Small Business Program

SJSU supports Small Business Legislation that 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 registered small businesses are granted a 5% bid preference when certification is submitted with bids.


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

For additional information on how to become a certified small business, visit Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Ent. (SB/DVBE).