The 19th Annual State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) honored state departments and small business (SB) and disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) advocates for outstanding achievements in SB/DVBE advocacy and contracting.

The 19th Annual SARA Ceremony was held on January 23, 2019, at the Citrus Heights Community Center.

DGS SARA 2018 Highlights YouTube video

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Opening Ceremony by Araceli Mohseni and Michael Aguillio, Department of General ServicesOpening Ceremony by Araceli Mohseni and Michael Aguillio, Department of General Services

 

Presentation of the Colors by the Governor's Honor Guard

Presentation of the Colors by the Governor's Honor Guard

 

The National Anthem by Kaleo Ross and the Inner Vision Band

The National Anthem by Kaleo Ross and the Inner Vision Band


Welcome to SARA by Daniel Kim, Director, Department of General ServicesWelcome to SARA by Daniel Kim, Director, Department of General Services
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Greetings from our sponsor by Rick Fowler, Vice Chair, Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) Network.Greetings from our sponsor by Rick Fowler, Vice Chair, Elite Service Disabled Veteran
Owned Business (SDVOB) Network
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Katherine Webster, Founder, VetsInTech – Individual Business Excellence

Katherine Webster, Founder, VetsInTech – Individual Business Excellence

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Heritage Global Solutions – Business Excellence
(was unable to accept the award)
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Pictured from left to right: Frank Louie, Coreena Conley, Rick Fowler

Pictured from left to right: Frank Louie, Coreena Conley, Rick Fowler

The judges for the 19th Annual State Agency Recognition Awards were:

  • Frank Louie, California Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Julian Canete, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (not pictured)
  • Albert Renteria, Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center (not pictured)
  • Coreena Conley, Veterans Business Outreach Center
  • Rachel Fischer, San Diego Contracting Opportunities (not pictured)
  • Bob Mulz, Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network (not pictured)

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The Finalists for the Agency of the Year Award

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The Finalists for the Agency of the Year Award were:

  • Bureau of Automotive Repair
  • California Pollution Control Financing Authority
  • California Victim Compensation Board
  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Caltrans, Division of Procurement Contracts
  • California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Department of Business Oversight
  • Department of Child Support Services
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Health Care Services
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • First 5 California Children and Families Commission
  • Employment Development Department
  • California Public Employees Retirement System
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
  • Department of Technology
  • Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
  • Franchise Tax Board

The following CDCR Institutions:

  • CDCR, California Rehabilitation Center
  • CDCR, Avenal State Prison
  • CDCR, California Institution for Men
  • CDCR, California Institution for Women
  • CDCR, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
  • CDCR, Correctional Training Facility
  • CDCR, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • CDCR, Headquarters
  • CDCR, Ironwood State Prison
  • CDCR, Kern Valley State Prison
  • CDCR, Mule Creek State Prison
  • CDCR, North Kern State Prison
  • CDCR, Salinas Valley State Prison
  • CDCR, Wasco State Prison – Reception Center
  • CDCR, Deuel Vocational Institution

Presented by Darvin Manuel and Matt Zweier, Department of General Services

A group photo of all the Advocate of the Year Finalists

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The Finalists for the Advocate of the Year Award were:

  • Starr Berkey, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – California Rehabilitation Center
  • Eleanor Amith, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Avenal State Prison
  • Andy Muñoz, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
  • Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Headquarters
  • Francisco Rascon, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Ironwood State Prison
  • Carlos Flores, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Kern Valley State Prison
  • Yolanda Flores, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – North Kern State Prison
  • Shantill Castro, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Wasco State Prison
  • Andrea Pina, Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Donna Weber, Department of Food and Agriculture
  • John Reule, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Rebecca Alexander, Department of Transportation
  • Annetta Salhani, California Public Employee Retirement System

Presented by Lauren Sharon, SB/DVBE Advocate, Department of General Services

Departments with Notable Achievement

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The departments that exceeded 30 percent or higher for their small business participation goal and 5 percent or higher for their disabled veteran business enterprise goals were:

  • Department of Aging
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Department of Business Oversight
  • Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency
  • Department of Community Services and Development
  • Department of Conservation
  • State Controller’s Office
  • Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California State University Fresno
  • California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Department of Education
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority
  • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
  • California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
  • Fair Political Practices Commission
  • Department of Finance
  • Financial Information System for California Project
  • First 5 Children and Families Commission
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Gambling Control Commission
  • Department of Health Care Services
  • California Health Facilities Financing Authority
  • Department of Industrial Relations
  • Department of Insurance
  • California Law Revision Commission
  • Military Department
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training 
  • State Personnel Board
  • California Pollution Control Financing Authority
  • California Public Employment Relations Board
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Department of Rehabilitation
  • Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
  • San Diego River Conservancy
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commissio
  •  Scholarshare Investment Board
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • Board of State and Community Corrections 
  • Commission on State Mandates
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
  • Student Aid Commission
  • California Tahoe Conservancy
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Victim Compensation Board

Presented by Angel Hood and Casesar Gutierrez, Department of General Services

 

A group photo of all the Departments with Notable Achievement.

