Disabled veterans and other small business owners lost a great friend when Angel Carrera died suddenly on August 14.
Carrera, 67, spent four decades working for the state of California, administering the Small Business and Disabled Business Enterprise programs for the California Lottery and then for the Department of Transportation. He also worked as an analyst in Department of Health Care Services’ Office of Labor Relations.
Disabled veterans benefited greatly when he moved over to the Department of General Services (DGS) in December 2007. He became the chief of DGS’ Certification and Outreach Branch in November 2013. His professional passion involved working with disabled veteran business owners and helping them transition from their military careers into entrepreneurships. He worked closely with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise and with Native American veterans.
“Angel Carrera’s passing hurts us all very deeply here at CalVet,” said Dr. Vito Imbasciani, Secretary. “He was a passionate and dedicated family man, and the disabled vets he served were an extension of his family. He was their staunchest advocate and a mentor to so many. We will miss him tremendously. We’ve lost a great friend.”
Carrera frequently led seminars for DGS educating disabled veterans on how to become certified to bid for state contracts. He spearheaded a study of the impacts of disabled veteran-owned businesses that was published in 2009; he was planning to update it. He worked with the United States Small Business Administration to develop Boots to Business, a program designed to help veterans become business owners.
He was scheduled to speak at CalVet’s Advisory Council meeting at McClellan Park, August 15, and had helped organize a Boots to Business seminar in San Diego County on August 19.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marta, and their family. Visitation will be held on August 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 660 Florin Road, Sacramento. The viewing will be followed by a rosary at 6 p.m. A mass and burial will begin at 10 a.m. on August 30 at St. Anthony. 51 \ls