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April 13, 2005

California: A Small Business Contracting Success Story

With all the problems surfacing over small businesses' involvement in the federal contract procurement process, it is refreshing to see California achieving phenomenal success in its ability to award state contracts to small businesses. The California Department of General Services is reporting that a record 30.21% of the total eligible state contracts were awarded to small businesses. This totaled $2.3 billion in state contracting dollars for small businesses. These figures far exceeded California's goals of 25% of all state contracts being awarded to small businesses.

California was also successful in awarding state contracts to disabled veteran business enterprises by achieving a 3.47 participation rate, exceeding the State's 3% goal.

California's focus on small businesses not only extends to direct contracting; California also encourages its large business suppliers to subcontract a certain percentage of work to small businesses and disabled veteran business enterprises.

Posted by Nick Infusino at 12:22 PM in Small Businesses | Permalink

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