Small Business First Program

As part of UC San Diego's commitment to increasing access to business opportunities with UC San Diego Health, we have implemented the University of California's Small Business First initiative.

Fast. Easy. Empowering.

Small Business First is a "set-aside" program that increases contracting and procurement opportunities for certified Small Businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) by using a streamlined quotation process. The quotation-to-award process encourages your participation by making the procurement process easier.

How the Program Works

Small Business First calls for all UC contracts and procurements between $10,000 and $250,000 to be awarded to an SB or DVBE, wherever applicable. To make an award, only one quote is required for purchases below $100,000, and only two quotes are required for procurements above $100,000 up to $250,000.

Certified small businesses are welcome to participate in the program.

See the Suggested Certifying Agencies.

How to Prepare to Participate in the Small Business First Program:

UC San Diego Health is committed to encouraging small, local and disadvantaged business participation in our Supply Chain-led activities.


Register for opportunities to work with UC San Diego Health as a supplier

Please register by following the link.