I’m DVBE Certified, Now What?

Nov 3 10:00 am — 11:00 am

Get valuable information on how to best utilize your Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and your Small Business (SB) certification.

As a small business, you are not too small to land a contract. And if you’re a disabled veteran, the State of California has incentives for doing business with you. If you’re certified SB or DVBE then it’s time to pursue contract opportunities with California state government. Join us to learn how to find out which agencies buy what you sell, how to connect with SB/DVBE advocates, and how to elevate your business’s chances of winning a contract.

Webinar Topics Include:

  • Overview of NorCal VBOC
  • Improving your CAL eProcure profile
  • Bid solicitations
  • Research of Past Purchases
  • Reciprocity
  • Emergency Contracting
  • Commercially Useful Function
  • Resources

Meet Your Speaker

Joshua L. Howk

Business Outreach Liaison


Joshua L. Howk is a Business Outreach Liaison within the Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) for the State of California.  He connects small businesses and disabled veteran businesses to contracting opportunities via state and local government partnerships, driving new jobs and economic growth.  Before joining the Department of General Services (DGS), Joshua served over six years with the United States Air Force delivering information and resources to high value stakeholders on various projects.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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.

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Registration Cost:


Location: Virtual (Zoom Webinar)

Event Contact: Norcal APEX Accelerator

P: (707) 267-7561

E: info@norcalptac.org

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 event is part of Norcal APEX Accelerator’s National Veteran’s Small Business Week series. Register for the other events in this series below:

Maximizing VOSB/ SDVOSB Opportunities

Presented by the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs

November 1st, 2023 | 10 – 11 AM | Register Here >>

Certification Overview for Veteran Owned Businesses

November 2nd, 2023 | 10 – 11 AM |

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.

This No-Cost Training Event is Co-Hosted by

NorCal VBOC’s mission is to support veterans, transitioning service members – and their spouses with end-to-end support for long-term business success.