DGS 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.

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Small Business Advisory Council Meetings

The purpose of this committee is to recommend strategies to communicate the benefits of certification throughout the small business community and to increase the number of small business firms that are certified.

Meetings of the full council and of the committees are open to the public and are subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Government Code Sections 11120-11132). 

For assistance connecting to a webinar, please contact:

Tasha Nomura-Stewart:
916.375.4567 or

2016 / 2017 Meetings

  • December 7, 2016 - Coming Soon!
  • September 2016 (TBD) - Coming Soon!
  • June 8, 2016 - Coming Soon!

  • 2015 / 2016 Meetings

  • June 8, 2016 - Coming Soon!
  • March 2, 2016 - Agenda (PDF) l Draft - December 16, 2015 Meeting Minutes (PDF) l PD Upcoming Solicitations (PDF) l OBAS Upcoming Solicitations (PDF) l Commercially Useful Function (CUF) Overview (PDF) l Overview of Introduction of State Contracting Workshop (PDF)
  • December 16, 2015 - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Draft Meeting Minutes - September 2, 2015 (PDF) l Ad Hoc Meeting Notes - December 1, 2015 (PDF) l SB/DVBE Participation in State Contracting (PDF) l Cal eProcure Registration Instructions (PDF) l Legislative Update (PDF) l Cal eProcure Webinar Presentation (PDF) l Reciprocity Presentation (PDF) l Proposed Revised Charter (PDF) l MWD Presentation (PDF)
  • September 2, 2015 - Agenda (PDF) l June 11 Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Small Business Council Presentation (PDF) l Small Business Council Members Bio (PDF) l CMAS Presentation (PDF) l Bid Opportunities (PDF) l Food Acquisition Solicitations (PDF) l Small Business Advocate 1984-90-Jesse Torres (PDF)
  • 2014 / 2015 Meetings

  • June 11, 2015 - Agenda (PDF) l Mar. 3 Meeting Minutes (PDF) l May 5 Ad Hoc Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Gov. Brown Announces Appointments (PDF) l SB/DVBE State Contracting Participation (PDF) l DGS One Time Acquisition Bid Opportunities (PDF) l Bills Affecting SB/DVBEs (PDF) l Potential Small Business Contracting Opportunities (PDF) l 
  • March 3, 2015 - Agenda (PDF) l Dec. 10 Meeting Minutes (PDF)CA Transportation Commission Presentation (PDF) l Caltrans Presentation (PDF) l Dept of Industrial Relations Presentation (PDF) l Fi$Cal Presentation (PDF) l Legislative Update (PDF) l Upcoming Solicitations (PDF)
  • December 10, 2014 - Webinar Login LinkAgenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l State Agency Recognition Awards Ceremony Invitation (PDF) l Dept. of Health Care Services Presentation (PDF) l Fi$Cal Presentation (PDF) l Legislative Update (PDF) l Legislative Committee Assignments (PDF) l PD Upcoming Solicitations (PDF)
  • September 3, 2014 - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l 2014 Strategic Plan (PDF) l Strategic Plan Recommendations (PDF) l Legislative Subcommittee Meeting Minutes (PDF) l High-Speed Rail Presentation (PDF) l HSR August Newsletter (PDF) l HSR Cap & Trade Map (PDF) l HSR Construction Contractors List (PDF) l HSR Construction Package (PDF) l Legislative Bill Update (PDF) l RESD Meet the Buyers Event Flyer (PDF) l PD Upcoming Solicitations (PDF)

    2013 / 2014 Meetings

  • June 18, 2014 (Strategic Plan Session - Open to Small Business Advisory Council members ONLY) - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Updated 2011 Strategic Plan (PDF) l Summary of Accomplishments (PDF)
  • March 5, 2014 - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l PD Bill Summary (PDF) l RESD Upcoming Solicitations (PDF) l  Prime Tire Contractors (PDF) l Mandatory Tire Contracts by District and Group (PDF) l Upcoming Food Contracts (PDF) l CUF Presentation (PDF) l CUF Evaluation Worksheet (PDF) l Reverse Auctions in Federal Agency Acquisitions (PDF) l RESD Meet the Buyers Event Flyer (PDF)
  • December 4, 2013 - Agenda (PDF)  l  Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Escalation Analysis (PDF) l Legislative Bill Summary (PDF) l Upcoming Construction Projects (PDF) l  Services for Bid (PDF) l Metropolitan Water District Bay-Delta Initiatives (PDF)
  • September 4, 2013 - Agenda (PDF)  l Minutes (PDF) l RESD Building Property Management Branch (PDF) l GO-BIZ Presentation (PDF) l DGS Bundled - Unbundled Contracts (PDF) l Tracked Legislative Bills (PDF)

