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 2017 Events Calendar - (MS Word) (PDF)  

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. 

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Brochures and Handouts

Registration and Certification Instructions

SB/DVBE Presentations

SB/DVBE Participation in State Contracting

Consolidated Annual Report

Upcoming Solicitations for DGS

What other 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

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

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.

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

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