The Sacramento Public Agency Consortium (SacPAC) is a collaborative effort of public agencies and small business assistance organizations located in the Sacramento region. This group was formed in response to multiple local government entities scheduling outreach events aimed at the common audience of small and diverse businesses in the Sacramento area. Under the leadership of the City of Sacramento, procurement and diversity relations officials from several government entities came together in 2006 to pursue opportunities for collaborative efforts. The group was known as the Sacramento Region Small Business Resource Partners. This group saw the value of including local business assistance organizations who would provide added benefit to the group’s outreach efforts.
Original entities involved included Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), both the City and County of Sacramento, Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), California Department of General Services (DGS), Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), Stockton Boulevard Business Information Center (Stockton BIC), The Federal Technology Center (The FTC) and NorCal World Trade. As the “Resource Partners” group developed, additional members joined including the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SHCC), the Black Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC), the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (SacMetro), SCORE (retired and active mentors to small business), and CA Capitol (capital and development assistance). The group’s first event was participating in the DGS “Regional Connecting Point” conference in 2007.
In 2008, the group changed their name to to SacPAC to better reflect the group’s purpose – to assist local small businesses in accessing public agency contracting and procurement opportunities, business development resources and information regarding qualifying for small business supplier and/or vendor programs. Over the next year, under the leadership of SMUD and the County of Sacramento, the group recruited new members including Caltrans – District 3, Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s regional office in Sacramento (SBA). Members met regularly to share information about their individual procurement and contracting procedures and requirements, about upcoming events and opportunities for collaboration and to assist with the planning of the annual “Regional Connecting Point” event.
In 2009, SacPAC began presenting their own event “Bringing Government Contracting to You”: a panel of SacPAC public agency members present information on how to navigate their individual procurement and contracting systems. Panels are held several times a year in different areas of the Sacramento region. In 2010, SacPAC assumed leadership of the “Regional Connecting Point” event. This event has become a very successful opportunity for small business networking, education and “connecting” – the 2010 event had over 50 exhibitors and nearly 600 attendees.
SacPAC is looking forward to presenting our Panel in more locations around the Sacramento metropolitan region. In 2011, SacPAC defined its geographic area to include the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. Outreach efforts were made to the local procurement officials of these surrounding cities and counties who are committed to expanding development and encouragement of small business participation. Interested parties will be invited to become members of SacPAC and collaborate on additional local and regional activities which accomplish the Consortium’s purpose.
In 2012, SacPAC expanded their panel presentations to Yolo and Placer due to their outreach efforts in 2011. In 2013 and 2014, panels were held in Roseville, West Sacramento, Sacramento and Rancho Cordova. As SacPAC continues to provide our “Bringing Government Contracting To You” panels every quarter, high attendance remains a reminder to us that our information is incredibly valuable to so many small business owners. Continued excitement about SacPAC’s signature event “The Connecting Point” further indicates the value of presenting additional opportunities to ‘connect’ with government and public agency procurement and contracting.