
Various training opportunities on Veteran-Owned business resources available at with keyword "vetbiz" | more>>

SBA Veteran-Owned Businesses Resources more>>
Arming Vets to WIN in the Federal Market
Wed, 11/4 10am more>>

Veterans DVBE Small Business Summit
By Veterans Business Outreach Center 
Fri, 11/6 9:30am-3pm more>>
Back to Basics:
Government Contracting & Bid Protests
Webinar | Wed, 11/18 1am more>>
Join us to examine the nuts and bolts of competitive bidding, the different types of competitive bidding, how to deal with bid protests, and common pitfalls that occur after contracts are awarded.
Guest Speakers
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Virtual Procurement Fair
Caltrans [D1/D2/ D3] North Region
7 Sessions | 11/10 - 11/19 more>>
Learn about how Caltrans sources and purchases goods and services, find upcoming bid opportunities, and network with purchasers and advocates from Caltrans and other state agencies.
A 90-day priority purchasing preference will be given to vendors who attend the fair!
1] Doing Business with Caltrans & Getting the Most Out of this Procurement Fair

2] Meet the Buyers – Administration, Project Management, & Planning

3] Meet the Buyers – Maintenance & Traffic Operations

4] Meet the Buyers – Warehouse & Facilities

5] Meet the Buyers – IT

6] How to do Business with the State of California

7] Meet the Small Business Advocates
Bid Opportunities
See Covid-19 bids HERE
On-Call Electrical Services
Issuer: Prison Industry Authority
Closing Date: 11/19/2020 | more >>

Geotechnical Exploration Drilling
Issuer: Dept of Transportation
Closing Date: 11/12/2020 | more >>
Humboldt & Del Norte
Install a Backup Power Generator for Drinking Water Well
Issuer: Indian Health Service, Ukiah
Closing Date: 12/18/2020 | more >>

Repairs and Construction Projects
Issuer: CSU, Humboldt
Closing Date: 11/18/2020 | more >>
Shasta, Trinity & Siskiyou
Trinity River Geo-Physical and Surveying Services
Issuer: Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity
Closing Date: 12/03/2020 | more >>

On-Call COVID-19 Related Cleaning and Disinfecting
Issuer: Dept. of Transportation
Closing Date: 11/12/2020 | more >>

Place HMA (Type A)
Issuer: Dept. of Transportation, Siskiyou
Closing Date: 11/19/2020 | more >>

Asphalt Rubber Chip Seal and Traffic Stripe
Issuer: Dept. of Transportation, Shasta & Trinity
Closing Date: 12/03/2020 | more >>

Comprehensive Health Care Services for the Jail and Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility
Issuer: County of Shasta
Closing Date: 11/30/2020 | more >>

Interior Revisions to the Cascade Office Building
Issuer: County of Shasta
Closing Date: 12/04/2020 | more >>

Bulk Fuel Delivery
Issuer: City of Redding
Closing Date: 11/18/2020 | more >>
Install and electrically connect EVSE infrastructure
Issuer: Dept of General Services
Closing Date: 12/01/2020 | more >>

Cannabis Equity Program
Issuer: County of Mendocino
Closing Date: 11/27/2020 | more >>
Bay Area
Eyeglasses and Optician Services
Issuer: Dept of Veteran Affairs
Closing: 11/13/2020 | more >>

Lease Space
Issuer: Dept of General Services, San Francisco
Closing: 11/12/2020 | more >>

Various Base Paint Projects
Issuer: Dept of Air Force, Travis AFB
Closing Date: 12/26/2020 | more >>

High Density Storage Systems
Issuer: Dept of Veteran Affairs, Palo Alto
Closing Date: 11/13/2020 | more >>

Sources Sought
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Testing Services
Issuer: Dept of General Services, Monterey
Closing Date: 11/12/2020 | more >>

Multigraphic Equipment Maintenance Services
Issuer: Dept of State Hospitals, Napa
Closing Date: 11/12/2020 | more >>

Grease Trap Pumping and Hauling Services
Issuer: Dept of State Hospitals, Napa
Closing Date: 11/17/2020 | more >>

Construct Concrete-Lined Ditch and Embankment Slope
Issuer: Dept of Transportation, San Mateo
Closing Date: 11/18/2020 | more >>

Pest Control Services
Issuer: CA Highway Patrol, Alameda
Closing Date: 11/20/2020 | more >>

Infrastructure Upgrades
Issuer: CAL FIRE, Sonoma Air Attack Base
Closing Date: 12/02/2020 | more >>

Universal Small Water Meter eLinx Register
Issuer: City and County of San Francisco
Closing Date: 11/16/2020 | more >>

MBE/WBE Availability & Utilization Study
Issuer: City and County of San Francisco
Closing Date: 11/16/2020 | more >>

Forensic Toxicology Testing Services
Issuer: County of Solano
Closing Date: 11/16/2020 | more >>

Inmate Services Gender Responsive Needs Report
Issuer: County of Santa Clara
Closing Date: 11/23/2020 | more >>

Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Intervention Services
Issuer: County of Santa Clara
Closing Date: 11/17/2020 | more >>
For personalized bid opportunities, reach out to your Procurement Specialist or apply for services
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