Oregon Small Business Initiative
The Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors have joined forces to create the Oregon Small Business Initiative. Today’s infrastructure projects are more difficult and technical than ever before, and the initiative was created to improve the capability and capacity all contractors working on ODOT projects, including primes; subcontractors; and minority, women, and emerging small businesses (MWESB). The initiative will accomplish this through several means: training for MWESB contractors on general business subjects, such as estimating and bidding, certified payroll, and cash flow management, with additional ODOT-specific information that could include training with specific prime contractors; training for prime contractors that could include diversity, mentoring, and small business issues; and facilitating networking between MWESB and prime contractors.
ODOT Office of Civil Rights has developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, which is now posted on the Office of Civil Rights DBE Program web page under Resource Documents.
The DBE FAQs provide information on the following:
- Program Background
- Certification Eligibility
- DBE Goals (Overall and Contract – general information)
- DBE Goals on A&E Contracts
- DBE Goals on Construction Contracts
- Contract Administration: Monitoring DBE Participation
- DBE Networking, Outreach & Resources
ODOT Small Business Prime Opportunities
The Oregon Department of Transportation lets projects in a variety of scopes and sizes. The agency encourages eligible small business contractors to become prequalified and submit prime contractor bids on appropriate-sized and scoped projects.
As of May 31, 2013, the six month project letting schedule includes the following estimated projects sizes:
- 10 projects – $100,000–$500,000 range
- 7 projects – $500,000–$1 million range
- 19 projects – $1–$2 million range
To view these and other ODOT project opportunities, click on the link to the six month project letting forecast list below.
- Search the six month project forecast schedule by bid date, estimated project size, region, county, and keyword here.
- Prequalify as a prime bidder for ODOT here.
- Tips to avoid bid rejection for ODOT projects here.
- View advertised project bidding plans and specifications on eBIDS and register as a bidding plan holder for a project here.
Overcoming Obstacles: Best Practices for Subcontractors, General Contractors, and Public Agencies
The SB-GO! Council tackled some general issues with doing business in the construction industry. From nearly two years of meetings comes a whitepaper, with suggestions and tricks to be more profitable and successful.
ODOT Highway/Bridge Construction Contracting Useful Websites
- ODOT Home Page
- Contracting Web Portal
- To register for monthly email (listserve) update of highway construction project opportunities
- Procurement Office – Construction
- Schedule of Upcoming Projects
- Notice to Contractors
- Bid and Award Information
- Bid Tabs – Bid and Award Information
- Average Bid Prices
- NOI – Bid and Award Information
- ODOT Small Contracting Program
- Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN)
ORPIN help desk: 503-378-4642
- Office of Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Businesses
- ODOT Office of Civil Rights
More calendar items are available here. We have an extensive calendar, and many events not specifically targeted to small or MWESB businesses that would be beneficial. To add events, meetings, or opportunities to the calendar, contact Karla Holland, 503-685-8319.
Upcoming Small Business Events
|Mar 13, 2014||Free Small Business Tax Webinar||Webinar||Small Business||The Internal Revenue Service is hosting a FREE webinar on tax season updates. The webinar will provide timely information to assist small businesses.|
|Mar 14, 2014||SB-GO! Meeting||Oregon Association of Minority Entrep.||Small Business||Jennifer Erickson from Slayden Construction Group, and Judy Betts, from Hamilton Construction, will discuss managing employees on jobsite, dealing with difficult employees, and practical tips to help as the construction season picks up. Meetings are held immediately following the OAME Contractors Committee meeting.|
|Mar 19, 2014||Estimating and Bidding Workshop||Metropolitan Cont Improvement Partnershi||Small Business||Presented by the Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership. Check the MCIP website for updates to their workshop schedule, www.mcip-pdx.org.|
|Mar 19, 2014||Mega Business Mixer 2014||Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown||Small Business||Come meet new people, build allies, make connections with officers from various procurement departments, and learn about the resources each organization provides. The focus of this event is to build bridges for chamber members to connect with each other and with potential contracting officers from the state agencies and large corporations.|
|Mar 26, 2014||Reverse Vendor Trade Show||Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum||Small Business||The Oregon Public Purchasing Association & Columbia Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) present the 9th annual Reverse Vendor Trade Show. Registration includes face to face meetings with agency buyers, information on how to do business with government agencies, and the OPPA and Columbia Chapter membership directory.|
To add events, meetings, or opportunities to the calendar, contact Karla Holland, 503-685-8319.