Small business development

It is the policy of the University of California, consistent with State and federal law, to ensure that all business enterprises have equal access to business contracting opportunities at the university.

Small businesses, like all potential suppliers to the university, should complete the appropriate forms to pre-register with UCOP (see becoming a UCOP supplier).

Small business owners may wish to familiarize themselves with the UC business policies governing the purchase of goods and services, particularly as they apply to small businesses. UCOP Business and Finance Bulletin 43 (BUS-43) is relevant to suppliers and potential suppliers to the University. Small Businesses will be especially interested in BUS-43, Part 5, though it is the recommendation of the University to become familiar with the entire policy (see policies and forms).

Once a company is pre-registered, that company is eligible to bid on available university business. The university posts Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Quotations (RFQs), and similar bidding opportunities online (see links at right).

Small Business: Frequently Asked Questions >