Small businesses: FAQs

  1. How can my business supply goods/services to the university?
  2. How can I learn more about community and business development resources available to me?
  3. Where will I find information about available contracts, RFPs, and other opportunities to bid for the University's business?
  4. What is the University's guideline on the definition of a "small business?"
  5. Who can I contact for more information?

1. How can my business supply goods/services to the university?
The university asks all businesses to pre-register, free of charge, with our Strategic Sourcing group. For specific steps, please see becoming a UCOP supplier.

2. How can I learn more about community and business development resources available to me?
There are many resources available to small businesses, some are government managed outreach programs and some are coalitions of business leaders, community organizations and other advocate groups. A few resources of note include:

Please also check with the UC campus closest to your location. Many small business outreach programs are based at the local city level. Each U.C. campus, laboratory and hospital has a Small Business Coordinator who would be happy to help you find an appropriate local contact.

3. Where will I find information about available contracts, RFPs, and other opportunities to bid for the University's business?
Systemwide and UCOP opportunities are now posted centrally on our website. All campuses also maintain their own websites where similar information can be found, usually specific to that one campus.

4. What is the university's guideline on the definition of a "small business?"
A Small Business Enterprise is an independently owned and operated concern certified, or certifiable, as a small business by the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA). (A general rule of thumb is that a concern with not more than 500 employees may be considered a small business. Size standards by Standard Industrial Classification codes may be found in the Federal Acquisitions Regulations, Section 19.102. The university may rely on written representation by vendors regarding their status.) Source: University Policy BUS-43

5. Who can I contact for more information?
Please address comments and questions to our UCOP Small Business Contact:

UC Office of the President
1111 Franklin Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Email: Pat Cheney