Procurement Services

Information for Small Business Owners

Click here to view resources available to small and diverse business suppliers to help cope with impacts from COVID-19.

Get Certified

If you are a small or diverse business, we highly recommend getting certified as such to get more visibility to UCSB departments. There are several agencies where you can get certified free of charge. Click each tab below to read about how to become certified through a given agency. For a more comprehensive list of Available Certifications in California, click here: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/uploadedFiles/CPUC_Public_Website/Content/About_....

After you've become certified, we encourage you to fill out the Small and Diverse Supplier Information Form at the bottom of this page.

Certification Categories

UCSB accepts US government issued certifications in the following categories, depending on the funding source:

  • Small Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Woman Owned Business
  • Veteran Owned Business
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business
  • LGBTQ Owned Business
  • Minority Owned Business
  • 8 (a) Business Development
  • HUBZone

Certification Agencies

Federal System for Award Management

Website: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/

Eligibility Requirement and Benefits: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/articles/Small%20Business%20Cert...

Available Certifications:

  • Small Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Woman Owned Small Business
  • Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Business
  • 8 (a) Business Development
  • HUBZone
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

Instructions: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-guide/basic-requirements and https://certify.sba.gov/ 

Note: Please make sure you do not choose private registration, which means that other entities cannot find you in the system and confirm your certified status.

California Department of General Services Cal eProcure

Eligibility Requirement and Benefits: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/PD/Services/Page-Content/Procurement-Division-Services-List-Folder/Certify-or-Re-apply-as-Small-Business-Disabled-Veteran-Business-Enterprise

Available Certifications:

  • Small Business
  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise

Instructions: Go to the Cal eProcure site (https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/sbdvbe-index.aspx) and click in the box on the left that says Click Here to Get Certified under Small Business/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise.

Note: You will need to complete two steps: 1) Register as a Sourcing Bidder; 2) Get certified

California Public Utilities Commission

Eligibility Requirement and Benefits: http://www.thesupplierclearinghouse.com/apply.html and https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/certifications/

Available Certifications:

  • Women-owned
  • Minority-owned
  • LGBT-owned

US Department of Veteran Affairs

Eligibility Requirement and Benefits: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/verification/

Available Certifications:

  • Veteran Owned Business

Note: Please read Prepare for Verification Instructions (https://www.va.gov/osdbu/docs/PreparingForVerificationFundamentals.pdf) to speed up your verification process

Certification Benefits

  • University of California 25% spend goal for small and diverse business utilization
  • Federal government 23% government-wide contracting goal for small business utilization
  • Eligibility for small business set-aside and federal contracts
  • Application of a five percent small business preference on applicable State solicitations
  • Placement in governmental databases
  • Placement on UCSB's Small Business lists

Small and Diverse Supplier Information Form

By completing the form below you agree that you are providing information to Procurement Services that may be distributed to the UCSB community if there is a request for a commodity or service that your company sells. This does not imply an endorsement by UCSB of your company, product or service and does not obligate UCSB in any way. The campus department will be solely responsible for determining if your offering meets their business needs. The information you submit will be added to an internal database for small and diverse businesses that is categorized by commodity area and made available to purchasers. UCSB is decentralized and purchasing decisions are made locally by departments. 

Small and Diverse Supplier Information Form

Coming soon!