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

Shelly Paule, LCSW, SB, State of CA

Pluriselect, SB, SDB, SAM

Smash Event, LGBT, CPUC

Pramik Entertainment, SB, SAM

Lasting Impression Promotional Products, SB, State of CA

Star Mailing Service, SB, State of CA