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Small and Diverse Business Resources

The University of California, and UC Davis, are committed to the small and diverse business community.  This page highlights what we are doing to increase engagement and spend with our small and diverse suppliers, as well as offers suggestions to increase your visibility. 

Small and diverse suppliers are encouraged to review the information from the 2021 Small and Diverse Supplier Expo and visit the University of California Supplier Diversity website.

Understand Your Business Classification Type

There are multiple small and diverse business classification categories.  Understanding and properly documenting them can ensure that you are able to access and secure relevant purchasing information.


Make Sure You are Registered with UC and UC Davis!

Make sure you have completed the University of California and UC Davis registration forms.  These forms will ensure that your business data is available to our buyers in Procurement and Contracting Services, as well as our departmental buyers.  This will help expedite future purchases with your organization.


Learn More About the Chambers of Commerce

A local chamber of commerce can help your business increase its visibility with the larger community.  Some of the local ones in the Davis and Sacramento area include:


UC Commitment to Small and Diverse Businesses: Small Business First

Wherever practicable, University of California contracts and procurement between $10,000 and $250,000* are to be awarded to a certified small or diverse business, veteran, or disadvantaged business.  This is part of the new UC Small Business First program.
 
The informal solicitation process for Small Business First requires:
  • One quote for purchases below $100,000
  • Two quotes for procurement above $250,000
 

There is a waiver process for when the Small Business First program is not feasible, or when contracting with businesses other than a certified small or disadvantaged business is justified.

*There are some exceptions:

  • Purchases that are sole sourced, unique professional services, and emergency purchases
  • Purchases through an existing strategically-sourced agreement
  • Design and construction
  • Revenue/reimbursement contracts
  • Federal government / local government / inter-agency agreements
  • Research sub-awards
  • Higher education institution agreements
  • Refreshments
  • Statutorily-exempt, policy exempt, emergency, proprietary, local assistance/subvention
  • Federally-funded purchases

What Procurement and Contracting Services is Doing to Help

Procurement and Contracting Services is creating more campuswide purchasing agreements for small and diverse businesses, making it easier for our departmental customers to purchase pre-approved goods and services from these businesses, in our e-procurement system, AggieBuy, and our in our financial system, Kuali.

Procurement and Contracting Services is also creating more opportunities for small and diverse businesses to learn more about UC Davis' purchasing and payment practices.


Small Business Program Officer

Steven Kobayashi is the Small Business Program Officer for UC Davis.  He can be reached at stkobayashi@ucdavis.edu or 530-754-1372.  Steven can assist with best practices for supporting small and diverse businesses.