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

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 Advocate Training Plan (PDF)
  • Tool Kit Glossary (PDF)

     Examples of DVBE Incentives

  • Program Subsitutions and Abuse (PDF)
  • Increasing SB & DVBE Contracting Participation (PDF)
  • State Agency Recognition Award Best Practices (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
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