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Employee comments sought on adding small businesses to purchasing policy

The University of California Office of the President invites comments on a proposed revision to Presidential Policy UC-PS-20-0489-BUS-43 Purchases of Goods and Services; Supply Chain Management.  The proposed revision is to include the Small Business First Program. 

The Small Business First Program is designed to address the following:

  • Support existing policy for awarding 25% Economically and Socially Responsible spend annually to small and diverse-owned businesses (see UC Sustainable Practices Policy)
  • Take advantage of California Public Contract Code Section 10508.5 that allows the University to award purchase agreements valued up to $250,000 to a certified small business without being competitively bid, so long as the UC obtains price quotations from two or more certified small businesses
  • Bring procurement practices further in line with the University's overall mission and values
  • Strengthen the small business community, which is the engine of California's economy, given that 99.8% of California's businesses are small and employ 48.8% of California's private workforce. For every $100 spent at a small business, approximately $68 stays in California
  • Prepare UC to lead the way in California's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. Statewide, as of November 25, 2020, the number of small businesses decreased by 30.7% compared to January 2020. As the third largest employer in the state, UC supports 1 in 46 of all California jobs and contributes $32.8B annually to gross state product. Additional spend from UC could be the lifeline small businesses need to survive and thrive.

The Small Business First Program also includes the following:

  • Exclusions for UC Health as well as Design & Construction
  • Exemption for federally funded purchases

The proposed policy is posted here:


If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at, no later than April 15, 2021. Please indicate “BFB-BUS-43” in the subject line.

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM

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