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Small Business First Program

The Small Business First Program directs $10,000 - $250,000 contracts and procurements that cannot be procured via an existing strategically-source agreement.

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 has adopted the Small Business First Program changing procurement by an intentional effort to increase equitable contracting and procurement opportunities with certified Small Businesses (SBs), 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.

Need Assistance?

All Small Busines First services are provided through Services and Support. Select Budget & Finance, Get Help, and Submit a Ticket.

Under *More Specifically… type keyword “Small” and make one of the following selections:
• Small Business First – Sourcing Assistance
• Small Business First – Waiver Review & Approval
• Small Business First Program General Support

Find answers, request services, or get help from our team at the UC San Diego Services & Support portal.