The Connecting Point
Wednesday, November 19th :: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm :: Registration 7:30 am :: Scottish Rite Masonic Center :: 6151 H Street,  Sacramento, CA
SacPAC is proud to again offer its signature event “The Connecting Point” now in its 8th year. And we are especially pleased to join with the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Business Matchmaking event!  This year utility providers (electricity/gas, water, communications) will also be exhibiting AND will be hosting a 4 hour matchmaking event where individualized attention can be provided and connections made with procurement officials from the utilities.  Other public agencies will also be offering matchmaking appointments with their representatives so this special opportunity is not to be missed!!Because of the event’s proximity to the State Capitol, The Connecting Point is the largest event of its kind in California. Bringing together the buyers, procurement officers and small business advocates for so many federal, state and local government agencies, as well as publicly supported utility districts and mass transit agencies, The Connecting Point offers small businesses unique access to the millions of dollars in government procurement and contracting.
Additionally, local and national business resource organizations also exhibit offering their valuable assistance to businesses seeking successful business operations. Informative workshops will be offered at four different times during the event.
How to Become a Well-Run Business – SCORE
  • Navigate – Learn how to set medium and long term goals for your business and how to stay on course to achieve them
  • Operate – What are the day to day activities necessary to keep your business on track
  • Communicate – Make sure a consistent message about your business is delivered to customers, potential customers and employees

e-Procurement – Tips and Tactics – CA Dept. of General Services (DGS)

  • Navigating the State of California website
  • Understand the importance of your profile on the State’s database
  • Learn to access procurement and contracting opportunities

Bidding – the Do’s and Don’ts  – Sacramento Public Agency Consortium (SacPAC) and the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

  • Decide if the government marketplace is right for your company
  • Learn how to access government bidding portals
  • Hear tips on how to get a competitive edge when bidding on government contracts
  • Learn about different public agency certification and bid preferences

Protecting Your Business and Customer Information

  • Learn why cyber-thieves want your information
  • Check to see where your business is vulnerable
  • Expert tips on how to increase your security thresholds
  • Panel Members: Dave Petree – Cloak and Dagger, Inc.;  Srinivas Atluri – Anvaya Solutions;  Shawn Smith – Sacramento Sheriff High Tech Crimes Task Force

Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center Opportunities     

  • Hear contractor (Turner Construction) and industry (Sacramento Region Builders’ Exchange) representatives share their visions about small business involvement in the ESC
  • Learn how to find partnering and subcontractor/supplier bidding opportunities
  • Discover how the ESC project will impact your business currently and in the future
SacPAC is thrilled to have over 80 exhibitors at this year’s event who are looking forward to talking with you about whether they use your goods and/or services. With the volume of attendees expected, we recommend obtaining exhibitor’s contact information and following up with them after the event. Tons of networking opportunities at Connecting Point so remember to bring lots of business cards!

List of Exhibitors:


City of Roseville

City of Sacramento


County of Sacramento – Contracts and Purchasing

County of Solano

County of Placer – Procurement Services Division


Board of Equalization

CA Dept of Child Support Services

CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation

CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Mule Creek Prison

CA Dept of Health Care Services

CA Department of State Hospitals

CA Dept of Rehabilitation

CA Dept of Veterans Affairs

CA Dept of Water Resources

CA Department of Public Health

CA Dept of General Services – OBAS

CA Dept of Transportation (Caltrans)

CA Dept of General Services – PD

CA Dept of General Services – RESD

CA Dept of Parks & Recreation

CA Dept of Fair Employment and Housing

CA Dept Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle)

CA Dept of Food and Agriculture

CA High Speed Rail Authority

CA State University, Sacramento

CA State University, Chico

CA Highway Patrol



CA Arts Council

CA Energy Commission

CA Lottery

CA Public Utilities Commission

CA Prison Industry Authority


Military Department

Office of the Inspector General

Office of Traffic Safety

Dept. of Toxic Substances Control


US Army Corps of Engineers

US Dept of Interior – Bureau of Reclamation

US Dept of Transportation – Small Business Transportation Resource Center

US Dept of Agriculture – Forest Service

US Veterans Health Administrations

US Dept of Energy – Western Area Power Administration



Comcast Supplier Diversity

California Water Association

California Water Service Company

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) – Contract Equity Program

Los Rios Community College District

Metropolitan Water District of S. California


Sacramento Entertainment & Sports Center

Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency

Sacramento Regional Transit District

San Diego Gas & Electric

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas Company


Business Information Center – Sacramento County DHA

CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

California Capital Financial Development Corp (PTAC)

Capital Region Small Business Development Center (at Sac Metro Chamber booth)

Disabled Veteran Business Alliance

Grow Sacramento Fund

NAWBO Sacramento Valley


Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Business Journal

Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Metro Chamber

Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange

Sam’s Club


Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)

Supplier Clearinghouse (CPUC)

U.S. Small Business Administration

Veterans Business Outreach Center

An informational app for the Connecting Point event has been created through Eventbase.  This app can be downloaded for FREE from your App Store – search for ‘2014 Connecting Point’.

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