Metro will expand business opportunities for disabled veterans through new program

Photo by DVIDSHUB via Flickr Creative Commons.

Photo by DVIDSHUB via Flickr Creative Commons.

On Nov. 18, Metro is hosting an event to launch the Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise (DVBE) Program, a new program aimed at expanding contracting opportunities for businesses owned by disabled veterans and helping veterans successfully bid on projects. To attend this veteran’s initiative networking event at Metro Headquarters, register here.

The DVBE Program establishes a three percent contracting goal for all non-federally funded, competitively negotiated contracts for construction, goods or services over $100,000. A five-point evaluation scoring preference is included for certified DVBE firms with principal offices in California. This increases incentives for non-DVBE prime contractors to subcontract with DVBE firms, and helps increase the capacity of DVBEs to take on larger contracts

To participate in the Metro DVBE program, a firm must be certified by the California Department of General Services (DGS).

“One of the most important things we can do for our veterans is make sure they have employment opportunities when they return home, and Metro’s new DVBE Program will boost veteran hiring in California,” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, Metro Board Chair and Navy reservist. “The program is an extension of my commitment to make Los Angeles a pro-veteran, pro-business city.”

Metro also is working with veterans’ organizations and other advocates to identify disabled veteran-owned businesses qualified for the program.

“The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) applauds Metro on the implementation of its new Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Program. CalVet is eager to work collaboratively with Metro as it continues its efforts to expand contracting opportunities for California’s disabled veteran business owners,” said Keith Boyland, Deputy Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information about the DVBE program and how you can participate, please contact the Metro Diversity and Economic Opportunity Department at 213.922.2600 or visit