Community Partnerships and Awards

UC San Diego welcomes active community partnerships with organizations that support the inclusion of all suppliers, which is a key success factor for our Supplier Diversity Program. UC San Diego is proud to support and collaborate with local partner organizations to increase economic capacity for small and diverse businesses in San Diego communities.  

We strongly believe partnerships provide UC San Diego with a personal opportunity to network and interact with the diverse business community. 

Awards & News

Community Opportunities

Workshops Series 

Sponsored by Small Business Development Center North San Diego

Common Legal Pitfalls Faced By Small Businesses
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All You Need To Know About Small Business Taxes
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Planning For Small Business Success
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Certification Workshops for Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (PDF)
Sponsored by Caltrans District 11
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00am or 1:00 - 3:00pm 

Category Sourcing Exchange: Retail Products & Sercices
Sponsored by Council for Supplier Diversity
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:00 - 5:00pm 

"Cruisin' for Connections"
Sponsored by Council for Supplier Diversity
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4:30 - 6:30pm | Registration |
Contact Ron Garnett at 858-537-2281 for more information.

Caltrans: District 11 Small Business Council Meetings 2014 (PDF)
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San Diego Supplier Development Council Networking Meetings for Small Businesses
Every 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Eligible small businesses desiring to make a five minute presentation to showcase their company and promote their products and/or services should first attend at least one regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Snapshot Highlight's for 2013

Number of Marketplace Small & Diverse Suppliers 1,391*

*Marketplace Small & Diverse Suppliers by Category

Women-Owned Small Business


Minority-Owned Business


Certified Small Business Concern


Veteran-Owned Small Business


Small Disadvantaged Business


Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned


HUBZone Small Business


Small Business


Alaska Native Corporation


  • Small & Diverse Suppliers generated 42,362 totaling $25,496,601
  • Small Business Contract Awards 09

Public Agency Consortium (PAC)

The Public Agency Consortium (PAC) is a committed partnership of San Diego regional public agencies focused on increasing bidding opportunities and the likelihood of success of small businesses on public agency contracts. 

2014 PAC Annual Sponsored Events:



March 26

Caltrans District 11 Procurement & Resource Fair

July 9

San Diego Unified School District Construction Expo

July 16

Operation Opportunity

August 12

UCSD Supplier Diversity Expo


Paths to Partnership

This partnership includes:


"Small busineses need a lot of help and guidance in doing work with organizations like UCSD. 

Your support of the Small Business Development Center Programs and in our advisory board is much appreciated."

Sudershan Shaunak
North County SBDC

"Thank you for the many panels you have participated on as well as the hundreds of small businesses you have met with at the “Meet the Buyers” and “Matchmaking” events.  

Last year, the SBDC was able to help small businesses generate $11,000,000 in awarded contracts."

Lynn Pittman
Marketing Consultant,
North County SBDC

"Just a little note to say hello and thank you again for all the hard work you put into small business. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with you and the USCD campus."

Tifani Swink
President - Sales Manager 
R.J. Safety Supply