To spread information about how small businesses can contract to work on the statewide high-speed rail project, the California High-Speed Rail Authority will host a free workshop for small businesses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Elm Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.
The event is scheduled to have a panel talk with contractors and presentations by local transportation agencies. Some will discuss the certification process to be considered a small, disadvantaged or disabled-veteran business. The program will run from 11 a.m. to noon, with networking sessions before and after, from 10 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m.
According to a spokesperson for the rail authority, the agency has so far gathered 87 small businesses in Northern California that are working or committed to work on the high-speed rail project across the state.
The first segment of the high-speed rail service is expected to be operational in 2025 and run between Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, the authority said.
The event is sponsored by the California Departments of General Services and Transportation, the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, Caltrain, the San Mateo County Transit District, BART and other regional transportation agencies.
To RSVP, email Meilani Sabadlab, small business associate, at Meilani.Sabadlab@hsr.ca.gov or call (916) 414-2578 with the event date, full name, business name, address and contact number.