*NEWS*SMALL BUSS GET CALIF COPIER CONTRAQ

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*NEWS*SMALL BUSS GET CALIF COPIER CONTRAQ

 user 2005-12-23 at 10:30:00 am Views: 68
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    Small Businesses Getting a Portion of California Computer/Photocopier Business
    DEC 2005
    New
    contracts for computer goods and copy machines reached through the
    California Strategic Sourcing Initiative are resulting in strong
    participation from small businesses and disabled veteran businesses,
    the Department of General Services announced yesterday.
    Reports to
    date show that more than 43 percent of purchases under the new
    photocopier contract with Sharp Corp. are being subcontracted to
    California small businesses, up from 19 percent in this category before
    strategic sourcing. Likewise, more than 27 percent of purchases under
    new contracts for computer goods with Gateway and the team of
    Hewlett-Packard, Western Blue and Insight Enterprises are being
    subcontracted to California small businesses, compared with 11.4
    percent in this category before strategic sourcing. In addition, 8.4
    percent of the computer purchases and 1.7 percent of the copier
    purchases are being subcontracted to disabled veteran business
    enterprises (DVBEs), up from 1.2 percent and 1.07 percent, respectively.
    “From
    the outset of the Strategic Sourcing Initiative, we have focused on
    creating opportunities for small businesses and disabled veteran
    businesses to grow and prosper,” said Fred Aguiar, Secretary of the
    State and Consumer Services Agency, which oversees DGS. “These
    contracts are outstanding examples of what strategic sourcing can
    achieve.”
    The contracts with Sharp, Gateway and the HP-Western
    Blue-Insight team were reached this summer. In addition to providing
    savings of 18 to 45 percent over the average prices previously paid by
    the State, all three contractors committed to subcontract at least 25
    percent of the dollar value of the contracts to California small
    businesses. In addition, Gateway and the HP-Western Blue-Insight team
    committed to subcontract at least 3 percent of the dollar value to
    DVBEs.
    All three contractors won their contracts based in part on
    their commitment to meet the State’s goal for small business
    participation. A fourth vendor, IBM, won a contract for notebook
    computers but did not commit to meet the goal. Since July, several more
    contracts for computer servers and storage devices have been awarded to
    vendors that have committed to meet the State’s goals for small
    businesses and DVBEs. In addition, West Sacramento-based GovStor, a
    certified California small business, won an exclusive contract to
    provide Sun Microsystems servers to the State of California.
    “We are
    excited to be working with so many small businesses and DVBEs as part
    of the Strategic Sourcing Initiative,” said DGS Director Ron Joseph.
    “Our commitment to these businesses goes beyond achieving a numerical
    goal. It reflects our experience that they create tremendous value for
    the State through their innovation and commitment to customer service.
    We continue to work with the vendor community to increase small
    business and DVBE participation in all categories of purchasing, and we
    look forward to even greater participation in the future.”