Norcal PTACNorthern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Earth Day Event with CA Water Resources & CA Parks & Recreation

Earth Day Event with CA Water Resources & CA Parks & Recreation

Friday, April 22, 2022 10:00am to 11:00am

Did you know that the State of California has goals to award 25% of their overall spend to Small Businesses (SBs) and 3% of their overall spend to Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs)? Last year California spent $2.8 billion on goods and services from SBs and they are highly motivated to increase that this year.

Join us on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and hear from SB/DVBE Advocates from the CA Dept. of Water Resources and CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation on their procurement needs. Will they buy from you next?


What is an SB/DVBE Advocate?

Each state agency and department with expenditures over $100,000 is required to appoint a person within their organization to serve as a Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE) Advocate.  SB/DVBE Advocates ensure that their organization creates set SB/DVBE program policies, and acts as a contact and resource person for small businesses wanting to sell to the state. 



Rich Zmuda, DM

SB/DVBE Program Manager

CA Department of Water Resources (CDWR)

CDWR spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually to acquire a diverse mix of goods and services ranging from ordinary commodities (office supplies) to specialized scientific/engineering and construc­tion-related materials, equipment and services, as well as various telecommunication and information technology (IT) goods and services.

Michele Sakamoto

SB/DVBE Advocate & Contract Analyst

CA Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)

The mission of CA DPR is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Leonard Bean

Procurement Specialist

Norcal PTAC

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Norcal PTAC) is a government funded nonprofit formed to help small businesses find, bid on, and win contracts with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies. Our no-cost services include one-on-one counseling, custom bid matching, training, resources, and networking opportunities.
Location: Virtual (Online)

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To receive one-on-one counseling, complete our online application and a member of Norcal PTAC will follow-up with you and help you achieve your procurement goals.
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This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

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