Small Business Growth Opportunity Council

Small Business Growth Opportunity Council

The Small Business Growth Opportunity Council was first created as the Mentor-Protégé Council to support of the Port of Portland’s Mentor-Protégé Program. In 1998 the council name was changed to the Construction Industry Opportunity Council, and then changed again to SB-GO! in 2008.

The Small Business Growth Opportunity Council assists in promoting and developing minority, women, and small businesses. As SB-GO! looks to the future, our goal is to facilitate building bridges to opportunities for its members. SB-GO! will focus on five key action areas associated with small business: relationships, education, partnerships, member recruitment/engagement, and advocacy.

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.

Committee Leadership

  • Chair: Deborah Matthews, Pacificmark Construction
  • Staff Liaison: Karla Holland, 503-685-8319

Meeting Frequency

Eight times each year, immediately following the OAME Contractors Committee meeting on the second Friday of each month. Meetings are held at the OAME Center, 4134 N Vancouver Ave., Portland.

How to Get Involved

Open to all chapter members and is often attended by non-members

Guiding Principles


  • Encourage attendance by mid-sized general contractors and larger specialty contractors; attendance by project managers and supervisors is preferred over owners and CEOs.
  • Create events/meetings that encourage interaction between attendees
  • Encourage open dialogue between all businesses to improve relationships
  • Celebrate successes of small businesses through regular articles, media support, etc.

Continuing Education & Professional Development

  • Sponsor educational seminars for minority, women-owned, and small businesses that focus on the business skills needed to be successful. Speakers will be AGC associate members, related professionals, or staff.
  • Promote and encourage attendance at other AGC and business community events


  • Sponsor and participate in key, strategic events (e.g., National Minority Enterprise Development Week, OAME Trade Show), establish strong relationships with related business groups, Hispanic Chamber, National Association of Minority Contractors–Oregon (NAMCO).
  • Participate in Port’s semi-annual M-P Advisory Board meetings
  • Participate in City of Portland/Multnomah County Sheltered Market Program
  • Recruit new mentors from AGC membership for Port’s M-P program

Membership Recruitment/Engagement

  • Recruit protégés, SMP participants, Hispanic Chamber members, OAME contractor members, and small businesses to join AGC and participate in its activities, such as annual meeting, the Construction Leadership Council, and Specialty Contractors Council.
  • Sponsor protégé members at AGC Annual Meeting
  • Encourage participation of both small businesses and larger contractors with SB-GO and other councils


  • Promote the role of small business in creating jobs, and assist small business in carrying out that role
  • Promote a cooperative and constructive relationship between small and large contractors
  • Encourage business practices that support the development and growth of small business

View SBGO charter

For more information contact Karla Holland, 503-685-8319.

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