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Small Business Utilization Center


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.


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
  • Conducting in-person workshops


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.

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Pamela Smith-Cressel
(213) 894-3210

Anthony Caruso
(213) 894-3210

Lori Falkenstrom
(510) 637-1413


Doing Business with GSA is a six-part video series that makes it easier for small business to learn more about doing business with the federal government.

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Doing Business with GSA is also a two-hour classroom introduction to how to get a GSA Schedules contract. Upcoming dates/locations:

  • None currently scheduled in Arizona, California or Nevada

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The U.S. Small Business Administration offers additional resources and contracting support for the following small business procurement preference categories:

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