SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (SBE)/DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DVBE) INITIATIVES
The President of the University and Regents have set a goal of 25% SBE/DVBE participation for Design & Construction contract spend by 2025.
Sheltered Bidding and Applicant Pool
Sheltered Bidding/Sheltered Applicant Pool is a program whereby a portion of contracts are designated, before solicitation of qualifications or proposals, for submission from Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and/or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE). The goal of sheltered selection is to provide greater opportunities for such business enterprises in UC capital programs.
- Sheltered Bidding- this program covers construction contracts
- Sheltered Applicant Pool- this program covers design and professional services contracts
Sheltered Bidding Pool for Construction Contracts
Sheltered bidding will be used for selected Negotiated (<$50,000) and Informal competitively bid (<$640,000) projects. Preregistered SBE/DVBE contractors will be invited to bid by campus staff . A minimum of three firms will be invited from the list for each bid. 51% of the contract value must be performed by SBE/DVBE firms. This will be documented on the bid form. If bids are not reasonable the campus may reject all bids and rebid in the non-sheltered market. A further description of the program can be found in the facility manual here.
Contractors must fill out a campus contractor interest form to be registered for the pool. For agreements over $300,000, contractors are also required to fill out a base qualification form.
Sheltered Applicant Pool for Professional Services
The sheltered applicant pool will be used for selected consultant services agreements under $100,000. The campus will reach out to firms in the pool list to solicit a proposal. Firms will be selected based on qualifications. 51% of contract value must be performed by SBE/DVBE firms. This will be demonstrated by the Report of Subconsultant Information submitted with the proposal. A further description of the program can be found in the facility manual here.
Designers and consultants must first fill out a campus consultant interest form. The Sheltered Applicant Pool will be used for consulting contracts under $100,000
To join either the Sheltered Bidding Pool or Sheltered Applicant Pool, SBE/DVBE firms must hold a certification from a recognized certifying agency. Firms will report their certification status on the Confirmation of Certification form. See the interim list of acceptable certifying agencies. e for the interim list of acceptable certifying agencies. The list of acceptable certifications will be updated by the end of 2022.
Small Business Enterprise (SBE) - an independently owned and operated concern certified as a small business by the California Department of General Services Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) or other accepted certifying agency as listed here: https://ucop.edu/sbe-dvbe-certifications
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) - an independently owned and operated concern certified as a DVBE by the State of California Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) or other accepted certifying agency as listed here: https://ucop.edu/sbe-dvbe-certifications
SBE/DVBE Training Program
Through the Small Business Enterprises (SBE) Outreach and Training Program, the University of California is offering a series of free training and outreach programs designed to increase involvement of SBE's and DVBEs in Design and Construction projects at all of our campuses. This program is open to all.