Small Business Outreach and Engagement

The Small Business Outreach and Engagement team runs SMUD’s Supplier Education and Economic Development (SEED) Program and Business Advisory Council (BAC).

The SEED (Supplier Education and Economic Development) program offers incentives to local small businesses that participate in SMUD's competitive bid process. It also helps prime contractors find local sub-contractors, which helps them gain a competitive edge when developing their bids or proposals.

SMUD awards $200 to $300 million in contracts every year, $40 to $60 million of which goes to SEED vendors and suppliers.

Our goal is to award 20% of all eligible contracts to SEED vendors.


How to reach us

Kiauna Norman – Small Business Outreach & Engagement Supervisor

Lori Okamoto – SEED Program Coordinator

Amy Ayers – SEED Program Analyst

Jeannie Robinson – SEED Program Advocate


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