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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

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


April 23, 2018 - The Business Conference of Small Change for Extraordinary Gain 

Hosted by National Association of Women Business Owners California
The Citizen Hotel
926 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Register at

April 23, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government  
Hosted by Modesto Chamber of Commerce
Modesto Chamber of Commerce
114 J Street
Modesto, CA 95354
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Register at 

April 24, 2018 - Minority Business Opportunity Day 
Hosted by Southern CA Minority Supplier Development Council
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at

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 at

April 26, 2018 - Fresno Business Growth Diversity and Transportation Expo 
Hosted by Valley Small Business and Construction Report Inc. 
The Falls Event Center
4105 West Figarden Drive
Fresno, CA 93722
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Register at

April 26, 2018 - Subcontracting and Certification Strategies 
Hosted by Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
333 S. Grand Ave, 33rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Register at 

May 1, 2018 - Small Business Expo and Seminars 2018 
Hosted by Small Business Administration
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register at

May 2, 2018 - 2018 Small Business Summit 
Hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti's
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register by Calling (213) 713-3149

May 3, 2018 - May Marketplace 
Hosted by California Capital financial Development Corporation
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
4:30 - 7 p.m.
Register at

May 3, 2018 - Los Angeles County Contracting Connections  
Hosted by Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
Carson Civic Center 
801 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
8:30 a.m. - Noon
Register at 

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, CA 92101
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register at

May 10, 2018 - City of Los Angeles Commodities Vendor Fair
Hosted by City of Los Angeles
Main Street by City Hall
111 E. 1st Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90012
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at

May 15, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government
Hosted by Womens' Business Center and PTAC
California Capital Financial Development Corporation
1792 Tribute Road, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95815
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register by emailing

May 16, 2018 - CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce State Procurement Matchmaking Session
Hosted by CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Room 202
Sacramento, CA 95814
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at

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 at

May 24, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government
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 at

May 24, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center
880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100
National City, CA 91950
1 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at

May 25, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government 
Hosted by Caltrans District 11
Caltrans District 11
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at

June 6, 2018 - Stanislaus Procurement Expo  
Hosted by Valley Sierra SBDC
Harvest Hall
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register by emailing 

June 8, 2018 - Norcal Supply Chain & Procurement Expo  
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Solano Community College (Vallejo Center)
545 Columbus Parkway
Vallejo, CA 94591
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register at

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 

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

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


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

State Agency Recognition Awards 2016-17

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 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:
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