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Small and Diverse Business Certification Process

University of California has a goal of 25% small business utilization for overall annual contract dollars.

Accepted Certification Categories

Small Business First Program

The following US government issued certifications are accepted for the UC Small Business First Program:

  • Small Business
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Woman Owned Business
  • Veteran Owned Business
  • LGBTQ Owned Business
  • Minority Owned Business
  • 8 (a) Business Development
  • HUBZone

To participate in the UC Small Business First Program, please learn more about this pilot program on our website

Certification Agencies

The following agencies offer certification process free of charge:

Federal System for Award Management 

  • Eligibility requirement and benefits
  • Available Certifications: Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman Owned Small Business, Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Business, 8 (a) Business Development, HUBZone, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
NOTE: Please make sure you do not choose private registration, which means that other entities cannot find you in the system and confirm your certified status.


California Department of General Services Cal eProcure

  • Eligibility requirement and benefits
  • Available Certifications: Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise.
  • Instructions: Go to Cal eProcure site, please click on Get Certified at the bottom of the box on the left Under Small Business/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
NOTE: You will need to complete two steps via 1) register as a Sourcing Bidder, 2) get certified. 


California Public Utilities Commission

US Department of Veteran Affairs

NOTE: Please read Prepare for Verification Instructions to speed up your verification process 

Small Business Certification Benefits

  • 25% government-wide contracting goal for small business utilization
  • Eligible for small business set-aside and federal contracts
  • Application of a five percent small business preference on applicable State solicitations 
  • Placement in governmental databases
  • Placement on Small Business List (UCLA)