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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

 

June 19, 2018 - California Small Business Day  
Hosted by California Small Business Association
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register by emailing bjtcsba@pacbell.net

June 21, 2018 - Meet the Buyers  
Hosted by North San Diego SBDC
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Dr.
San Diego, CA 92131
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register at https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/11636?embedded=0

June 22, 2018 - Veteran Business Forum  
Hosted by Calvet
San Diego State University Montezuma Hall - SDSU Student Union
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-business-forum-2018-tickets-44227456513

June 26, 2018 - Success Express - Empower Workshops Central Valley  
Hosted by California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center - Assembly Room 1
2101 E. Earhart Avenue
Stockton, CA 95206
8:30 - 11 p.m.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calasian-presents-2018-success-express-workshops-tickets-45913331009

June 27, 2018 - Los Banos Government Contracting:101  
Hosted by Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center
Los Banos Community Center
645 7th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register by emailing jbutler@valleysierrasbdc.com

June 28, 2018 - Meet the Primes  
Hosted by California High-Speed Rail Authority
Visalia Convention Center
303 E. Acequia
Visalia, CA 93291
8 a.m. - Noon
Register by emailing Ivor.Newman@hsr.ca.gov

July 20, 2018 - Cal Con Expo  
Hosted by Cal Con Expo
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register at http://calconexpo.com/registration/

July 26, 2018 - ELEVATE: A Procurement Symposium  
Hosted by California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Suite 29
Oakland, CA 94607
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register by emailing
 maria@cahcc.co

August 30, 2018 - Contracting with CA State Government  
Hosted by San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
880 National City Blvd
National City, CA 91950
1 - 4 p.m.
Register by emailing bhousholder@swccd.edu

August 31, 2018 - Contracting with CA State Government  
Hosted by Caltrans
Caltrans District 11
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110
9 a.m. - Noon
Register by emailing michelle.gongora@dot.ca.gov

September 18, 2018 - Caltrans District 11's 14th Annual Procurement & Resource Fair
Hosted by San Joaquin Public Agency Consortium
Balboa Park Club Ballroom
2150 Pan American Road West
San Diego, CA 92101
9 a.m. - Noon
Register by emailing cheri.gouthier@dot.ca.gov

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 by emailing greg.lawson@dot.ca.gov

September 20, 2018 - ABAOC Business Convention and Business Match-Making 
Hosted by Asian Business Association of Orange County
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
1717 South Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register by emailing pramod@nakunj.com

October 1, 2018 - 7th Annual Insurance Diversity Summit Resource Expo  
Hosted by Department of Insurance
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7th-Annual-Insurance-Diversity-Summit-Resource-Expo

February 26, 2019 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit  
Hosted by Southwest Veterans' Business Resource Center
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick St
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

 


Resources

Brochures and Handouts

SB/DVBE Participation in State Contracting

Consolidated Annual Report

What State Departments are buying

Departments with SB/DVBE First Policy



The California Business Incentives Gateway is a web portal that connects business owners and entrepreneurs with financial incentives. https://cbig.ca.gov/ 

 

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

SARA 2018

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 

Most Improved Small Business Participation

Awarded to state departments for outstanding improvement over the previous fiscal year in their small business participation. Awards are given based on agency size for extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large agencies.

Most Improved DVBE Participation

Awarded to state departments for outstanding improvement over the previous fiscal year in their small business participation. Awards are given based on agency size for extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large agencies.

Agency of the Year Award

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 Award

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:

  • 2017 SARA 
  • 2016 SARA 
  • 2015 SARA 
  • 2014 SARA
  • 2013 SARA
  • 2012 SARA  
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    Contact the Outreach Section

    Business Hours:

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    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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