USC Small Business Diversity Office

The USC Small Business Diversity Office (USC SBDO) commitment to diversity includes promoting the use of small local and diverse suppliers in the university’s procurement activities through:

  • General purchases
  • Sourcing contracts
  • Capital construction and facilities projects

Furthermore, USC SBDO fosters economic growth in Los Angeles and southern California through use of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses, as well as small local businesses within 26 targeted zip codes surrounding USC’s campuses. USC SBDO also advocates for maximum inclusion of small diverse businesses with government subcontract plans for USC research units.

Mission, initiatives and goals

USC SBDO’s mission is to provide professional, responsive and quality services to support the university’s academic, research, social and economic goals. Its vision is to surpass USC’s goal to make 15% of all purchases—regardless of funding source—from small certified veteran, women, minority and small local community businesses.

Services for USC departments

USC SBDO provides many services for USC departments. For example, for federal and state contracts, USC SBDO:

  • Prepares and administers the university master plan for small government subcontract plans in compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARs);
  • Provides and administers small business individual subcontract plans ISPGs for university research projects;
  • Administers the submission of small diverse supplier compliance reports to applicable government funding agencies and USC Contracts and Grants; and
  • Provides annual monitoring of university research units’ small business subcontract plans for diversity inclusion and spend compliance.
  • Maintains a database of certified diverse small businesses for inclusion in university subcontract research projects.

USC Local Vendor Program

Since utilizing small local suppliers contributes to USC’s diverse supplier spend goal, the university promotes the use of small businesses located in 26 targeted zip codes surrounding the University Park, Health Sciences, Alhambra and Marina del Rey campuses:

90006 90015 90033 90230
90007 90017 90037 90231
90008 90018 90043 90232
90011 90021 90058 90291
90012 90023 90062 90292
90013 90031 90063
90014 90032 90071

Diverse suppliers

The supplier classifications below—with the exception of Minority Owned Large Business (MOLB), and Woman Owned Large Business (WOLB)—contribute to USC’s 15% diverse supplier spend goal; classifications with a “Yes” designation contribute to diverse supplier goals set forth in federal and/or state contracts. For a complete description of supplier classifications, refer to USC Supplier Portal Diverse Supplier Classifications (see Related Documents, right).

Code Description Certification Requirements Qualifies for Federal or State Contract Goals
MOLB Minority Owned Large Business Self-identified No
MOSB Minority Owned Small Business Self-identified Yes
PHY Physically Challenged Business Self-identified No
WOLB Woman Owned Large Business Self-identified No
WOSB/EDWOSB Women Owned [Economically Disadvantaged] Small Business Certified by SBA Yes
HBCU/MI Historically Black College/ University and Minority Institution Self-identified Yes
S Small Business Self-identified Yes
ANC Alaska Native Corporation Self-identified Yes
SDB Small Disadvantaged Business Self-identified Yes
8(A) Certified Business Development Program Certified by SBA Yes
HUBZone Historically Underutilized Business Certified by SBA Yes
CDVBE California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certified by State of California Yes
VOSB Veteran Owned Small Business Self-identified Yes
SDVOSB Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Self-identified Yes

Supplier certification resources

Community partners

The following organizations offer resources and services to business owners:

Contact information

Rhonda Thornton-Crawford, PhD
Administrator and Small Business Liaison Officer

Let’s talk diversity! USC SBDO virtual office hours

USC SBDO offers virtual office hours every Wednesday afternoon from 2:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (Passcode: DIVERSITY). Feel free to drop in with questions and connect with the staff.