Oregon Small Business Initiative

The Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter 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 FAQ web page.

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.

To view ODOT project opportunities, click on the link to the six month project letting forecast list below.

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.

See all Calendar items. We have an extensive calendar of events and training for small and  MWESB contractors, and many events not specifically targeted that would be beneficial. To add events, meetings, or opportunities to the calendar, contact Karla Holland, 503-685-8319.

Need more information?

Contact Karla Holland, Communications Manager, for more information.