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 current solicitations and other opportunities to bid for the University's business?
  4. What the University's consider a "small business?"
  5. Does the University certify small, local or diverse businesses?
  6. Who can I contact for more information?

1. How can my business supply goods/services to the university?
The University asks all businesses to register as a potential supplier with the University (see becoming a UC supplier). The University posts various solicitations online via our UC-wide public bid site and individual campus procurement sites (see links at right).

2. How can I learn more about community and business development resources available to me?
There are many resources available to small, local and diverse 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:

California Department of General Services Office of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
U.S. Small Business Administration
The California Small Business Development Center

For local information and resources, please also reach out to the UC campus closest to your location. Many diverse business outreach programs are managed at the local level. Each UC campus has a Supplier Diversity Coordinator who would be able to help you find an appropriate resource or local contact.

3. Where will I find information about current soliciations and other opportunities to bid for the University's business?

Systemwide and individual campus opportunities are posted centrally on our website (see Becoming a UC Supplier). Each campus also maintains its own procurement website where similar information can be found, usually specific to that campus (see list of Campus Procurement Sites).

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) and/or by applicable California State agencies, such as the California Department of General Services Oiffce of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. 

5. Does the University certify small, local or diverse businesses?
The University does not maintain a certification program for small, local or diverse businesses. If you think you may qualify as a small business and wish to be certified, the University recommends you review the certification criteria and programs managed by the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) and/or by California State agencies, such as the California Department of General Services Office of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. Please note there are hundreds of certification programs nationwide. There are many available government and nonprofit business development programs that can provide guidance on when, why and how to become certified.

6. Who can I contact for more information?
Please address comments and questions to the appropriate Supplier Diversity Coordinator.