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Small Business First Program

The goal of the program is to direct contracts and procurements between $10,000 to $250,000 that cannot be procured via an existing strategically-source agreement must be awarded to a Small Business/Micro Business or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise, wherever practicable.

WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS FIRST PROGRAM?

The University of California’s is launching the Small Business First Program changing procurement by an intentional effort to increase equitable contracting and procurement opportunities with certified Small Businesses (SBs), Amorousness (MBs), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs) that have been challenged as a result of the pandemic.  It is a strategic push forward from each UC campus to support California's small businesses, rebuild communities, and reach the 25% goals set by former UC President Janet Napolitano.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN IMPACT?

UC San Diego’s collective commitment through the launch of this program is intended to leverage our purchasing power by creating more performance opportunities keeping small businesses open, where they can operate, and thrive.  You have the power to create jobs, change lives, and bring hope when considering sourcing locally from certified businesses.

WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?

  1. Learn about the Small Business First program.
  2. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).
  3. Study the Small Business First Resources. 

UC San Diego IPPS Small Business Development Office will provide program training on the procurement requirements, workflow process, form documentation, and tools.  All training will be provided via UC Learning. Dates for training will be provided soon. 

If you have questions, contact the UCSD Small Business Development Office at sbdo@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-7236.