These slides are from our 2016 national conference, A Nation That Works: What's It Going to Take? Many social enterprises earn revenue through contracts with state and local governments. Those contracts can be very competitive, and governments' selection processes typically don't account for the ways in which hiring social enterprises can produce additional public benefits. This session will explore the policy opportunities to position social enterprises as qualified competitive bidders for public procurement and contracts and offer two successful models of working with State and local government. Attendees will also learn about the future of California's SB 1219 Employment Social Enterprise, the first statewide piece of legislation certifying social enterprise and granting public procurement and contract preferences similar to those of small business and disabled veteran business enterprises. SB1219 passed the California state Senate and Assembly without opposition, and is currently awaiting the Governor's signature.