SEED Quarterly summer 2023

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Recap of 2023: Capital Region Small Business Week

This year we proudly powered the Capital Region Small Business Week. Entrepreneurs, business owners and business experts from public and private entities across the Greater Sacramento area came together to celebrate our region's entrepreneurial spirit and promote opportunities to foster business success.

The week kicked off with a Business Resource Expo, followed by ten separate workshops, luncheons, expos and multiple networking opportunities throughout the region with over 1,000 participants. We provided education and resources on doing business with us including commercial resources and programs.

SEED team

Your SEED Team (from left to right): Alexia Hughes, Jeannie Robinson, Franklin Burris, Jenny Rodriquez

Clean energy success story: MTI College 

MTI CollegeGoing all-electric is better for your business, your safety and our environment. We’re helping commercial customers make the switch with incentives and energy-efficient solutions that maximize savings and promote electrification. 

One customer making a successful transition to clean energy is MTI College, who recently utilized our Complete Energy Solutions (CES) program to save up to 23,460 kWh per year. 

A year-round junior college with more than 1,000 students, MTI realized a need to have more control over their energy usage, starting with the installation of 34 smart thermostats across their campus.

“We recognized the need to have some IP-controlled thermostats because it was getting difficult to manage all the different HVAC units we have on campus. You didn’t know if there was a problem until after the fact, when you got a complaint.” 

- Michael Zimmerman, President MTI College

Learn how our incentives program helped solve the problem.



Supplier Highlight: Anvaya Solutions

This month’s SEED spotlight shines on Shobha Mallarapu, President and CEO of Anvaya Solutions.

Shobha MallarapuAnvaya Solutions is a cybersecurity firm headquartered in the greater Sacramento region, offering services nationwide. In 16 years in business, Shobha is proud that Anvaya has helped protect over half a billion records for various organizations. Shobha explained, "We provide various cybersecurity services from risk assessments, penetration testing, compliance to various risk management services both in operational and information technology."

Anvaya Solutions won its first contract with SMUD by successfully forming a team with other companies that brought different capabilities to the table. Now, they do business with numerous government agencies. Shobha noted that, “It was a full circle moment when we were awarded SMUD's first Master Services Agreement as only one of two companies that was awarded all 8 categories!”

Working with SMUD’s SEED program continues to benefit Shobha’s business. She particularly appreciates that the program awards incentives to large businesses who subcontract to SEED qualified vendors. Anvaya Solutions took advantage of this opportunity by partnering with a larger company known as a “prime” and subcontracting with that prime to perform a portion of the contract. Shobha points out, “That gave us opportunities to get business which we otherwise would not have as a prime.”

She also recommends future bidders attend a “How to Do Business with SMUD” session to get started, subscribe to SMUD's Ariba system to learn about bid opportunities and attend SMUD’s Meet the Buyers Expo.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB)

At SMUD, while our Economic Development & Partnerships team is busy spreading the message about our SEED program to our small business community, we keep Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) top of mind. Our Community Impact Plan and Sustainable Communities mission focus on enhancing the quality of life for all our customers and the vitality of all our communities.
We recently established formal partnerships with a variety of Property Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs) throughout our service area. These partnerships support clean and safe activities, business walks and events that draw business to commercial corridors and ensure that all small businesses have equal access to the many programs we offer. 
Mack Road Partnership business walk
Mack Road Partnership Business Walk


Stockton Blvd Business Walk
SMUD visits the Stockton Blvd Partnership

Save the Date for Meet the Buyers!

Meet The Buyers Expo

Mark your calendars now for our annual Meet the Buyers Business Resource Expo! Returning this year to an in-person event, the expo will be chock-full of information and resources on how to do business with us. You’ll meet SMUD buyers, other vendors and you’ll learn more about how to participate in the process. More information to come!


New SMUD commercial video library

Interested in exploring our educational resources to reduce your energy bills, learn about code updates and see the latest in energy technology?  
It’s now at your fingertips! Access our video library today
For questions, please contact our Community Education & Technology Center at
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Recently awarded SEED contracts



Congratulations to these successful SMUD contract awardees!

DC Enterprises

Mader Supply LLC

Graybar Electric Company

Vision Metering

WD Battery

Frase Enterprises

Young & Company

Lapp Insulator

Vision Metering

Edison Power Constructors Inc.

Henkels & McCoy, Inc

Catalyst Leadership Group LLC

JD Thompson & Associates, LLC

Balance Point Group

Upcoming contract opportunities

  • Digital Fault Recorder
  • Fire Protection Systems Engineering, Procurement and Construction
  • Generation, Distribution and Transmission Power Transformers
  • Campbell Scientific Equipment
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