Procurement Services

Small and Diverse Business Program

It is the policy of the University of California, consistent with State and Federal Law, to optimize opportunities for business contracting with small business enterprises, and to give all responsive, responsible vendors a fair and equal opportunity to compete for campus business. The Small Business Act was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses (Concerns) compete in the marketplace. It also helps these companies gain access to federal and private procurement markets.

In 2018, the University of California set a goal of achieving 25% utilization of Economically and Socially Responsible (EaSR) suppliers within 5 years. EaSR suppliers are defined as those holding a current government or nationally recognized certification that identifies suppliers that may have a positive impact on society and/or the economy. More information about the UC's Economically and Socially Responsible spend goals can be found in the UC Sustainable Procurement Guidelines

If you are a department and have a federally funded contract in excess of $700k, you may be required to submit and operate under a Small Business Subcontracting Plan. See the Small Business Subcontracting Plan tab for more details.

If you are a supplier interested in doing business with UCSB, please visit the For Our Vendors page, and the Information for Small Businesses page. You can click here to view a presentation on UC Supplier Diversity Requirements.

The Small Business Officer at UCSB is Heather Perry and can be reached at 805-893-3528 or heather.perry@ucsb.edu.

Small Business Concern

A small business concern depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period. The SBA has established a table of size standards matched to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries.

Small Disadvantaged Business Concern (SDB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more such individuals.

Veteran-Owned / Service-Disabled Veteran Small Disadvantaged Business Concern

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans or service-disabled veterans. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by veterans or service-disabled veterans and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more such individuals.

Woman-Owned Small Business Concern

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more women.

HUBZone Small Business Concern

A small business concern which operates in Historically Underutilized Business Zones. HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) contracting programs, a business must be determined to be a "qualified HUBzone small business concern".  A firm can be qualified if:

  • It is small,
  • It is located in an "historically underutilized business zone" (HUB Zone)
  • It is owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and
  • At least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone.

Minority Owned Businesses (MBE)

A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American.

Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.