Are you a construction industry firm? Here’s how to start working with PSU


Hey, are you an MWESB construction industry firm?

That means, are you an engineer, a construction contractor, an architect, or a purveyor of construction materials or equipment?

Do you want to do business with Portland State University?

If so, check this out.

This week I met with Stacey Balenger, the Interim Supervisor of Construction Contracting at PSU. We had a fun meeting where I showed her team

Does PSU value diversity in their contracting?

Yes! They have goals they would like to do even better at. Here’s their full equity procurement policy:

Ms. Balenger would like to encourage any emerging, minority owned or woman owned businesses to please take a look at PSU’s On Call Contractor and Consultant RFP posted here:

If you’re not in construction but want to contract with PSU, here are the rest of the procurement contacts at PSU.

Good luck!

I talked with a new business owner, and she said…

She was really frustrated!

Why was she so frustrated?

Her business is as a professional mediator and policy writer for agencies. She has already gotten a government contract, and she spent some time working inside of government, so she feels pretty savvy with paperwork and government processes.

She registered her LLC, and then she registered in ORPIN. So far, so good, right?

The trouble is, she keeps getting email notices about cement. And mustard. And pothole repair. None of these things related to her. How does this make her feel?


She has to go and look at all of these emails to see if she could possibly use these opportunities. Nearly every time, the answer is no.

Now she’s just sending emails from ORPIN into her junk folder.

She’s despairing of ever getting a government contract.

It’s really sad when people use systems that are just not serving them.

It doesn’t have to be this hard.

When I talked with her, I told her that she is the reason why I made Oregon Procurement Search. I made it for small businesses just like her.

She didn’t know she had options other than ORPIN. I told her that my goal with Oregon Procurement Search was to get each procurement opportunity in Oregon in one place. 

If you have any questions about how to use this site, or how to make it better, please ping me on twitter @stevehavelka, or email our team at info @oregonprocurementsearch .com.