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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

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

Other Economic and Socially Responsible Programs

UCLA also acknowledges other US Government Certifications, however they are not currently accepted for the Small Business First Program.  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 Disadvantaged Business
  • Woman Owned Business
  • 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 Added Small and Diverse Businesses

Vendor Name Diversity Agency
A5 Partners LLC


Allyance Logic Inc SBE SAM
ANB LLC/ uProfyt SBE State of CA
Annex Design Services Inc SBE State of CA
Byod Computer Services SBE State of CA
Defined Bioscience SBE State of CA
Greg Palmer Inc SBE, SDB, MBE, VET SAM
Innovative WorkPlace Solutions SBE State of CA
Insights Marketing & Promotions SBE, SDB, MBE, WBE, HBCU SAM
Ramco Machine LLC SBE SAM
Rescue Training Institute Inc SBE, SDB SAM
Ultimate Image Printing Inc SBE State of CA