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Supporting Small and Diverse Businesses

UC Davis is committed to working with small and diverse businesses. This page provides information on the various types of small and diverse businesses and the benefits of supporting them.


Small Business First Program

The University of California has implemented the Small Business First Program.  This program encourages spend with certified Small Businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE), and is required for many purchases from $10K to $250K.

Please carefully review and bookmark the page on Purchasing Instructions to Ensure Compliance with Small Business First Program.

The remaining information on this page discusses the diverse business community, comprising small businesses, and so much more!


Benefits of Using Small and Diverse Businesses

The money spent with the small and diverse supplier community goes back into the local community. By supporting these types of businesses, you are also supporting local community infrastructure, including parks, schools, and roads.  The money spent locally stays local.

In some cases, a small and diverse supplier can more quickly fulfill a purchasing request than a larger supplier, and may also fulfill purchasing needs that cannot be met by other types of suppliers.


How You Can Support Small and Diverse Businesses

There are several ways to search for and support small and diverse businesses, including the following:

1.  Shop Small and Diverse Businesses in AggieBuy!  There are two ways to do this in AggieBuy:

--The first way is on the AggieBuy main dashboard, under the Product Search section, click on the 3 dots above the search field:

AggieBuy Product Search with 3 Dots

Then, click on Suppliers under the Browse header. 

AggieBuy Product Search by Suppliers

 

On the AggieBuy Suppliers screen list, there are several indicators under the Preference column that indicate if the supplier is a certified small or diverse business.

  • MBE: Minority Business Enterprise
  • SBE: Small Business Enterprise
  • WBE: Women Business Enterprise

At this time, the following AggieBuy suppliers are certified small and/or diverse suppliers:

  • Genesee Scientific: SBE
  • Main Street Technologies: SBE, WBE
  • Neta Scientific: SBE, MBE, WBE

--The second way to shop small and diverse businesses in AggieBuy is in Amazon.  On the main dashboard, click on the Amazon tile in the Showcases section.  Once the Amazon punch-out window opens, you can narrow product searches to one or more more small and diverse business types by selecting them from the left menu.  These items will then appear in your search results, with the Organization Preferred designation.

Screenshot of Amazon Punch-Out Catalog with Small and Diverse Businesses

 

2.  Search for Small and Diverse Businesses in the Kuali Financial System (KFS).  On the Vendor Lookup in KFS, use the Supplier Diversity drop-down field to retrieve the desired results.

3.  Use the State of California Cal eProcure Lookup. When considering a supplier not in AggieBuy or in KFS,  the State of California Cal eProcure Lookup can be used to search for certified California small and veteran businesses.

Options 4 and 5 below require additional steps for gaining access, so you may prefer to use other options first.

4.  Supplier.io provides options for searching for a small or diverse supplier.  In order to get access to supplier.io, email the Small Business Program.

5.  Sam.gov is a US government website that provides options for searching for federally-certified small and diverse businesses.  A user account is required before searching against entity (business) registrations.  After you have created a user account on sam.gov:

  • Click on the Search tab, and then enter part of the name for the business in the Search field.
  • In the search results, click on the View Details link for the business you wish to view.
  • Click on Reps and Certs in the menu bar on the left.
  • Scroll down to 52.212-3 or 52.219-1 and click on the provision to view the certifications.

6.  Refer to the Small and Diverse Chambers of Commerce when searching for a supplier.

7.  Complete the Searching for Small and Diverse Businesses online training.  This training can help you locate the small and/or diverse business for your next purchase!

8. Encourage small and diverse businesses to register with UC Davis.  An online Small and Diverse Business Registration form should be completed by a supplier who comprises one or more of the ownership types described.  This will facilitate future UC Davis procurement relationships with the supplier.


Funding Requirements to Use Small/Diverse Businesses

In addition to the requirements that are part of the Small Business First program, some funds may require the university to purchase from small and diverse businesses.  It is important that you understand and follow the purchasing rules assigned to the type(s) of funds you are using. 

In addition, some state contracts may require the formal consideration of Veteran Owned Businesses. 

Always review the information related to the accounts you are using for a purchase.  Failure to follow the funding source requirements may result in loss of future funding and possible audit findings and/or fines.


Small Business Program Officer

Steven Kobayashi is the Small Business Program Officer for UC Davis.  He can be reached at FOA-UD-SSO-SmallBusiness@ou.ad3.ucdavis.edu or 530-754-1372.  Steven can assist with questions regarding the implementation of the program at UC Davis and best practices for supporting small and diverse businesses.