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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

 

August 15-17, 2018 - 15th Annual Elite SDVOB National Conference

Hosted by the Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Register at http://www.sdvobconference.com/

August 20, 2018 - Get Certified! For Contracts with Anchor Institutions  
Hosted by Richmond Main Street
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
217 Harbour Way
Richmond, CA 94801
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-certified-for-contracts-with-anchor-institutions-registration-48052992795

August 22, 2018 - BOC Meet the Primes Networking Event
Hosted by the Business Outreach Committee
Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter
101 8th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://boc-meet-the-primes-2018.eventbrite.com

August 22-24, 2018 - 39th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Statewide Convention
Hosted by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce L.A. Grand Downtown Hotel 333 S Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Register at http://chccconvention.com/

August 23, 2018 - Meet the Buyers
Hosted by North San Diego Small Business Development Center
Morris B. Vance Community Room
200 Civic Drive
Vista, CA 92084
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register at https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/11647?embedded=0

August 23-25, 2018 - 2018 Ron Brown Business/Economic Summit & Women's Symposium
Hosted by the California Black Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Irvine - Orange County Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92612
Register at https://cbcc.regfox.com/ron-brown-business-economic-summit

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 30, 2018 - Bringing Government Contracting Opportunities to You
Hosted by the Sacramento Public Agency Consortium
Elk Grove Pavillion
9950 Elk Grove Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
9 - 11 a.m.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacpac-forum-tickets-46450101504

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

August 31, 2018 - WRMSDC Multi Industry Business Expo
Hosted by Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council
Chevron Corporation
6001 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Register at http://www.wrmsdc.org/expo

September 5, 2018 - Annual Multicultural Business & Career Expo  
Hosted by Russian American Media
The Patriot Event Center at Milagro
6241 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael, CA 95608
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register at
 http://www.russianamericanmedia.com/our-events/business-career-expo/

September 5, 2018 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit Training
Hosted by OPPS 4 VETS
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

September 11, 2018 - AUSA Veterans Business Forum
Hosted by SGM Jon R Cavaiani Chapter AUSA
BT Collins Army Reserve Center
6251 Midway St., Bldg 653
Sacramento, CA 95828
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ausa-veteran-business-forum-providers-tickets-48240394318

September 12, 2018 - Marin County Business Showcase
Hosted by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
Peacock Gap Clubhouse San Rafael
333 Biscayne Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
4- 7 p.m.
Register at http://srchamber.com/events/details/marin-business-showcase-2018-a-program-of-the-san-rafael-chamber-23585

September 12, 2018 - Small Business and Non-profit Fair
Hosted by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Scott's Jack London Square Pavilion
2 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
4- 7 p.m.
Register at http://www.oaklandchamber.com/events/details/small-business-nonprofit-fair-16030

September 13, 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 14, 2018 - Bay Area Defense Supply Chain & Business Resource Fair
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
City College of San Francisco, Multi-Use Building #104
50 Phelan Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at http://www.cvent.com/events/bay-area-defense-supply-chain-and-business-resource-fair/event-summary-9aeb6db61664451fae2781bc9a2c2418.aspx

September 14, 2018 - Supplier Diversity Business Summit
Hosted by the Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at http://pswmsdc.org/event/san-diego-business-summit/?instance_id=238

September 15, 2018 - 2018 Military, Veterans and Spouse Entrepreneurship Summit 
Hosted by San Diego Veterans Coalition
Liberty Station Conference Center
2600 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register at http://events.nvtsi.org

September 18, 2018 - Caltrans District 11's 14th Annual Procurement & Resource Fair
Hosted by Caltrans and the San Diego 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 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

September 20, 2018 - Young Business Professionals Expo
Hosted by Valley Small Business and Construction Report Inc.
Four Points Sheraton
5101 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93309
3:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Register at http://vsbcr.com/

September 20, 2018 - Meet the Primes
Hosted by the California High-Speed Rail Authority
Veterans Memorial Building of Gilroy
74 W 6th Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
8 a.m. - Noon
Register by calling Ivor Newman at (916) 330-5631

September 24, 2018 - Mendocino County Back to Business Roadshow
Hosted by Norcal Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Location TBD
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mendocino-county-back-to-business-roadshow-tickets-48654703528

September 26, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government
Hosted by Norcal Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Mendocino Small Business Development Center
185 E Church Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
1 - 4 p.m.
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

September 27, 2018 - Contracting with California State Government
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Fairfield, CA
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

September 28, 2018 - Doing Business with the State of California
Hosted by Riverside Community College District and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Norco College
2001 Third Street
Norco, CA 92860
9 - 11 a.m.
Register at http://rccdpac.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
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7th-Annual-Insurance-Diversity-Summit-Resource-Expo