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Most Improved Small Business (SB) participation is based on meeting the 25 percent state goal and the difference between Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 participation numbers to FY 17-18 participation numbers.

Seismic Safety Commission

Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)

Participation rose from 10 percent to 91 percent

California Education Facilities Authority

Small Agency ($250,000 - $2 million)

Participation rose from 29 percent to 76 percent

Department of Pesticide Regulation

Medium Agency ($2 million - $20 million)

Participation rose from 31 percent to 62 percent

Department of Tax and Fee Administration

Large Agency ($20 million - $50 million)

Participation rose from 10 percent to 46 percent

Department of Parks and Recreation

Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)

Participation rose from 32 percent to 60 percent

 

Presented by Angel Carrera, Certification and Outreach Branch Chief, Department of General Services

A group photo of all the most improved disabled veteran business enterprise participation winners with the presenter, Russell Atterberry.

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Most Improved Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) participation is based on meeting the 3 percent state goal and the difference between fiscal year 2016-17 participation numbers to fiscal year 2017-18 participation numbers.

Scholarshare Investment Board

Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)

Participation rose from 0.2 percent to 29 percent

Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training

Small Agency ($250,000 - $2 million)

Participation rose from 5 percent to 46 percent

Department of Finance

Medium Agency ($2 million - $20 million)

Participation rose from 13 percent to 25 percent

Department of Tax and Fee Administration

Large Agency ($20 million - $50 million)

Participation rose from 2 percent to 23 percent

Franchise Tax Board

Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)

Participation rose from 7 percent to 18 percent

 

Presented by Russell Atterberry, Undersecretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

Franchise Tax Board - BronzeThe Franchise Tax Board accepts the Bronze agency of the year award.

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California Public Utilities Commission - SilverThe California Public Utilities Commission accepts the silver agency of the year award.

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Bureau of Automotive Repair - GoldThe Bureau of automotive repair accepts the gold agency of the year award.

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Presented by Nina Martinez, SB/DVBE Advocate, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Headquarters.

Annetta Salhani - Bronze

California Public Employees Retirement SystemAnnetta Salhani accepts the bronze advocate of the year award.

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John Reuel – Silver
Department of Motor VehiclesJohn Reule accepts the silver advocate of the year award.

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Eleanor Amith - Gold
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Avenal State Prison
Accepted by Nina Martinez, CDCR Headquarters

Nina Martinez accepts the gold advocate of the year award on behalf of Eleanor Amith.

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Presented by Andrea Pina, SB/DVBE Advocate, Department of Consumer Affairs.

Sarah Ward, Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Conservancy

Sarah Ward accepts the employee of the year award, presented by Angela Shell, Deputy Director, Procurement Division, Department of General Services.

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The Employee of the Year Award is a new award we introduced to recognize those state employees whose exceptional work supports their department’s efforts to achieve the SB and DVBE participation goals.

The nominees were:

  • Katlyn Harwood, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Correctional Center
  • Willy Little, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Avenal Correctional Institution
  • Max Lyulkin, Department of Health Care Services
  • Sarah Ward, Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Conservancy

Presented by Angela Shell, Deputy Director, Procurement Division, Department of General Services.

Andrea Pina, Department of Consumer Affairs

Andrea Pina accepts the small business advocate innovation award, presented by Jeff McGuire, Chief Deputy Director, Department of General Services

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Presented by Jeff McGuire, Chief Deputy Director, Department of General Services.

Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Headquarters

Nina Martinez accepts the Secretary's special achievement award, Presented by Daniel Kim, Director, Department of General Services

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Presented by Daniel Kim, Director, Department of General Services.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Headquarters

Nina Martinez and David Fong accept the Governor's Award for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Headquarters, Presented by Maral Farsi, Deputy Director of Legislative and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

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Accepted by Nina Martinez and David Fong

Presented by Maral Farsi, Deputy Director of Legislative and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Dickson Owino, Department of General ServicesDickson Owino receives a special recognition.

Dickson Owino provided analysis and reports of SB/DVBE achievement throughout the entire state to show successes and improvement. He contributed to the success of the Consolidated Annual Report and the CAR Dashboard. While he has moved on to new opportunities, the impact of his work will continue on.

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Angel Carrera, Chief, Certification and Outreach Branch, Department of General Services brings the ceremony to a close.

Angel Carrera, Chief, Certification and Outreach Branch, Department of General Services.
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Contact

Office of Small Business and DVBE Services

Department of General Services

707 Third Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605

DGSSARA@dgs.ca.gov