RESD Outreach award 9-2014The Department of General Services was honored recently with the California Black Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Diversity and Procurement Award.

DGS Real Estate Services Division deputy director Sheral Gates and the RESD Outreach Team accepted the award at the annual Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit.

Through its Real Estate Services Division’s (RESD) small business outreach program, DGS works to provide small business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) businesses opportunities to become familiar with the goods and services purchased by all RESD branches.  The outreach team attends and conducts events to provide businesses with the guidance and direction they need to be success at contracting with RESD.   Educating this target group on the kinds of goods and services that are purchased by RESD also helps DGS to meet and exceed California’s contract participation goals of 25 percent for small business and 3 percent for DVBEs.

Read more about contracting opportunities with the DGS Real Estate Services Division.

Photo from left to right: Dr. Robert Gaines Sr., California Black Chamber of Commerce board chair; Catrina Blair, small business outreach consultant with RESD small business outreach program; Sheral Gates, deputy director, RESD; Yolanda Hazewood, RESD small business outreach program manager; Aubry Stone, President/CEO California Black Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, CBCC Foundation.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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