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Outreach, Training and Advocacy

The Outreach section is committed to expanding statewide outreach for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises and small businesses through education and business opportunity enhancements.

Upcoming Outreach Events and Mobile App

Outreach Events  

If you would like the Outreach team to participate at an upcoming event that is not already listed on our Events Calendar, please fill out the Event Request form and submit it to advocate@dgs.ca.gov.

If you are interested in having a DGS representative as a speaker at an upcoming event, please fill out the Speaker Request Form.


SB/DVBE Outreach Events Mobile App

DGS-PD’s Outreach section is committed to expanding statewide outreach efforts for the SB and DVBE community through education and business opportunity enhancements. Access here via the link or scan with your mobile device.   QR Code 

Upcoming Outreach Events - (MS Word) (PDF) 

September 13 - 14, 2017 - 2017 League of California Cities Annual Expo

Hosted by the League of California Cities
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register Here

September 20, 2017 - Business Expo & Conference Hosted by Alameda Chamber of Commerce College of Alameda Gymnasium 555 Ralf Appezzato Memorial Pkwy Alameda, CA 94504 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Contact Mark Sorensen at (510) 522-0414 or mark@alamedachamber.com

September 20, 2017 - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification Workshop (not a DGS event)
Hosted by the Business Outreach Committee (BOC) and the California Unified Certification Program
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Atrium Conference Room
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Register Here
Contact Sheila Evans-Peguese at Sheila.Evans-Peguese@sfmta.com or (415) 701-4436
Event Flyer

September 21, 2017 - Small Project Alternative Delivery Methods
Hosted by Construction Management Association of America
Long Beach Marriott
4700 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Register Here

September 21, 2017 - Emerging Leaders Training Class
Hosted by the Small Business Administration
University of La Verne Campus, Room 5
1201 24th Street #D200
Bakersfield, CA 93301
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register Here

September 27, 2017 - I'm Certified, Now What?
Hosted by San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
Southwestern College
880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Register Here

September 28, 2017 - How to Do Business with the State
Hosted by Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center
Napa Chamber of Commerce
1556 1st Street, 2nd Floor
Napa, CA 94559
9:00 am - Noon
Register Here or Call: (707) 256-7250

September 28, 2017 - Introduction to State Government Contracting
Hosted by Caltrans
Caltrans HQ - Garcia Room
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Register Here

October 2, 2017 - How to do Business with the State of California
Hosted by Contra Costa Worforce Development Board and Small Business Development Center
300 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94605
9:00 am - Noon
Registration is Coming Soon

October 6, 2017 - Be the Best Women in Business Expo
Hosted by North San Diego Small Business Development Center
SDG & E Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Register Here

October 17, 2017 - Contracting 101 with the Port of Oakland
Hosted by the Port of Oakland
Merritt College (Student Lounge Building R)
12500 Campus Drive
Oakland, CA 94619
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Register Here

October 18, 2017 - How to do Business with the State
Hosted by Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
1280 Civic Drive, Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Register Here

October 19, 2017 - CPUC/PacifiCorp Redding Business Expo
Hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission
Holiday Inn
1900 Hilltop Drive
Redding, CA 96002
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Register Here

October 25, 2017 - Caltrans District 11 Procurement Fair
Hosted by Caltrans
Balboa Park Club Ballroom
2150 Pan American Road West
San Diego, CA 92101
9:00 am - Noon
Register Here

October 26, 2017 - The Blue Book Building & Construction Network
Hosted by Blue Book
CalExpo
1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Register Here

November 3, 2017 - Best Award Ceremony
Hosted by Russian American Media
The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred
2300 Sierra Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95825
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Register Here

November 3, 2017 - Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium
Hosted by Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
The Falls Event Center
4105 W Figarden Drive
Fresno, CA 93722
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Registration is Coming Soon

November 3, 2017 - Meet the Buyers
Hosted by North San Diego Small Business Development Center
ViaSat
6155 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009
9:15 am - 12:30 pm
Register Here

December 15, 2017 - 2nd Annual Veterans Business Outreach Center and Department of General Services Small Business Summit
Hosted by the Veterans Business Outreach Center
Department of General Services - Ziggurat Building
707 3rd Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register Here

February 21, 2018 - 8th Annual Russian Capitol Reception
Hosted by Russian American Media
California State Capitol
Eureka Room
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Register Here

February 26 - 27, 2018 - 7th Annual Small Business Summit
Hosted by Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center
QLN Conference Center and Meeting Facility
1938 Avenida del Oro
Oceanside, CA 92056
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register Here

