On November 13, 2013, the Department of General Services (DGS) presented awards to 45 state agencies and 14 state employees for their outstanding work with California small businesses and disabled veterans’ businesses at a ceremony held in Citrus Heights. According to the National Association of Business, small businesses employ more than 51 percent of the workforce in California.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our great state,” said DGS Director Fred Klass. “We applaud these organizations and state workers for their leadership in California, and their efforts to expand even in this difficult economy.”
Annually, state agencies work to meet a goal of doing at least 25 percent of purchasing and contracting with small businesses. Furthermore, California’s Veterans and Military Code’s goal is to purchase at least three percent of all goods and services from Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (DVBE).
“The state purchases approximately $8 billion annually in goods and services, construction and public works to serve the people of California. It is our responsibility to do all we can to support the businesses that are the engine of California’s economy,” added Klass.
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