How to Find Construction & Public Works Bid Opportunities- Women In Construction Week Series

Mar 7 10:00 am — 11:00 am

With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill being implemented, there is a plethora of construction and public works opportunities in the government marketplace. But, one of the most common questions we get asked by construction firms is, “where do I find projects to bid on?” 

Join us as we hear from our own PTAC expert as well as agency insider sources on where to find contracts in the Bay Area. There are several places to look online when searching for bid opportunities as well as best practices for establishing relationships with prime contractors and keeping abreast of new project pipelines. 

In the first part of this webinar Norcal PTAC Procurement Specialist Liz Brazil will explain where to go and how to establish an efficient bid tracking system. The second part will be dedicated to a panel of local Bay Area agency representatives who will discuss their specific upcoming contracting opportunities. 

Webinar Topics Covered:

  • Introduction from Norcal PTAC
  • Introductions from our event sponsors
  • Importance of market research and knowing who to target
  • Tips on building relationships with prime contractors
  • Overview of Norcal PTAC’s free bid matching service (Bid Center)
  • How to find local, state, and federal bid opportunities
  • Associations for construction firms
  • Upcoming opportunities from the following agency representatives

Liz Brazil,

Procurement Specialist

Norcal APEX Accelerator

Liz has extensive experience with small and disadvantaged business enterprise programs working over 35 years for various Bay Area transportation agencies such as Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). She is familiar with local, State, and Federal procurement processes. Her passion is helping small businesses be successful and win government contracts. She holds a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from San Francisco State University.

With Special Guest Speakers from

California High Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the nation’s first high-speed rail system. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands.

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is a special district of the State of California which operates and maintains the Golden Gate Bridge and two unified public transit systems – Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry  – connecting the counties of Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, and Contra Costa. The District provides these public services under authority of California State Law.

SF County Transportation Authority

As San Francisco’s congestion management agency, we monitor travel activity on our streets and adopt plans for reducing traffic congestion, including the Treasure Island Transportation Program. We lead long-range planning to establish San Francisco’s priorities for Plan Bay Area, the region’s transportation, land-use, and housing plan, as well as local efforts like the Alemany Interchange Improvement Study. We oversee project implementation as our partner agencies like SFMTA, SF Public Works, and BART use this funding to improve transportation across the city. We lead major capital projects like the Folsom Street Off-Ramp Realignment Project and the Yerba Buena Island on- and off-ramps.

Valley Transportation Authority

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region. VTA provides bus, light rail, and paratransit services, as well as participates as a funding partner in regional rail service including Caltrain, Capital Corridor, and the Altamont Corridor Express. As the county’s congestion management agency, VTA is responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management, design and construction of specific highway, pedestrian, and bicycle improvement projects, as well as promotion of transit oriented development. VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.

AC Transit

AC Transit is an innovative, modern bus system, owned by the public of the East Bay. Its family tree dates back to 1869, the year America’s two coasts were joined by transcontinental rail. In that year, AC Transit’s first predecessor began carrying passengers from the foot of Broadway through burgeoning Oakland in a horse-drawn rail car. AC Transit is valued as a leader that helps the Bay Area thrive by connecting East Bay communities to each other and to regional destinations. They deliver safe, reliable, sustainable transit service that responds to the needs of our customers and communities.

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Location: Virtual (Zoom Webinar)

(707) 267-7561

The information provided in this webinar/ workshop and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute professional financial or legal advice. No registrant should act or fail to act on the basis of any material contained in this webinar/ workshop without obtaining proper financial, legal or other professional advice specific to their situation. The Northern California APEX Accelerator, and its host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the information presented in this webinar/ workshop. By registering for this webinar/ workshop you acknowledge and agree that you have read, understood, accept and agree to the above disclaimer and that under no circumstances shall the Northern California APEX Accelerator or it’s host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, be held liable for any claims, losses, or damages of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way related to the information provided in this webinar/ workshop and/or the registrant’s use of or reliance on said information.

This No-Cost Training Event is

Hosted by

Norcal PTAC

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Norcal PTAC) is a government funded nonprofit formed to help small businesses find, bid on, and win contracts with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.

Sponsored by

The California Women’s Business Center

California Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) work to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a statewide network of WBCs. These centers help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 16,000 women entrepreneurs each year.

The National Association of Women In Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a non-profit association of women whose core purpose is to enhance the success of women working in all facets of the construction industry by providing education, professional development, and networking opportunities.

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council

Established in 1999, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) Pacific is a strategic sourcing partner supporting certified, competitive, and established women entrepreneurs. With capacity-building workshops, supplier information sessions, and focused mentoring, WBEC Pacific facilitates procurement opportunities, business networking, and supplier development.

The National Association of Women Business Owners

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – San Francisco Bay Area chapter is a powerful and influential organization representing and supporting the needs of more than 117,000 women business owners of the Bay Area. NAWBO-SFBA is the go-to resource for community, education, inspiration, political advocacy, partnerships, and networking for women who want to grow their businesses, be more successful and empower others.

Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services

By providing their diverse clients with counsel drawn from more than 20 years’ experience in unique problem solving, Merriwether & Williams is helping to create a new insurance industry paradigm that transforms obstacles into opportunities, enables innovation, opens doors and creates more dynamic relationships between businesses and communities.

CTAP Program

The Contractor Technical Assistance Program was implemented by Alameda County to assist small local and diverse contractors to build their capacity by providing technical assistance, training, and help with obtaining and/or increasing their bonding capacity for work on Alameda County contracts. The program is sponsored by the County General Services Agency Office of Acquisition Policy (GSA-OAP) and administered by Merriwether and Williams Insurance Services.

Register for the other sessions in this series here!

Session 1 – March 6th at 10am : 

Certifications Overview for Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Session 3 – March 8th at 10am : 

Panel Of Women-Owned Construction Firms

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If you have more questions, please contact us at or (707) 267 – 7561