October 2, 2018 - How to do Business with Sacramento County
Hosted by California Capital FDC, Procurement Technical Assistance Center
1792 Tribute Road Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95815
9:30 a.m. - Noon
Register at https://cacapital.ecenterdirect.com/events/826938

October 4, 2018 - North Coast Procurement Expo
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Sequoia Conference Center
901 Myrtle Ave.
Eureka, CA 95501
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

October 6, 2018 - Annual Asian Small Business Expo
Hosted by Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program
Quiet Cannon
901 Via San Clemente
Montebello, CA 90640
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at http://www.apisbp.org/expo.html

October 10, 2018 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit Training
Hosted by OPPS4VETS
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

October 11, 2018 - How to do Business with California State Government
Hosted by Central Valley SCORE
Central Valley SCORE
801 R Street, Suite 201 (Upstairs Training Room)
Fresno, CA 93721
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at https://centralvalley.score.org/

October 16, 2018 - How to do Business with the State of California
Hosted by Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
29737 New Hub Drive
Menifee, CA 92586
9 a.m. - Noon
Register by calling Mary Takavorian at (909) 983-0751

October 16, 2018 - 2018 Latinas In Business Conference: Going from Good to Great
Hosted by National Latina Business Women Association - IE Institute
Central Park Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at https://www.nlbwa-ie.com/event-2808108

October 16, 2018 - 2018 Northern California Elite SDVOB 3rd Annual Convention
Hosted by Northern California Elite SDVOB, AT&T, and Comcast
Roundhouse Market & Conference Center
2600 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA 94583
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register at http://goeasyevents.com/3/the-3th-annual-conference

October 18, 2018 - Contracting with the State Workshop
Hosted by Caltrans District 3
Caltrans District 3 Office
703 B Street
Marysville, CA 95901
9 a.m. - Noon
Registration coming soon!

November 3, 2018 - Women of Color Business Symposium Theme: Positioned to ProspHer
Hosted by Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
1444 Fulton Street # 206
Fresno, CA 93721
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Register at http://www.fmbcc.com/events

November 5-6, 2018 - 2nd Annual Veterans In Business Network National Conference
Hosted by Veterans in Business Network
Baltimore Hotel and California Science Center
506 S Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Register at http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-veterans-in-business-network-national-conference/event-summary-70b729525e3a441ba3d4b17336264f21.aspx?p=10

November 7, 2018 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit Training
Hosted by OPPS4VETS
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

November 15, 2018 - Business Management Academy & Leadership Program
Hosted by National Latina Business Women Association-IE Institute
NPHS Building
9551 Pittsburg Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
4 - 8:45 p.m.
Regsiter at https://www.nlbwa-ie.com/

December 12, 2018 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit Training
Hosted by OPPS4VETS
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

January 29, 2019 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit Training
Hosted by OPPS4VETS
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

February 19, 2019 - Contracting with California State Government
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Hispanic Chamber of Silicon Valley
480 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95112
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

February 20, 2019 - Contracting with California State Government
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

February 20, 2019 - Russian-Speaking Community Partners Capitol Reception
Hosted by Russian American Media
Eureka/Rotunda Room of CA State Capitol
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
5 - 6 p.m. VIP Reception
6 - 7:30 p.m. Program
Register at http://www.russianamericanmedia.com/our-events/russian-capitol-reception/

February 20, 2019 - 8th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit Training
Hosted by OPPS4VETS
Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Register at https://wherecommunitiesserveveterans.org/Annual-Business-Summit/

February 22, 2019 - Small Business Procurement Certification Workshop
Hosted by Business on the Edge, Inc., Margaret Jackson AM 1220 KDOW Radio
Location TBD
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Registration coming soon!

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/

March 12, 2019 - Contracting with the State Workshop
Hosted by Caltrans District 3
Caltrans District 3 Office
703 B Street
Marysville, CA 95901
9 a.m. - Noon
Registration coming soon!

April 3, 2019 - Contracting with California State Government   
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Caltrans West Venture Building
1031 Butte Street
Redding, CA 96001
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

April 4, 2019 - Contracting with California State Government   
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Caltrans Eureka
1656 Union Street
Eureka, CA 95501
9 a.m. - Noon
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

April 4, 2019 - Contracting with California State Government   
Hosted by Norcal PTAC
Seaquake Brewing
400 Front Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
5 - 8 p.m.
Register at http://www.norcalptac.org/calendar

April 4, 2019 - Central Valley Business Diversity Expo
Hosted by Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
1444 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration coming soon!

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

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 

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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