How do to business with CSULB

How to do business with CSULB

Small Business Program

The CSULB supports Small Business Legislation which provides for small business preference where responsibility and quality are equal. The goal of the program is to reach out to the small business community and give responsive and responsible suppliers a fair and equal opportunity to compete for campus business. To achieve this goal all State of California registered small businesses are granted a 5% bid preference when California Department of General Services (DGS) certification is submitted with bids.

The first step in helping Small Business Enterprises (SBE) with business opportunities in working with the CSU, is to register with DGS and then create and a supplier account on the Financial Information System for California (FI$CAL).  California Department of General Services.

FI$CAL: Interested Suppliers may register for access to Fi$cal through the CaleProcure homepage:

CSUBuy: Interested Suppliers may also search posted bid opportunities for CSU, including CSULB at

In addition, we also recommend that as a small or disadvantaged business be sure to register with the State of California as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE). Without this DGS certification, we cannot provide the opportunities outlined below according to CSU Policy. The CSU Contracts and Procurement Policy allows for a reduction in competition when requesting SBE bids.  

Below are the CSU Policy guidelines our office follows in seeking business opportunities with all Small Business owners.

Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Business Enterprises

CSU awarding departments are prohibited from using the data compiled under this policy to discriminate or provide a preference in the awarding of any contracts. Contractors are prohibited from using the information compiled under this policy to discriminate or provide a preference in the solicitation or acceptance of bids for subcontracting, or for materials or equipment, on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, or ancestry.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Goal

The CSU supports the spirit of the Legislature's declaration as set forth in the Small Business Procurement and Contracts Act (G.C. 14835 et seq.) and supports the goals established by the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS), to the extent of participation of small businesses, including micro-businesses, in the provision of goods, information technology, and services to the state, and in the construction of state facilities.

To provide small businesses an opportunity to request preference, the Small Business Preference Form or an equivalent advisory statement shall be included in all CSU bid solicitations for the procurement of goods and for service agreements. Certified Small Businesses are required to provide evidence of certification by OSDS by referencing OSDS certification number. This is required from bidders in order for a bid preference to be granted.

Video of how to certify with the state for Small Business and DVBE.

SBE Bid Preference Example:

  • Bidder A Certified SBE responds with a $100,000 bid.
  • Bidder B Non-Certified Supplier responds with a $96,000 bid.
  • Bidder A is a certified small business, granted a 5% bid preference, wins the award, and is paid $100,000 for the project.

SBE Option

A campus may award a contract for the acquisition of goods, services or information technology that has an estimated value of less than $250,000, through an informal bid process without advertising, to a certified small business enterprise, as long as the campus obtains price quotations from two or more certified small business enterprises as referenced in Government Code Section 14838.5.

California State University Contracts and Procurement Policy: (CSU staff only; login required)

Contact the CSULB SBE and DVBE Advocate, Terri Reilly 562.985.8290 or