Small Business and DVBE Information

Program Overview

Certification Benefits

Cal Poly promotes an open, fair and inclusive procurement environment. The university welcomes responses from all suppliers. This includes small businesses (SB), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) vendors.

Section 14835 et seq. of the California Government Code requires that a 5% preference be given to bidders who qualify as a small business. The rules and regulations of this law, including the definition of a small business as issued by the California State University , are contained in Title 2, California Administrative Code Section 1896 et seq. To claim the Small Business 5% preference (which may not exceed $50,000 for any bid) your firm must have its principal place of business located in California and be certified by the State of California Department of General Services (DGS). Vendors interested in being verified for future bids can apply for the Small Business and DVBE Certification by filling out the application online or by contacting the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS) at:

Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS)
707 3rd Street, 1st Floor, Room 1-400
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Phone: (916) 375-4940

To apply online go to the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services.