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? 

To participate in bidding activities with UC, suppliers must register in CalUsource – the collaborative e-procurement solution for sourcing and contracting being used by California public higher education systems: UC, the California State University (CSU) system, and the California Community Colleges (CCC) system (see How to do Business with Us).

Registering in CalUsource offers you the opportunity to participate in sourcing events that may be multi-system, systemwide, multi-campus or campus-specific within any of these university/college systems.

The University of California posts bidding opportunities online via the Public Bid Site.

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 can 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 the Public Bid Site. (See also How to Do Business With Us.) Each campus also maintains its own procurement website where you can find specific information about that campus' procurement operations. (see list of Campus Procurement Sites).

4. How does the university define 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), by applicable state or local government agencies (such as the California Department of General Services Oiffce of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise) and other recognized certifying agencies or 'councils.'

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), the California Department of General Services Oiffce of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise, local government agency and/or other recognized certifying agencies or councils for information on getting your applicable certification(s) and associated benefits. 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.