The Director of Small Business Utilization Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C. formalized and initiated the establishment of Small Business Councils in Northern, Central and Southern California. The Councils were established with members from various Federal agencies. In 1972, government prime contractors were added as participating members.
In 1995, the Department of Defense established regional councils nation-wide. The Western Regional Council merged the Northern, Southern, and Central California Councils to one council with Nevada and Hawaii.
A letter dated January 25, 1967, to DCASR-LA (now DCMDW) from the Director of Small Business Utilization Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Washington DC, instructed DCASR to formalize and initiate the establishment of a Small Business Council in this area. The Council was established with twenty-seven (27) members from various Federal Agencies. In 1972, government prime contractors were added as participating members.
The objectives of the Council are to:
Promote and support the National Small business, Small Disadvantaged Business and Woman-Owned Business Program of the United States. (Henceforth, where the term Small Business is used, it includes Small Disadvantaged and Woman-Owned Businesses. The term Small disadvantaged Businesses includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions.)
Advise methods and procedures pursuant to Congressional mandates, current policies, regulations, and directives of the United States to assure Small Businesses are afforded every opportunity to bid on Federal prime contracts and subcontracts.
Recommend to Federal officials responsible for Small Business Program Policies improvements in current procedures in Small Business matters.
Coordinate its activities on Small Business Programs with officials of Federal, State, County and Municipal Governments, other non-profit organizations, and prime contractors.
The present council is comprised of approximately 255 federal and industry members. The Council is governed by four (4) officers and an Executive Board. There are three (3) Executive Advisors: the facilities advisor, legislative advisor and speaker advisor. There are five (5) standing committees consisting of federal government representatives and associate members.