New Effort Simplifies Contracting, Boosts Small Biz Procurement Opportunities

The California Chamber of Commerce, in a collaborative effort with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Northern California Small Business Development Center, has launched an initiative that aims to bridge the gap in business procurement by offering comprehensive support to help small businesses acquire procurement contracts in both the public and private sectors.

The ProBiz program, which will provide virtual trainings, in-person supplier diversity events, and no-cost one-on-one technical advising, is designed to simplify the contracting process and create a more inclusive marketplace for businesses of all sizes.

The program’s launch comes at a crucial time, following the recent passage of AB 2019 (Petrie-Norris, 2022), Equity in State Procurement, highlighting the need for accessible procurement solutions.

Pilot Program

“ProBiz is a needed and necessary solution for businesses of all sizes. That is why we are proud to partner in this pilot program and hope to see it expand statewide,” said CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera.

The ProBiz program is expected to be particularly beneficial for minority-owned businesses, which often face significant challenges in securing procurement contracts.

“Minority-business owners typically struggle the most in finding and acquiring procurement contracts; ProBiz will be especially helpful for those business owners who want to grow their business,” California Hispanic Chambers President and CEO Julian Canete said.

The announcement of the ProBiz program during California’s Small Business Month underscored the importance of providing procurement access to every business in the state.

This pilot project will begin in Northern California with the goal of expanding to other Small Business Development Center regions across the state later this year.

More Information

For more information about the ProBiz program and how it can benefit your business, visit or contact Scott Rogalski, Northern California Small Business Development Center deputy director, at

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Nick Ortiz, who joined the California Chamber of Commerce in February 2023, was promoted in October 2023 to head the newly created CalChamber Small Business Policy Center, assuming the role of vice president of small business advocacy. In addition to enhancing the efforts of small business employers to let policy makers know how government requirements affect the day-to-day workings and profitability of small companies, Ortiz continues to serve as an information resource for and CalChamber liaison with local chambers of commerce. Before joining the CalChamber team, Ortiz was president and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce from April 2015 to February 2023. Ortiz’s previous experience includes positions with the Western States Petroleum Association, PG&E, Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, United Way and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. See full bio