DGS hosted more than 170 business professionals including construction entrepreneurs, along with 80 state, federal and nonprofit resource partners during the State of California Winter Business Showcase on Feb. 22 at DGS headquarters in West Sacramento.

Small businesses had the opportunity to learn how they can take advantage of government contracting opportunities. They participated in matchmaking interviews, auditorium presentations and education sessions.

“This event is part of DGS’ commitment to work with other state agencies to provide contracting opportunities for small businesses and disabled veteran businesses,” said Tanya Little, the governor’s appointee to the DGS Procurement Division’s Business Development program.

The Business Development program collaborates with state agencies and a variety of business groups to promote commerce with small businesses and disabled veteran business enterprises, and underrepresented business groups. “The program’s mission is essential to California’s continued economic growth,” Little said.

DGS collaborated with the following to make the event possible:

  • Jesse Torres, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Jamie Jones, California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Courtney Adams, Franchise Tax Board
  • Rich Zmuda, Department of Water Resources
  • Janet LaPerle, California State Teachers’ Retirement System
  • Mc Kensie Pimley, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Kelly Schluter and Damon Dorn, Department of Transportation
  • Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Rick Lopes, Contractors State License Board

To learn how you can do business with the state of California, visit the DGS Business Development program’s webpage online at

Departments statewide awarded approximately $8.1 billion in total contracts in fiscal year 2015-16, with almost $2.5 billion going to small businesses and $349 million going to disabled veteran businesses.

The next business showcase is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018.

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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