The Fresno Economic Development Corporation will hold free workshops on Friday and Saturday for small businesses looking for work as subcontractors on California's high-speed rail project.
The workshops are planned for experts to walk business owners through the steps needed to become certified as small businesses or disadvantaged business enterprises.
A list of the businesses certified at the workshops will be provided to each of the five contracting firms expected to bid for the first high-speed rail construction segment between Madera and Fresno.
Small-business owners are asked to bring their federal tax returns for the past three years, addresses of officers or partners, federal employer ID number, Dun & Bradstreet number, Social Security number, contractor's state license board number and Secretary of State business number.
Both small-business and disadvantaged-business workshops are Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon.