The State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) celebrates state departments and small business (SB) and disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) advocates for outstanding achievements in SB/DVBE advocacy and contracting.

Awards

Notable Achievement

Awarded to departments that achieve 30 percent or higher for their small business participation goal and achieve 5 percent or higher for their disabled veteran business enterprise participation goal.

Most Improved Small Business Participation

Awarded to state departments for outstanding improvement over the previous fiscal year in their small business participation. Awards are presented to agencies in the following categories: extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large.

Most Improved DVBE Participation

Awarded to state departments for outstanding improvement over the previous fiscal year in their disabled veteran business enterprise participation. Awards are presented to agencies in the following categories: extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large.

Agency of the Year

Awarded to state departments or agencies for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance the state’s SB/DVBE programs. In comparison to past performance, these departments continue to exceed goals and models the way for other state agencies.

Advocate of the Year

Awarded to SB/DVBE advocates for their outstanding achievements in supporting, promoting and contracting with SB/DVBEs. The advocates mentor others and actively engage the SB/DVBE community.

Employee of the Year

Awarded to a state employee for their outstanding and instrumental indirect support to their department's efforts in SB/DVBE contracting.

Angel Carrera Leadership Award

Awarded to the leader who provided outstanding support to the efforts of their employees, program, and department in SB/DVBE contracting. This individual worked with their SB/DVBE Advocate, other leaders within their organization, and procurement staff to inspire and innovate their department’s SB/DVBE contracting practices.

New! – Reciprocity Partner of the Year

Awarded to organizations that accept the state of California’s small business (SB) and/or disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) certifications who encourage and promote the state’s SB/DVBE program, and significantly use DGS’ SB/DVBE database for their procurements.

Advocate Innovation

Awarded to an SB/DVBE advocate based on creativity and “thinking outside the box.” The advocate’s innovative efforts contribute to the overall success of the state of California’s commitment to provide exemplary service to our SB/DVBE community.

Diversity Outreach

Awarded to a state department or agency that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in their outreach efforts.

Secretary’s Special Achievement

Awarded to a state department, agency or individual whose best practices, innovation and advocacy efforts allow them to go above and beyond in exceeding the state’s SB/DVBE contracting goals.

Governor’s

Awarded to a state agency or department that best exemplifies excellence and innovation in providing contracting opportunities to SB/DVBE firms.

SARA Ceremonies

contact

Office of Small Business and DVBE Services

Department of General Services

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