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State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA)

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 DVBE 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

Employee of the Year Award Awarded to the employee who provided outstanding and instrumental indirect support to their department's efforts in SB/DVBE contracting. This individual worked with their department's purchasing team(s), SB/DVBE advocates(s), SB/DVBE community and/or other personnel to achieve this success.
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