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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

 

February 7, 2018 - Medical Industry Day
Hosted by California Capital PTAC
Shriner's Hospital for Children 2425 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95817 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Register Here

February 7, 2018 - I'm Certified, Now What?
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Caltrans Headquarters
1656 Unison Street
Eureka, CA 95501
9 a.m. - Noon
Register Here

February 9, 2018 - CA DGS Small Business Certification & Procurement Workshop
Hosted by Business on the Edge
Ohlone College, Newark Campus
39399 Cherry Street
Second Floor Room #2100
Newark, CA 94560
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Register Here

February 9, 2018 - Meet the Buyer 
Hosted by Sacramento Municipal Utility District
SMUD Customer Service Center 
6301 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Register Here

February 15, 2018 - How to Do Business with the State 
Hosted by SCORE 
Central Valley SCORE  
801 R Street, Suite 102
Fresno, CA 93721
9 a.m. - Noon a.m.
Email: kristina.gonzalez@scorevolunteer.org
  

February 27, 2018 - I'm Certified, Now What?
Hosted by Caltrans District 11
Caltrans District 11
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110
1 p.m. 
Registration is Coming Soon

February 27-28, 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register Here 

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

February 28, 2018 - How to Do Business with the State
Hosted by Riverside Community College District
Corona City Hall
400 S Vicentia Ave.
Corona, CA 92882
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Registration is Coming Soon

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 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration is Coming Soon

March 15, 2018 - How to Do Business with the State
Hosted by NorCAL PTAC
CalTrans Headquarters Building
1656 Unison Street
Eureka, CA 95501
9 a.m. - Noon
Registration is Coming Soon

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

March 22, 2018 - SRPAC Winter Showcase
Hosted by SRPAC
SJC Cabral Agricultural Center
2101 E. Earhart Avenue
Stockton, CA 95206
9 a.m. - Noon
Registration is Coming Soon

April 4, 2018 - How to Do Business with the State
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Location Coming Soon
Yreka, CA 96097
9 a.m. - Noon
Register Here

April 5, 2018 - I'm Certified, Now What?
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Caltrans
1031 Butte Street
Redding, CA 96001
9 a.m. - Noon
Register Here 

April 6, 2018 - How to Do Business with the State
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Caltrans Headquarters
1656 Unison Street
Eureka, CA 95501
9 a.m. - Noon
Register Here

April 9 - 10, 2018 - Green California Summit
Hosted by State of California
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register Here 

April 12, 2018 - 8th Annual SBA Southern California Small Business and Government Contracting Conference 
Hosted by Small Business Administration
Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine , CA 92612
Time: TBD
Register Here

April 25, 2018 - CPUC/Joint Utilities Long Beach Business Expo
Hosted by California Public Utilities Commission
The Grand Long Beach
4101 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register Here 

April 26, 2018 - Promote Your Business Tradeshow 
Hosted by Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
New City Hall
915 I street
Sacramento, CA 95814
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration is Coming Soon

May 8 - 9, 2018 - Keeping the Promise 2018
Hosted by U.S. Veteran Business Alliance
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, California 92101
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration is Coming Soon

May 17, 2018 - Connecting Point 
Hosted by Sacramento Public Agency Consortium
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
6151 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register is Coming Soon

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 a.m. - Noon
Register Here or Call: (707) 256-7250

May 24, 2018 - I'm Certified, Now What?
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Register Here

May 25, 2018 - Doing Business with the State of California 
Hosted by Caltrans District 11
Caltrans District 11
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110
9 a.m. - Noon
Register Here

September 19, 2018 - Get Connected 
Hosted by San Joaquin Public Agency Consortium
SJC Cabral Agricultural Center
2101 E. Earhart Avenue
Stockton, CA 95206
9 a.m. - Noon
Register 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

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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