Supplier Diversity Resources

Business, Commodity and Diverse Classification Coding Resources

Finding Diverse Businesses: The UC System has contracted with a supplier to provide a diverse supplier locator tool to which Campus Buyers and Strategic Sourcing Specialists have access.  If you are a Research Administrator, Laboratory Manager or Project Manager and wish to have access, please contact [email protected] so that she can set you up to access the database. The locator is a great tool for those departments needing to create Small Business Subcontracting Plans or wishing to purchase from diverse and disadvantaged businesses.

North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) – The standard for classifying business establishments for the collection, tabulation, presentation, and analysis of statistical data.  Groups establishments into industries according to similarity in the processes used to produce goods or services. 

In completing the Substitute W-9 and Vendor Information Form, the supplier must provide the applicable United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) for its business – see UNSPSC explanation below.

SBA NAICS Lookup Page – This lookup tool helps you to determine if you qualify as "small" and to find your NAICS code or codes. The size standards in this table apply to most of SBA's programs and to many other Federal Government programs and actions where eligibility as a small business is a factor or a consideration.

UNSPSC – An open, global, multisector standard for efficient, accurate classification of products and services used by the University of California to track the commodities which its suppliers offer to the University.  When completing the Substitute W-9 and Supplier Information Form with UC Berkeley, a supplier must provide the appropriate commodity code(s) for its goods and/or services.

State of California Resources

California Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division (PD) – Sets State procurement policies and provides purchasing services.  It delegates purchasing authority; certifies Small and/or Disabled Veteran businesses to do business with the State; sponsors the Small Business Council; participates in the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Council; and provides innovative purchasing methods that save taxpayers' dollars, integrating quality solutions to meet customers' needs.

Federal Resources

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) – Primary regulations for use by all federal executive agencies in their acquisition of supplies and services with appropriated funds.

Health & Human Services (HHS) Small Business Office – Advocate for small businesses through various program activities and outreach efforts to maximize prime and subcontract acquisition opportunities at the NIH for small businesses owned by the disadvantaged, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) concerns.

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small businesses as well as helps families and businesses recover from national disasters. Useful information and search tools make this website a must for small business information.

In addition, the Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has multiple organizations participating in this cooperative agreement at Veteran Business Outreach Centers. 

System for Award Management – 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.

Non-Governmental Resources

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

  • 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.
  • 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.