SBDC’s Webinar Series to help Small Businesses Do Business with DGS

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Dec 24, 2021


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SBDC will hold a series of webinars for small businesses to become certified to do business with the Department of General Services (DGS). This three-week series will be hosted every Wednesday, January 12-26, from 1-2 PM.

We covered this in Weekly Wire Roundup

Webinar Agenda

Representatives from the DGS Procurement Division will discuss how to:

  • Register with eProcurement
  • Become Small Business Certified
  • Pursue State of CA contract opportunities
  • Market to state agencies
  • Find bid opportunities and much more

$10B Gov Procurement: Benefits of becoming DGS Certified

The California state government spends approximately $10 billion annually on goods, services, and public works.

DGS encourages small businesses and businesses owned and operated by veterans with disabilities to register and become certified to do business with the state. Some benefits include the following:

  • Access to government contracts
  • Guarantee of payments on time
  • Availability of a variety of projects

Cal eProcure: Access to California State Contractors Register (CSCR)

Cal-eProcure becomes the portal for access to advertising bid opportunities with the state of California in the California State Contracts Register (CSCR). 

Pursuing Contract Opportunities with the State of California

To do business with state agencies, small and medium businesses need to be able to market their services effectively. In this regard, the state gives guidelines to make it easy to bid for relevant projects.

The video below gives a detailed briefing about marketing your business to the state agencies in California.

How does Procurement work? Conceptually and Procedurally

If you are looking for a hands-on deep dive into how procurement works and the acquisition methods of the state, the video below is a good resource to prepare you. Take, for instance, three types of contracts you might not even see advertised on Cal-e-Procure.

These include:

  • Contracts under $10,000 procured through Fair and Reasonable Methods
  • SB/DVBE Option = Contracts from $5,000 to $249,000 (or $333,000 in public works)
  • Emergency purchases

The link below provides a detailed list of business development resources for California State.

Business Development Resources

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