This webpage provides resources and best practices for buyers and SB/DVBE advocates throughout the state of California to support the inclusion of Small Businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) in state procurement.

Reference Guide – Assist Small Businesses (SB) & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) with state contracting

Guía de Referencia –Asista a las Pequeñas Empresas (SB) y a las Empresas de Veteranos Discapacitados (DVBE) con la contratación estatal (Folleto en español)

A resource for state buyers, advocates, and DGS' strategic partners and reciprocity partners to support your knowledge of the SB and DVBE programs and help SBs, DVBEs, and potential certified firms navigate the state certification and procurement process.

State Agencies Best Practices Library

Best Practices are innovative ways buyers throughout the state improve and simplify their procurement process to increase their department's SB/DVBE participation numbers.

SB/DVBE Buying Guide

A tool to help locate potential SB/DVBEs for procurement opportunities. The guide will ask a series of questions to direct you to the appropriate resource(s).

Statewide SB/DVBE Procurement Data Dashboard

Use this dashboard to support your efforts to contract with SBs and DVBEs. You can see your departments total spend for certified versus non-certified firms as well as products and services your department most commonly purchases from non-certified firms. You can also review a list of certified firms who have previously provided those same products and services to the state and certified suppliers who list those product and service UNSPSC codes on their certification profiles. This tool is intended to help you shift spend from non-certified firms to certified firms in future procurements. Also, use the dashboard to sort by UNSPSC code to look at your department’s common acquisition methods for goods and services. This may help you identify opportunities to utilize the SB/DVBE Option in future procurements.

DGS Small Business First YouTube video

SB/DVBE First Policy

Departments can adopt a SB/DVBE First policy to support procurement with SBs and DVBEs. A SB/DVBE First policy helps departments streamline the procurement processes for buyers, such as using the SB/DVBE Option. Each policy varies from one department to the next, but all have a common theme. The policies strongly require procurement opportunities be fulfilled by a SB/DVBE.

To request a copy of any of the policies listed below, email

Departments with a SB/DVBE First Policy

  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Coastal Commission
  • Department of Community Services & Development
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • First 5 California
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • California Gambling Control Commission
  • Department of General Services
  • Department of Health Care Services
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Public Health
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Student Aid Commission
  • Department of Technology
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

Government Codes and Directives

Below are directives that support state agencies in their advocacy, outreach, and contract participation with certified small businesses and disabled veteran business enterprises.


Government Code Chapter 6.5. Small Business Procurement and Contract Act [14835 - 14847]

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Small Business Procurement and Contract Act.

Government Code 14836. (a) The Legislature hereby declares that it serves a public purpose, and it is of benefit to the state, to promote and facilitate the fullest possible participation by all citizens in the affairs of the State of California in every possible way. It is also essential that opportunity is provided for full participation in our free enterprise system by small business enterprises.

Government Code ARTICLE 2. Small Business Advocacy [14845 - 14847] Provides the state authority to conduct outreach and education to assist certified Small Businesses and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise suppliers.

Government Code 14846 (3) Agencies shall identify a Small Business Advocate and encourage them to develop and share innovative procurement and contracting practices to increase opportunities for small businesses who have expenditures exceed $100,000.

Assembly Bill 657 Small Business Liaison Clarifies actions for state agencies that are required to designate at least one person as a small business liaison.


Government Code 14836 (a) (1) Using existing resources, each state agency shall consolidate its existing staff functions that relate to contract opportunities for small business into a single point of contact for small businesses and designate a small business advocate as a liaison to small business suppliers.

Small Business Contract Participation

Executive Order S-02-06 Establishes a 25 percent small business participation goal in state contracts

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Contract Participation

Executive Order D-43-01 and Military and Veteran Code (MVC) 999-999.13 Article 6 (a) Mandates a 3% goal award to certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise firms in all state contracts (where permissible) Military and Veteran Code Div. 4 Chapter 6 990-999.80

Permissible Diversity Outreach

Senate Bill 1045 (Polanco) Public Employment and Contracting was signed into law in 2001 and updated by Senate Bill 1442 (Liu) in 2016. The bill authorizes focused outreach activities in addition to general outreach for the purposes of increasing diversity in the state’s contracting and procurement activities in a post Proposition 209 environment.

Specifically, Senate Bill 1045, while granting that existing provisions of the California Constitution prohibit discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity, and gender in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting, declares the intent of the Legislature to reaffirm diversity as a public policy goal in public employment and public contracting.


Office of Small Business and DVBE Services
Department of General Services

707 Third Street
West Sacramento, CA 95605