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.

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).  

PDF version of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

Attend a council meeting by Zoom Webinar

2017 / 2018 Meetings

  • Next Meeting
  • December 18, 2018
  • Caltrans District 11
  • 4050 Taylor Street
  • San Diego, CA 92110
  • 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Agenda

  • September 5, 2018 - Agenda (PDF) | Draft Meeting Minutes (PDF)

  • June 27, 2018 - ​Agenda (Doc) | Meeting Minutes (Doc) | PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) | Travel Procedures (Doc) | Go-Biz Handout (PDF) | Go-Biz Notes (Doc) | Design Build Air Resources Board Handout (PDF) | Design Build O St. Handout (PDF)
  • March 14, 2018 - Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Minutes (PDF) | Council Meeting Presentation (PDF) Insurance Presentation (PDF) | Insurance Handout (PDF) | GO-Biz Presentation (PDF) | Hensel Phelps Presentation (PDF) | Legislative Update (PDF) | SB 605 Presentation (PDF) | DVBE Regulations Update (PDF) | Charter Amendments (PDF) | 2018 Strategic Plan Recommendations (Doc)​
  • December 6, 2017 - Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Minutes (PDF) | SBC Proposed Charter Amendments (PDF) | SBC Presentation (PDF) | Legislative Update (PDF) | CA Waterfix Handout (PDF)

  • September 6, 2017 - Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Minutes (PDF) | SBC Presentation (PDF) | Contract Update Presentation (PDF) | CA Water Fix Project Presentation (PDF) | Infrastructure Fact Sheet (PDF) | SBC Proposed Charter Amendments (PDF) | CALPIA Organizational Chart (PDF)

    2016 / 2017 Meetings

  •  June 7, 2017 - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) | SBC Presentation (PDF) l SBC New Members Bio (PDF) l Legislative Update Presentation (PDF) l GO-Biz Update (PDF) l Best Practices Checklist (PDF) l Plan of Improvement (PDF) l Joint Venture Presentation (PDF) l Food Acquisitions Unit Contracts (PDF) l Acquisitions Branch Look Ahead (PDF) l One Time Acquisitions Pending Request (PDF) l Resource Support and Logistics Management (RSLM) Submitted Contract Ideas (PDF) l SBC Strategic Goals 2017 (PDF) l Outreach Strategic Goal 2017 (PDF)
  • March 8, 2017 - Agenda (PDF) l Final Draft Meeting Minutes (PDF) l SBC Presentation (PDF) l 2017 SBC Strategic Plan Recommendations (PDF) l One Time Acquisition Procurement Opportunities (PDF) l Mike Daniel Bio (PDF) l Business Development Program Presentation (PDF) l Disposable Food Service Supplies (PDF) l Acquisitions Upcoming Solicitations (PDF)
  • December 7, 2016 - Agenda (PDF) l Draft Meeting Minutes - September 14, 2016 (PDF) l SB-DVBE Highlight (PDF) l SB/DVBE Participation in State Contracting FY 2015-16 (PDF) l PD Upcoming Solicitations (PDF) l DVBE Substitutions (PDF)
  • September 14, 2016 (Long Beach, CA) - Agenda (PDF) l Minutes - June 8, 2016 (PDF) l 2017 Renewal Letter (PDF)

  • Ad Hoc - Subcommittee Meetings

    2016 Small Business Advisory Council Strategic Plan (PDF)

    September 1, 2016 - Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting Minutes (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 Angela Shell, Deputy Director of the Procurement Division and Aubry Stone, a Small Business member of the Council. 

    Mrs. Shell is assisted by her alternate, Angel Carrera, Chief of the Certification and Outreach Branch.


    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. 

    An applicant must be either a certified small business/disabled veteran business enterprise owner or a Small Business or DVBE association representing at least thirty-five (35) members, organized under the laws of California and have a small business interest in State contracting, procurement and projects - specifically in the areas of commodities, construction, IT goods and services, and professional services.

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

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

    To arrange for travel to a council meeting see the Travel Procedures

    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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