How to Do Business With the State of CA

May 31 9:00 am — 12:00 pm

Did you know government agencies purchase almost everything – from custodial, construction, and IT, to pencils, pet food, and even goats for grazing! You can sell these items to CA State agencies as a new revenue stream for your business, but where do you get started?

Don’t miss out on this training for businesses new to state contracting or those who want a refresher. Understand the basics of state government contracting and get valuable information on how to get certified as a small business (SB) or disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) and begin selling your products and services to the state of California.

The CA DGS Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (CA DGS OSDS) will join us to get you the best tips and tricks for successfully selling your products or services to the State of California.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Introduction to SB/DVBE Program
  • Certification Eligibility
  • Certification Benefits
  • Cal eProcure
  • SB/DVBE Emergency Registry

This No-Cost Training Event is Co-Hosted by


San Francisco SBDC

San Francisco SBDC’s mission is to empower now and next-generation entrepreneurs with a prepared, growth mindset – through transformative insights, resources, and guidance.

SF SBDC is part of a 40-year national legacy committed to small business success. With unparalleled access to no-cost expertise from entrepreneurs who have seen it all, San Francisco County SBDC provides small businesses with the solutions they seek and the confidence they need to realize their dreams.

Women’s Business Center – San Jose

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center – San Jose provides training, counseling and other support services to help women entrepreneurs start and successfully grow their businesses. In addition, the center supports women business owners.

Women’s Business Center – Oakland

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center – Oakland provides training, counseling, and other support services to help women entrepreneurs start and successfully grow their businesses. In addition, the center supports women business owners.

The Inclusivity Project

Supported by the Northern California Small Business Development Centers, the Inclusivity Project (IP) serves primarily black and/or African American businesses. The Inclusivity Project is open to all business types and stages. We offer free business development classes and exclusive events to help members realize their business potential. The Inclusivity Project combines educationmentorship, and peer-to-peer connection, to help existing and aspiring entrepreneurs build a comprehensive business plan and help them prepare for the long road of business ownership.

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Registration Cost: FREE

*Space is limited

Location: IN PERSON – San Francisco, CA

City and County of San Francisco Permit Center
49 S Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA. 94103

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Event Contact: Norcal APEX Accelerator

P: (707) 267-7561


The information provided in this webinar/ workshop and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute professional financial or legal advice. No registrant should act or fail to act on the basis of any material contained in this webinar/ workshop without obtaining proper financial, legal or other professional advice specific to their situation. The Northern California APEX Accelerator, and its host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the information presented in this webinar/ workshop. By registering for this webinar/ workshop you acknowledge and agree that you have read, understood, accept and agree to the above disclaimer and that under no circumstances shall the Northern California APEX Accelerator or it’s host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, be held liable for any claims, losses, or damages of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way related to the information provided in this webinar/ workshop and/or the registrant’s use of or reliance on said information.

This No-Cost Training Event is Hosted by

Norcal APEX Accelerator

Northern California APEX Accelerator is a government-funded nonprofit formed to help small businesses find, bid on, and win contracts with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.

Meet Your Speaker

Chad Wright,

Business Outreach Liaison

CA DGS Office of Small Business & DVBE Services

Chad Wright currently serves as a Business Outreach Liaison at the Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services, California Department of General Services. In this role, he educates business owners about the benefits and opportunities of pursuing a Small Business (SB) certification, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) certification, and contract opportunities with the state of California.

Chad has more than 25 years of experience of working with labor-management trust funds in the construction industry. Most recently he was the director of a multi-state marketing trust fund and was charged with developing business relationships with local government and business stakeholders, promoting organizational and industry value, and enacting marketing programs and recruitment campaigns.

CA DGS Office of Small Business & DVBE Services (CA DGS OSDS)

The CA Department of General Services Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (CA DGS OSDS) commits to helping small, diverse and disabled veteran businesses thrive. OSDS assists businesses with certification and access to procurement opportunities through outreach, education and advocacy. OSDS also works to ensure the state as a whole and each department and agency meets the goal of spending 25% of contract dollars with California certified small businesses and 3% with disabled veteran business enterprises.