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.

2017 / 2018 Meetings

  • December 6, 2017 - Coming Soon!

  • September 6, 2017
    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
    700 N. Alameda St. Room 2-456
    Los Angeles, 90012

    2016 / 2017 Meetings

  •  June 7, 2017 - Agenda (PDF) l 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) l

    2015 / 2016 Meetings

  • June 8, 2016 - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l Small Business Marketing Video Update (PDF) l Legislative Update (PDF) l Contracts Update (PDF) l PD Upcoming Solicitations (PDF) l 2016 SBC Strategic Plan Recommendations (PDF) l California High-Speed Rail Update (PDF)
  • March 2, 2016 - Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes 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 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  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 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 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)

  • 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 Ricardo Martinez, Acting Deputy Director of the DGS Procurement Division and Aubry Stone, a Small Business member of the Council. 

    Mr. Martinez 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. 

    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 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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