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Small Business Utilization Center

MISSION

Our Small Business Utilization Center serves as the regional liaison and advocate for small businesses within Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. As the regional advocates for small business owners, our mission is to promote among all small businesses increased access to GSA's nationwide procurement opportunities.

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

We promote and facilitate the following programs and activities for small business owners by:

  • Working with contracting officers to highlight small businesses for specific contracts;
  • Counseling potential vendors on the government procurement process;
  • Providing marketing resources;
  • Participating in outreach activities; and
  • Conducting monthly workshops.

PROCUREMENT PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

Like all federal agencies, GSA has procurement preference goals for contracting with small businesses. Procurement preference goals are a performance measure that we strive to achieve through our various programs. The small business procurement preference categories are:

  • HUBZone
  • Section 8(a)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran Owned
  • Small
  • Small Disadvantaged
  • Veteran Owned
  • Women Owned

We also advocate for federally recognized Native Sovereign Nations and tribal organizations.

More about how GSA helps small businesses >

Bookmark this page: gsa.gov/r9smallbusiness.

CONTACTS

Pamela Smith-Cressel
(213) 894-3210

Anthony Caruso
(213) 894-3210

Lori Falkenstrom
(510) 637-1413

WORKSHOPS

Webinar Icon Doing Business with GSA is a free seven-part webinar series on accessing opportunities for small business owners.

Webinar dates and times >

REFERENCES

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers additional references for the following small business procurement preference categories:


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