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.


DBE FAQs

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.

Read more…


ODOT Highway/Bridge Construction Contracting Useful Websites

OAME Links

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

Date Event Name Location Category Description
Apr 30, 2014 2014 Governor's Marketplace Conference Salem Conference Center Small Business Governor's Marketplace Conference brings together state, federal, and regional government entities along with private sector firms and non-profit organizations, to help Oregon small businesses achieve greater contracting success.
Apr 30, 2014 Setting Up a Clean Chart of Accounts Workshop Metropolitan Cont Improvement Partnershi Small Business Having a simple but well designed chart of accounts is essential to producing accurate and measurable financial reports and other information. All to often, businesses clutter up their chart of accounts with account duplications, unnecessary accounts, and mislabeled accounts.
May 14, 2014 Prevailing Wage 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.
May 22, 2014 SBA Small Business Awards Luncheon Portland Art Museum Small Business The Portland District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will be hosting the SBA Small Business Week awards luncheon.
May 28, 2014 Understanding Business Finance and Profits 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.

To add events, meetings, or opportunities to the calendar, contact Karla Holland, 503-685-8319.


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