The California Department of General Services recently recognized state agencies and state employees, including CDCR facilities and employees, for outstanding work with California small businesses and disabled veterans’ business.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our great state,” said DGS Director Fred Klass. “We applaud these organizations and state workers for their leadership in California, and their efforts to expand even in this difficult economy.”

The state’s goal is to do at least 25 percent of purchasing and contracting with small businesses and at least 3 percent with Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises.

“The state purchases approximately $8 billion annually in goods and services, construction and public works to serve the people of California. It is our responsibility to do all we can to support the businesses that are the engine of California’s economy,” Klass said.

Lisa Tacket of Kern Valley State Prison received a gold award and Linda L. Langley of Wasco State Prison, Reception Center, received a bronze award under the Advocate of the Year Awards.

Kern Valley State Prison and the California Institution for Men were each given a silver award under State Agency Recognition Awards.