Business Enterprise Classifications

A Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is an independently owned and operated business, which is not dominant in its field of operation, the principal office of which is located in California, the officers of which are domiciled in California, and which, together with affiliates, has 100 or fewer employees, and average annual gross receipts of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.

The Contra Costa County Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program applies to: (1) county-funded construction contracts of $25,000 or less; (2) purchasing transactions of $50,000 or less and (3) professional/personal service contracts of $50,000 or less. Note: Certain contracts and purchasing transactions are exempt.

A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is a business that is at least 51% owned by, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by, one or more owners who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. The control must be substantial, real, and on-going on a regular basis.

A Women Business Enterprise (WBE) is a business that is at least 51% owned by, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by, one or more women who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. The control must be substantial, real, and on-going on a regular basis.

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

A Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) is a business entity at least 51% owned by one or more disabled veterans and whose daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more disables veteran(s); the disabled veteran(s) who manages and controls the business is not required to be the disabled veteran business owner(s); and the home office must be located in the U.S. (the home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign based-business). The disabled Veteran must be a California resident have a service-connected disability of at least 10% or more and be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Military, Naval or Air Services.

A Local Business Enterprise (LBE) is a business entity whose principal place of business is located within the boundaries of Contra Costa County.