Business Definitions

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) – independently owned and operated; cannot be dominant in its field of operation; must have its principal office located in California; must have its owners (or officers in the case of a corporation) domiciled in California; AND together with affiliates, be either: a business with 100 or fewer employees, an average annual gross receipts of $14 million or less over the previous three tax years, or a manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees. 

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) – at least 51% owned and managed on a daily basis by one or more minorities who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States and member(s) of a recognized ethnic or racial group AND its home office is located in the United States. 

Women Business Enterprise (WBE) – at least 51% owned and managed on a daily business by one or more women who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States AND its home office is located in the United States. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) – at lease 51% owned and managed on a daily business by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act). DBE certifications are used only for state or federally funded projects that have DBE goals or requirements. 

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) – at least 51% owned and managed on a daily basis by one or more disabled veterans of the military, naval, or air service of the United States with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent, and who is also a resident of California; AND a sole proprietorship corporation or partnership with its home office located in the United States that is not a subsidiary of a foreign firm. 

Local Business Enterprise (LBE)
– principal place of business is located within the boundaries of Contra Costa County. 


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