Los Angeles County Departments Recognized for Contracting with Certified Small Businesses

Updated Nov. 22, 2017

On Tuesday at the Hall of Administration in Downtown Los Angeles, Chairman of the Board, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs co-hosted the Los Angeles County Department Recognition Awards. The inaugural event recognized Los Angeles County departments who led the charge in getting more contracts awarded to certified Local Small Business Enterprises (LSBEs), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs), and Social Enterprises (SEs).

Paul Goldman, Assistant Director-Contract Services Branch with Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services, Mark Pestrella, Director of Public Works and John L. Reamer, Director of Bureau of Contract Administration with the City of Los Angeles were recognized at the November 21, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting. For more event photos, visit our Facebook page.

The Contracting Connections small business utilization plan includes a goal for County departments to award 25 percent of eligible contracts to certified LSBEs and 3 percent of contracts to certified DVBEs by 2020.

“We established these goals because it’s smart economic development policy for our region to invest in its small business community,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “The work that you all are doing truly makes a difference in our region’s social outcomes through workforce and skill development.”

In Fiscal Year 2016-17, more than $245 million in awards went to certified LSBEs, more than $77 million went to certified SEs, and more than $16 million went to certified DVBEs.

“For all the County departments, because of your efforts, we’ve been able to increase procurement awards to our certified businesses by over $100 million in one year,” said DCBA Director Brian J. Stiger.

As part of the ceremony, DCBA staff recognized several standout County departments for their work in reaching the County’s small business utilization goals.

Award recipients included:

  • Procurement Staff Recognition Award: Renee Bustillos - Shared Services/Auditor Controller
  • Excellence in Innovation: Internal Services Department
  • Excellence in Collaboration (2 recipients): Department of Public Works and Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services
  • Advocate of the Year: Paul Goldman, Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services
  • Notable Achievement – SE Utilization small/mid- sized1 department: Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services
  • Notable Achievement – SE Utilization Large sized 2 department: Parks and Recreation
  • Notable Achievement – DVBE Utilization small/mid-sized department: County Counsel
  • Notable Achievement – DVBE Utilization Large sized department: Fire
  • Notable Achievement – LSBE Utilization small/mid- sized department: Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Notable Achievement – LSBE Utilization Large sized department: Department of Public Works
  • Excellence in Collaboration with the County of Los Angeles: City of Los Angeles
  • Special Recognition: Gerald Plummer, Internal Services Department

For more information on Los Angeles County’s goal to buy more goods and services from small businesses and how you can register and certify as a vendor for free, visit here or call a small business counselor at (323) 881-3964.


1 Small/mid-sized departments were determined by identifying all other departments which did not qualify under the large size category.

2 Large-size departments were determined by identifying the top 10 departments with the highest dollar amount spent on goods and services based on eCAPS procurement data.