DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS: "Carve the peg by looking at the hole." Korean Proverb

Contracting Opportunities

• City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco OCA - Construction Bids
(Use the "Category" drop-down menu to select "Construction")

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified School District

Current Bids/RFPs

City of Oakland

Bid Opportunities


Prospective Suppliers (including construction)

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Contracts Out For Bid
BART Home Page


Contract Opportunities and Specifications

Sears "ServiceLive"

Seeking Contractors - Installers, Painting, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, and Other

State of California

Department of General Services

Construction Industry Associations

San Francisco Builders Exchange
American Concrete Contractors Association
American Subcontractors Association
Associated Building Contractors
Associated General Contractors of California
National Electrical Contractors Association
National Tile Contractors Association
Northern California Drywall Contractors Association
Painting and Decorating Contractors Association
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of California
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
Western States Roofing Contractors Association

Business Development Associations

The Council of Asian American Business Associations of CA (CAABA)
Asian, Inc. Northern California MBEC  (Northern California Minority Business Enterprise Center)
San Francisco Small Business Development Center

Professional Advisors - AACA Associate Members

Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson and Horn (Attorneys)
F. David Crain Insurance Services (Bonding and Insurance)
Fong, Ko & Associates, LLP (CPAs)
Gallagher Construction Services Last & Faoro  (Attorneys)
Mau Law Offices
Merriwether & Williams (SF Bonding Assistance Program)

U. S. Government

Small Business Administration Home Page
Small Business Administration Forms Library

State of California

CalTrans Home Page
CalTrans Mentoring Program

City of San Francisco

Human Rights Commission
Office of Labor Standards Enforcement
San Francisco Home Page
San Francisco DPW
San Francisco PUC
Surety Bond Assistance Program

General Information

"10 Steps to a More Profitable Construction Business ," by Leslie Shiner

Setting SMART Goals Everyone has goals, but to reach them you have to make them "SMART." Arina Nikitina, at , has put these principles in concise, usable terms.

"Construction Risk Management," advertised as "the most detailed work ever done on the subject of construction insurance, bonding, and risk management," is endorsed by the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Subcontractors Association, and others. Available in hard copy, or on line. Published by International Risk Management Institute ( Also see their web site for FREE newsletters; 957 articles on risk management (such as "Killer Bond Forms and Contract Provisions" and "Contractor's Professional Liability Update"); and, their ZERORISK HR. "

California Public Records Act " Like the U. S. "Freedom of Information Act," it requires California public entities to make documents available to the public on request. "Retention Escrow" Earn interest on retention, and maybe get it faster. California Public Contract Code Section 22300 requires public agencies to allow retention to be held in escrow and earn interest for the contractor. Subs on public works are entitled to their portion of the interest. Banks advertising this service have included Comerica, Union, Mechanics and Bank of Sacramento. Once you have a bank to work with, a simple fax is usually all it takes.

REGULATION COMPLIANCE:  "It is advantageous to follow advice, for you will succeed in life." Philippine Proverb

City of San Francisco

Office of Labor Standards Enforcement

State of California

Contractors State License Board
CAL/OSHA Guide to Developing Your Workplace Illness and Injury Protection Program
CAL/OSHA Form 300 Log of Injury/Illness
Department of Industrial Relations