SACRAMENTO – the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) received top honors for doing business with the California Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE) community.  Every year the Department of General Services and a team of state agencies recognize top performing SB/DVBE advocates from various state agencies for their contributions to the economy.  The California small business and disabled veteran business program is an executive ordered and legislatively mandated program that requires state agencies to award contracts to California small businesses.
“I encourage small businesses to compete for awards. The team’s hard work and accomplishments are a positive reflection of the contributions CDCR makes to California’s economy.”  Said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard
Lisa Tacket, SB/DVBE advocate at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) was named Advocate of the Year (Gold) for her outstanding commitment to excellence, staff development, and dedication to small business contracting.  During fiscal year 2012-13 the team at KVSP awarded 75 percent of their annual contracts to small businesses and 6.46 percent with disabled veteran owned businesses.  KVSP received California’s distinguished Silver State Agency Recognition Award (SARA) for program excellence.

The California Institution for Men (CIM) received the Silver SARA Award for program excellence.  During fiscal year 2012-13 CIM issued 94 percent of its contracting opportunities to small businesses and 13.81 percent with disabled veteran business enterprises.  Linda Langley, SB/DVBE advocate at Wasco State Prison, was named Advocate of the Year (Bronze) for her effort to prioritize training with staff and for overcoming geographical challenges when contracting with local suppliers. 

For additional information, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 445-4950 or by email at  

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