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2 Webinars Set for Small Businesses, Disabled Veteran Firms

Winning state contracts and improving one’s business profile in Cal eProcure are among the topics to be covered in the back-to-back free events.

The California Department of General Services (DGS) is taking part in two back-to-back webinars next week on how to do business with state government.

Speaking at both sessions will be Wayne Gross, business outreach liaison in the DGS Procurement Division’s Office of Small Business and DVBE (Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise) Services. The state’s goal is to award 25 percent of state contracts to certified small businesses and 3 percent of state contracts to certified DVBEs.

The first session, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., is called “Doing Business With State of California Department of General Services,” and its focus is to inform attendees how to pursue state contract opportunities and become a preferred bidder as a certified Small Business (SB) or DVBE. Specific topics of this session are the SB/DVBE Certification Program, finding bid solicitations, “SB/DVBE Advocates,” reciprocity, and Commercially Useful Function. Attendees should have “a basic knowledge of government contracting,” according to the event page, which includes more details and registration information.

The second session, which begins at 11 a.m. and also features Gross, is called “How to Do Business With the State and Updating Your Profiles.” Among the topics for this session will be how to use Cal eProcure, which calls itself “the state government marketplace,” and how to create a better profile within Cal eProcure. More details and registration for this event are on the event page.

Both webinars are free, but enrollment is limited.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.