February 28, 2018 - I'm Certified, What Now?
Hosted by San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register Here

March 9, 2018 - Central Valley Business Diversity Expo
Hosted by Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
The University Square Hotel
4961 N Cedar Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Registration is Coming Soon

March 22, 2018 - How to Do Business with the State
Hosted by Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center
Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center
1556 1st Street, 2nd Floor
Napa, CA 94559
9:00 am - Noon
Register Here or Call: (707) 256-7250

May 24, 2018 - How to do Business with the State
Hosted by Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center
Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center
141 Story Circle, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
9:00 am - Noon
Register Here or Call: (707) 256-7250

May 26, 2018 - I'm Certified, Now What?
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register Here

May 26, 2018 - 14th Annual International Kids Festival
Hosted by Russian American Media
William Land Park (across from the Sacramento Zoo)
3800 Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration is Coming Soon

Resources

Brochures and Handouts

Registration and Certification Instructions

SB/DVBE Presentations

SB/DVBE Participation in State Contracting

Consolidated Annual Report

Upcoming Solicitations for DGS

What State Departments are buying

Departments with SB/DVBE First Policy

  • Department of General Services 
  • Franchise Tax Board 
  • Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • Military Department
  • Department of Public Health 
  • California Highway Patrol 
  • California Department of Technology 
  • Department of Education
  • California Public Utilities Commission 
  • Department of Consumer Affairs

SB/DVBE Training, Webinars, and Videos

Find a SB/DVBE Advocate

State agencies with annual expenditures over $100,000 have available to small business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) suppliers, a liaison to help them resolve contracting issues with the state. 

Click here to view our most current SB/DVBE Advocates Directory (MS Excel)

To view the full Advocate webpage click here.

Small Business Advisory Council

The purpose of the Department of General Services (DGS) Small Business Advisory Council is to provide a forum for representatives of the California small business community to provide input on policies and practices that impact small business participation in the state procurement and contracting process.  

The Council assists the DGS to develop solutions to the state's procurement and contracting concerns, to help communicate information regarding DGS projects and programs of interest to the small business community and to provide a forum for interactive discussions

To view the full Small Business Council webpage click here

Reciprocity Program

The Outreach Branch further promotes Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) participation by administering the Reciprocity Program.  The program builds partnerships with cities, counties and special districts throughout California with businesses holding SB and/or DVBE certification programs. 


Click here to go to the Reciprocity webpage.

State Agency Recognition Awards

The State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) honors State departments for outstanding achievements in Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) advocacy and for contracting success with SBs and DVBEs.

Below is a list and description of the awards presented/awarded at the SARA ceremony:

Departments with Notable Achievement

Recognize those departments who exceed 30% or higher for this Small Business participation goal AND achieved 5% or higher for their Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise goals 

SARA Agency Recognition

Honors departments for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance the State’s SB/DVBE programs. In comparison to past performance, these departments continue to exceed goals and models the way for other state agencies 

Advocate of the Year 

Honors State Department Advocates for their outstanding achievements in supporting, promoting and contracting with SB/DVBEs. The advocates mentor others, create a culture internally and externally, and actively engage the SB/DVBE community 

Advocate Innovation Award

Based on creativity and “thinking outside the box” innovative efforts that contribute to the overall success of the State of California’s commitment to provide exemplary service to our SB/DVBE community 

Diversity Outreach Award

Awarded to the State Department or Agency that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in their outreach efforts 

Collaboration Award for Contracting Excellence (CACE):

Awarded by the DGS Business Development Program, CACE honors the commitment and partnership between prime contractors, subcontractors, and awarding departments for their collective accomplishments in meeting or exceeding the Governor’s SB/DVBE contracting goals 

Secretary’s Special Achievement Award

Given to a state department, agency or individual whose best practices, innovation and advocacy efforts have allowed them to go above and beyond in exceeding the State’s SB/DVBE contracting goals  

Governor’s Award

Given to the State Agency or department that best exemplifies excellence and innovation in providing contracting opportunities to SB/DVBE firms 

To see past SARA ceremonies and winners, click on the links below:

  • 2016 SARA Awards 
  • 2015 SARA Awards 
  • 2014 SARA Awards
  • 2013 SARA Awards
  • 2012 SARA Awards 
  • Contact the Outreach Section

    Business Hours:
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Mailing Address:
    Department of General Services
    Procurement Division
    Attn: Outreach Section
    707 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, MS 2-204
    West Sacramento, CA 95605

    Phone Number:
    916.375.4400

    Email Address:
    Advocate@dgs.ca.gov
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