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Division of Finance and Administration

Small Business Program

The University of California is committed to doing business in an equitable and sustainable manner by working with small, local and diverse businesses. In accordance with state and federal law, UC ensures all business enterprises have equal access to business contracting opportunities at the university.

Small Business First is a “set aside” program that increases contracting and procurement opportunities for certified Small Businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) by using a streamlined quotation process. The direct quotation-to-award approach makes the procurement process faster and easier.

Small Business First calls for all non-construction UC contracts and procurements between $10,000 and $250,000 to be awarded to a SB or DVBE, wherever applicable. (See all exempted categories here.)

To make an award, only one quote is required for purchases below $100,000, and only two quotes are required for procurements above $100,000 up to $250,000.

Small and diverse businesses, like all potential goods and services providers to the university, should register as a potential supplier with the university via CalUsource. The University posts various solicitations online via our UC-wide public bid site and individual campus procurement sites.

Small and diverse business must also register with their state small business certification program as the UC uses these certifying agencies to verify eligibility of suppliers. The UC does not self-certify small and diverse businesses outside of state certification programs. California companies can register at the Cal eProcure site.