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Small Business Development Office

Support UC San Diego's commitment to diversity in procurement and business contracts by working with the Small Business Development Office to identify quality small, diverse suppliers.

The UC San Diego Small Business Development Office (SBDO) is part of the Procurement and Contracts Department. Its main function is to help departments comply with equal opportunity practices for the purchase of goods and services in accordance with university policy. The SBDO also develops outreach activities that improve the access of qualified diverse, small businesses to the UC San Diego campus community.

Some of the services provided by the SBDO are:

  • Identifying diverse, small businesses as suppliers of goods and services for consideration by UC San Diego buyers. These businesses include the following categories:
    • Small
    • Small, veteran-owned
    • Service-disabled, veteran-owned
    • HUBZone
    • Small, disadvantaged
    • Small, women-owned
  • Informing suppliers of UC San Diego policies and procedures and helping identify potential campus users of their goods and services
  • Educating suppliers about how to do business with UC San Diego
  • Expanding campus awareness of equal opportunity in business contracting
  • Advertising the small business program in campus publications
  • Generating listings of diverse small businesses for distribution to campus buyers and administrators of small business subcontracting plans
  • Acting as the liaison between the business community, UC San Diego buyers, and campus customers
  • Participating in off-campus community organizations and local trade fairs to communicate UC San Diego's commitment to equal opportunity in procurement and business contracting
  • Developing and monitoring diverse small/ small, disadvantaged business subcontracting plans for federal contracts that exceed $750,000
  • Producing purchasing reports to management, the Office of the President, and federal funding agencies on campus utilization of diverse small businesses
  • Building relationships with diverse suppliers via site visits

The university makes every effort to ensure that all persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin have equal access to contracts and other business opportunities with the university. 

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