Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advocate Information

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.  The small business & DVBE advocate's duties must at minimum, include the following services:
  • Make information regarding pending solicitations available to, and consider offers from, California small business suppliers capable of meeting the state's business need.
  • Ensure that payments due on a contract with a small business are made promptly, as provided for in Government Code, Section 927 et seq.  For more information, see the Prompt Payment Program
      Authority Should you have any questions regarding the Small Business & DVBE Advocate information, please contact

Small Business and DVBE Advocates Directory

The SB/DVBE Advocates Directory (MS Excel) is updated on a weekly basis.

Advocate Workshops

  • September 11 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) | Agenda (PDF)
  • May 9, 2017 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Invitation (PDF) l Agenda (PDF)
  • February 16, 2017 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Invitation (PDF) l Agenda (PDF)
  • February 10, 2016 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Agenda (PDF) l Meeting Minutes (PDF) l 

Advocate Workshop Archive

  • September 23, 2015 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Agenda (PDF) l 
  • May 20, 2015 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Invitation (PDF) l Agenda (PDF) l Workshop Minutes (PDF) l SB 854 News Letter (PDF) l Advocate List-Proc Instructions (PDF)
  • January 28, 2015 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Invitation (PDF) l Agenda (PDF) l Workshop Minutes (PDF)
    November 4, 2014 - Advocate's Workshop (for State Agencies Only) l Agenda (PDF)l Workshop Minutes(PDF)
  • September 17, 2014 - Advocate's Meeting (for State Agencies Only) l Agenda (PDF)
  • Advocate Resources

    Program Information - Advocate Toolkit

  • Program Overview (PDF) 
  • Chapter 1: Roles and Responsibilities (PDF) 
  • Chapter 2: Program Planning (PDF)
  • Chapter 3: Policy Statements (PDF)
  • Chapter 4: Legislation (PDF)
  • Chapter 5: Small Business Program (PDF)
  • Chapter 6: DVBE Program (PDF)
  • Chapter 7: Training and Information Requests (PDF)
  • Chapter 8: Outreach (PDF)


  • Department of Water Resources DVBE Exemption Policy Statement (PDF)
  • Mentor Checklist (PDF)
  • SB/DVBE Resources and Tools (PDF)
  • Tool Kit Glossary (PDF)

     Examples of DVBE Incentives

  • Contracting Best Practices


    Other Resources

  • Program Subsitutions and Abuse (PDF)
  • SB/DVBE Option (PDF) 
  • Increasing SB & DVBE Contracting Participation (PDF)

  • Departments with SB/DVBE First Policy

  • Department of General Services (PDF)
  • Franchise Tax Board (PDF)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (PDF)
  • Department of Public Health (PDF)
  • California Highway Patrol (PDF)
  • California Department of Technology (PDF)
  • California Public Utilities Commission (PDF)
  • Department of Consumer Affairs (PDF)
  • Department of Health Care Services (PDF)
  • For Advocate Use Only: Advocate Update Form

    Please update your Advocate contact information if you are no longer you department's advocate; need to update your information; or are replacing a current advocate using the form below:

  • Small  Business/DVBE Advocates Directory Update Form
  • Customer Forums - For State Agencies ONLY

    The purpose of the Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division (PD) State Agency Customer Forum is to provide information to State Purchasing and Contracting Officials, Purchasing Authority Contacts, Buyers, and Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Advocates about upcoming statewide contracts, policy changes, legislative updates, SB/DVBE outreach events and information about PD's projects and programs.
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