Pictured left to right: Undersecretaries Paul Benedetto & Anna Brannen, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Administration Melissa Matsuura and Technology Agency Secretary Carlos Ramos.

SACRAMENTO – The California Technology Agency was recognized in the ‘Best Practices’ category of the California Department of General Services’ annual State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA). Since last year, the Agency increased contracts with Small Businesses and Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprises over 19 percent.

“The Technology Agency is focused on the success of small businesses and disabled veterans businesses, they are California’s economic engines,” said Agency Secretary Carlos Ramos. “The more small businesses grow, the greater the increase in job opportunities and the more we enhance the competitiveness essential to keep California’s economy thriving.”

The State Agency Recognition Awards honor state departments and employees for their creativity and outstanding achievements to advance Small Business advocacy and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) programs.

State departments work to meet a goal of at least 25 percent of purchasing and contracting with small businesses. California’s Veterans and Military Code requires a goal to purchase at least 3 percent of all goods and services from Disabled Veterans Enterprises.

For more information about California’s Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services, please visit http://www.dgs.ca.gov/pd/Programs/OSDS.aspx.