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

To participate in the UC Small Business First Program, please learn more about this pilot program on our website.  The following US government issued certifications are accepted for the Small Business First Program:

  • Small Business
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business

For your participation in other Economic and Socially Responsible programs at UCLA, the following US government issued certifications are accepted, but only the two above are accepted for the Small Business First Program:

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

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


California Public Utilities Commission


US Department of Veteran Affairs


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)


Recently Certified Small and Diverse Businesses

Niknejad Inc/Colornet Press, SB, State of CA

Central Courier & Hospitality Services/CE & J, SB(Micro), State of CA

OnePlusWe, SBE, DBE, LA Metro and CUCP

Martha Miller - WBE, SBE, SC-SDB, WOSB, SAM

Metabim Inc - SBE, State of CA

Southland Technology, SBE, MBE, State of CA and SAM

Goal Imagery Institute, SBE, WBE, SAM

High Density Inc, SB, SAM

Maier International, SB, State of CA

George Yardley, SB, State of CA

Professional Turf Specialties, SB - State of CA

US Armor Corp, SB, State of CA

Sustainable Furniture Inc - SB and SDB, SAM and State of CA

Star Mailing Service Inc, SB (Micro), State of CA

Fundi International, SB (Micro), State of CA

Development Cubed Software, SB (Micro), State of CA

Bonnie J Felt, SB (Micro), State of CA

Amvetech Inc, DVBE, State of CA

Sundance Corporate Supply Inc, SB (Micro), State of CA