  • 2012 / 2013 Meetings

  • June 5, 2013 - Agenda (PDF)  l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Small Business Regulations Presentation (PDF) l FY 2011-12 Annual Report (PDF) l Legislative Summary (PDF)
  • March 13, 2013 - Agenda (PDF)  l  Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Administrative Office of the Courts Update (PDF) l Legislative Summary (PDF) 
  • December 5, 2012 - Agenda (PDF)  l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l  Fi$Cal Presentation (PPT)  l  Contract Management Presentation (PPT)
  • September 12, 2012 - Agenda (PDF)  l Enrolled and Chartered Bills (PDF) l Consolidated Annual Reports FY 09-10 and FY 10-11 (PDF)  l  California High-Speed Rail Authority Handouts (PDF)  l  Administrative Office of the Courts flyer (PDF)  l  Responses to SBC Member Questions (PDF)  

    2011 / 2012 Meetings

  • June 13, 2012 - Agenda (MS Word)  l  Meeting Minutes  l (PDF) Proposed Reorganization Plan (PDF)  l  Fi$CAL Presentation (PDF) l  California's Darker Shade of Green Presentation (PDF)
  • March 7, 2012 - **Special Workshop Meeting Agenda  l  How to do Business Presentation (PDF)  l  How to do Business Brochure (PDF)  l eProcurement Instructions (PDF)  l  I'm Certified, Now What (PDF)  l Construction Advocates (MS Excel) l Upcoming Solicitations (MS Excel)
  • January 25, 2012 - Agenda l  Meeting Minutes (PDF) l  Agenda Packet Tab # 5 - RESD Projects  l  Agenda Packet Tab #7 - 2012 SBC Meeting Dates  l  Legislative Bills
  • September 14, 2011 - Agenda l  Minutes 

    2010 / 2011 Meetings

  • June 8, 2011 - Agenda  l  Legislative Update  l  RESD Upcoming Solicitations  l  Dept of Water Resources Presentation
  • March 16, 2011 - Agenda  l  Minutes
  • December 8, 2010 -  Agenda  l  Minutes  l  Legislative Track                           Policy Track  l  Program Track  l  Draft SB/DVBE Off-Ramp Policy  l  List of Current Bundled / Unbundled Statewide Contracts
  • September 15, 2010 - CANCELLED

  • 2009 / 2010 Meetings

  • June 9, 2010  -  Agenda
  • March 10, 2010 -  Agenda
  • December 16, 2009 -  Agenda  l  Minutes
  • September 9, 2009 -  Agenda
  • June 10, 2009 -  Agenda  l  Minutes

      2008 / 2009 Meetings

      2007 / 2008 Meetings

      2006 / 2007 Meetings

      2005 / 2006 Meetings

      2004 / 2005 Meetings

    • April 27, 2005 -  Agenda  l  Presentation #1  l  Presentation #2
      • Ad Hoc - Subcommittee Meetings

        2016 Small Business Advisory Council Strategic Plan (PDF)

        April 5, 2016 - 2016 Strategic Plan Recommendation #3: Make local governments apply state SB/DVBE rules when doing projects with pure state money l Agenda (PDF)

        April 13, 2016 - 2016 Strategic Plan Recommendation #2: Enforce Commercially Useful Function (CUF) Compliance before, during and after contract award (to make sure businesses are doing the work they state they perform) l Agenda (PDF)


        The Advisory Council is co-chaired by both Jim Butler, Deputy Director of the DGS Procurement Division and Aubry Stone, a Small Business member of the Council. 

        Mr. Butler is assisted by his alternate, Angel Carrera, Branch Chief of the DGS Procurement Division, Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services, Certification and Outreach.


        In 2004, the DGS decided to revitalize the Small Business Advisory Council.  A Charter was adopted that contains guidelines for operation of the council and criteria for membership. 

        The council membership was reconstituted, in accordance with the new requirement that members represent segments of the small business community through established trade associations or community organizations. 

        To apply for the Small Business Advisory Council, see the SBC Application.

        For more information, see the Charter and the SBC Roster.

        Contact the Small Business Advisory Council Coordinator

        For information about the DGS Small Business Advisory Council or to apply for membership, please contact Angel Carrera by telephone at (916) 375-5975 or by email at
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