“The ability to recertify with the State of California was great.”
- Jacqueline Jones Love, Community Resources Group
“The workshop was informative for sure. However, it seemed to be geared for people who already had a good idea of what was on the agenda. It also seemed that it was designed for companies or individuals who had already made strides toward certifications and were ready to contact buyers. Another workshop like this would really benefit me because next time I will be more prepared. Especially if it follows the same agenda.”
- Joe Perez, Pro-tech Carpet and Tile Care
“I really enjoyed the meeting, it was very informative. I look forward to working with CDCR.”
- Aderus Sheriff, Inglewood Home Healthcare Agency
“It was so informative, so deep in details and full of contacts that we can get in touch with. I definitely enjoyed this very business oriented event and I will try to see if I can benefit my business by using some of the agencies that offer business opportunities. Thanks a lot for this event.”
– Oscar Flores, Oscar's Electric Inc.
“Michael Aguillio and I have been on board since the very beginning, I can honestly say that this event was the ultimate in getting people ACTUALLY certified and/or recertified! I opened the lab a half hour early at 9:30am and we all didn’t leave until 2:30pm. Several people have called me and I have given them my “one hour” ‘I’m Certified, now What?’ telephone workshop. The responses have all been positive and people want MORE, MORE, MORE!”
- Wayne D. Gross, Customer Liaison, Department of General Services
“I want to thank the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation for organizing the informative Small Business Certification Workshop at Cal State Dominguez Hills and including SBA’s 8(a) and government contracting divisions. Small business contracting at all levels of government is vital in helping America’s small businesses grow and create jobs.”
- Victor Parker, district director, Los Angeles SBA District Office
"Attending the SBWC event in Sacramento for the first time was very eye opening and informative! I heard that you can do business with the government, but didn't know how or where to start. At the conference, there were various people from state agencies giving excellent insite on how to find opportunities and bidding for contracts. I found the individual speakers very helpful. They explained the process from signing up with DGS to locating contracts to bid on. I would have liked to see more agencies informing us of their need. Overall, getting information on how to do business with the state has increased our avenues of creating revenue for the business."
—Murad Amer, Thrifty Medical Supply, Inc
“Small businesses are the engine of our economy—nearly 70 percent of jobs in the East Bay are created by enterprises with fewer than 100 employees,” said Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Chair of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. “This forum provided vital, hands-on support to empower local suppliers to take advantage of the myriad opportunities to do business with state and local agencies.”
—Hannah Greene, Communications Manager, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, District 5
"We thought that this was a very informative and productive program. Wish there were more like it."
—Vic Rollandi, President, SDV Services, Inc.
"I felt the Oakland event was helpful. I liked the panel and what they shared. It was great to meet staff and network."
—MariaElena De La Garza, Janus of Santa Cruz
"I made several contacts with buyers... I believe that making the connection and going forward...is crucial. "
—Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup)