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What We Do

Core Services

The Small Business Development Office (SBDO) helps departments comply with equal opportunity practices for purchasing goods and services by university policy. We make every effort to ensure that all persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin, have equal access to contracts and other business opportunities with the university. Our team actively cultivates opportunities for qualified small and diverse businesses through various outreach activities, communications, and events. 

SBDO Core Services

Below is an overview of some core services provided by our team to cultivate small business development and sustainable procurement at UC San Diego.

  • Identify small, diverse businesses as suppliers of goods and services for consideration by UC San Diego Procurement & Contracts and campus clients
  • Inform suppliers of UC San Diego’s policies and procedures to help them identify possible campus clients
  • Educate suppliers about how to do business with UC San Diego
  • Expand campus awareness of equal opportunities in business contracting
  • Advertise the Supplier Diversity Program in campus publications
  • Cultivate listings of small, diverse businesses for distribution to campus customers and administrators of small business subcontracting plans
  • Act as a liaison between the small business community, UC San Diego Procurement & Contracts, and campus customers
  • Participate in off-campus community organizations and local trade fairs to communicate UC San Diego’s commitment to equal opportunity in procurement and business contracting
  • Develop and monitor diverse, small, disadvantaged business subcontracting plans for federal contracts that exceed $700,000
  • Produce purchasing reports to the UC Office of the President, management, and federal funding agencies regarding campus utilization of small, diverse businesses
  • Build relationships with diverse suppliers through site visits