The Department of General Services (DGS) Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) is a group of representatives of the California small business community that provides input on policies and practices that impact small business participation in the state procurement and contracting process.

The SBAC assists DGS with the development of solutions to the state's procurement and contracting concerns, helps communicate information regarding DGS projects and programs of interest to the small business community, and provides a forum for interactive discussions.

Businesses that are not members of the council may attend but only comment during the public comment period at the end of the meeting. Businesses in need of help or advice to navigate the state contracting process may be better served by contacting our Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services at BusinessOutreach@dgs.ca.gov

The SBAC meets quarterly, in March, July, September, and December of each year.

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

Next Meeting - December 8, 2021

This is the last meeting of 2021. The meeting dates for 2022 will be determined at the December meeting.

Angela Shell, Co-Chair, Deputy Director, Procurement Division, Department of General Services.

Lee Cunningham, Co-Chair, CEO, Women Construction Owners & Executives.

Processes Committee

Focuses on making the procurement process easier for small businesses and increase procurement opportunities for small businesses.

Chair: Shaila Rao Mistry

Vice-chair: William Osgood

Members 
Brett Housholder 
Charlotta Carter 
Chris Chavez 
Don Stoneham 
Jai Sharma 
Kit Wong 
Lee Cunningham 
Lori Kammerer 
Merv Cutler 
Philip Vermeulen 
Shobha Mallarapu 
Stephen Simpson

 

Outreach, Education and Legislation Committee

Works to improve available education and training on the state bidding and contracting process to include more businesses and create networks and partnerships to increase opportunities for small businesses.

Chair: Michael Daniel

Members 
Alfredo Daniel Garza 
Azizza Davis Goines 
Betty Jo Toccoli 
Brett Housholder 
Frank Louie 
Jai Sharma
Jay King 
Julian Canete 
Lee Cunningham 
Maria Solano 
Paul Guerrero 
Savita Farooqui 
Shaila Rao Mistry 
Shobha Mallarapu

 

Commercially Useful Function Committee

Focuses on resolving and preventing issues regarding commercially useful function through improved processes, compliance, and accountability.

Chair: Philip Vermeulen

Members 
Jai Sharma 
Kit Wong 
Lee Cunningham 
Lori Kammerer 
Sandra Escalante 
Shaila Rao Mistry 
Stephen Simpson

Next Meeting

December 8, 2021

Attend online by Zoom

Meeting Details

Contact

Office of Small Business and DVBE Services

Department of General Services

707 Third Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605
DGSSBCouncil@dgs.ca.gov