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Small Business First

With the Small Business First program, the University of California is committing to providing contracting and procurement opportunities with certified Small Businesses (SBs), Microbusinesses (MBs), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs). The University has established the Small Business First policy to increase the utilization of these businesses in alignment with UC’s sustainability goals and overall mission. Our goal is to award 25% of our total spend to small, diverse, and local businesses.
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​How It Works

All non-construction UC contracts and procurements between $10,000 to $250,000, that cannot be procured via an existing strategically-sourced agreement, should try to be awarded to a SB/MB or DVBE, wherever practicable.

We encourage one quote from a SB/MB or DVBE for purchases between $10,000 to $99,999.99, and two quotes for procurements between $100,000 and $250,000.

​Preparing To Participate

How Suppliers can prepare to participate in the Small Business First program

​Questions and resources