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UCSF Health Supplier Diversity Program

For Suppliers


UCSF Health is committed to providing contracting and procurement opportunities to the small and diverse business community.  Below is a list of agencies and organizations that provide acceptable small, local or diverse business certifications.  It is not meant to be an exhaustive list.  Most U.S. States offer their own small business or disabled veteran business certifications, which are also accepted.

We also encourage small and diverse suppliers to register as a supplier with Supplier.IO, which is the supplier database for the entire University of California system.  Supplier.IO’s SupplierOne Registration portal enables diverse and small business suppliers to be discovered by over 400 corporations looking for new supplier sources.  Suppliers can create free profiles with the information UCSF Health needs to know when evaluating companies and products.  Refer to Explorer Professional section below for more information.


California Resources

California Department of General Services Cal eProcure – California’s Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Certification Programs

City/County of San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division

County of Alameda – Small Business (SB) and Emerging Business (EB) certifications

Port of Oakland – Small Business (and Very Small) certification

California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) certifications*

See full list of CA DBE/ACDBE certifying agencies here

*Certification by any State DOT or other local DOT delegated organization accepted


Federal Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration

                8(a) Business Development

                Historically Underutilized Business Certification (HUBZone)

                Woman Owned Small Business

                Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business

Federal System for Award Management (SAM) – Federal database for businesses to self-certify themselves with the federal government and become available to federal agencies and organizations seeking businesses with a wide variety of capabilities. This database has eliminated the need for businesses to register themselves on multiple systems.

  • Eligibility requirement and benefits

  • 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

  • Note: Please make sure not to choose private registration, which means that other entities cannot find them in the system and confirm their certified status.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certification

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, only federal agency.  Supports minority-owned businesses.  Database contains descriptive information on MBEs throughout the U.S and is designed to match firms with actual contract opportunities.


Non-Governmental Resources

The following links are for organizations that offer services to small and diverse businesses and provide related certifications.  Note that a number of these organizations require membership fees and there is no University requirement that small and diverse businesses join these organizations.


National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) – Business membership organization. The regional councils certify and match more than 15,000 minority owned businesses with member corporations which want to purchase goods and services.


Small Business Exchange – A business information resource for small Asian, Black, Hispanic woman and disabled veteran-owned businesses


Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – Advocates for women-owned businesses.  Third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States.  Provides its certified women's business enterprises (WBEs) with access to a range of B2B sourcing tools.


National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – the business voice of the LGBT community, is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities for the LGBT business community.  NGLCC is the exclusive third-party certifying body for Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) companies.


Explorer Professional

UC has partnered with ( for supplier diversity data enrichment and access to their Explorer Professional platform.  To assist in our efforts to engage with vendors, please take a moment to register, or update, your business within  By submitting your information at, you will be entered into the supplier database where all UC locations throughout California can access your information.  Please note that registering as a vendor does not guarantee a business opportunity.

Click here to view a list of resources for accepted certifications for UCSF Health's Supplier Diversity Program

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