The mission of the University of Colorado Small Business Program is to maximize opportunities for small business concerns to participate in the University's business of procuring goods and services at all dollar levels and regardless of fund source.


CU's Small Business Program (SBP) is administered by the Purchasing Department of the Procurement Service Center (PSC). The PSC is committed to supporting the mission of the SBP. In addition, all campus departments that require goods and services have a responsibility to support and cooperate with the SBP. Department staff with the authority to purchase using Departmental Purchase Orders (DPOs), or Procurement Cards, are integral to the success of this program.


The PSC's efforts in support of the Small Business Program include:

  • Educating campus departments and Purchasing Agents on the SBP, providing them with potential small- and disadvantaged-vendor sources, and training them on the use of SBA Dynamic Small Business Search;
  • Circulating small- and disadvantaged-company brochures, as applicable, to appropriate purchasing personnel, including campus department staff;
  • Attending small- and disadvantaged-business fairs, trade shows, and seminars;
  • Informing/reporting to various levels of CU management regarding the University's efforts in the SBP area;
  • Receiving visits from small- and disadvantaged-business representatives;
  • Encouraging small- and disadvantaged-businesses to register in the CU Supplier Portal as well as with SBA Dynamic Small Business Search;
  • Advising small- and disadvantaged-business officials about University procurement procedures; and,
  • Monitoring applicable statutes and regulations to keep apprised of all relevant developments.

Small Business Vendors

Vendors are welcome to contact the PSC's Small Business Liaison Officer to learn how to do business with the University. Vendors are encouraged to register with the federal government's System for Award Management (SAM) and, for more information, to call their local Small Business Administration office.