A Big Welcome to The City of Beaverton!


City of Beaverton Oregon

We are so pleased to announce that The City of Beaverton Oregon is the third subscriber to PDXProcurementSearch.com!

Each time an agency joins PDXProcurementSearch.com and OregonProcurementSearch.com, the world of discovering government contracts gets just a little bit easier for the average small business. Why? 

Because instead of depending on separate marketing teams to get the word out about procurement opportunities individually, now all marketing teams at each agency can point small businesses to one place to get updates about any opportunity they have.

This reduces wasted time and effort on the part of the agency marketing teams, and on the part of the small business owner. It’s a win-win for everyone!


This wonderful partnership will help the City of Beaverton get more MWESB contracts by putting their contracting opportunities in front of people on Twitter, on PDXProcurementSearch.com and OregonProcurementSearch.com.  Follow PDXProcurement on Twitter and follow ORProcurement Search on Twitter.

We are so grateful to Mayor Danny Doyle, Purchasing Agent Terry Muralt, and the finance team at the City of Beaverton for investing in getting their bids in front of a more diverse group of suppliers.

Of course, just discovering the opportunity is the first step.

What can a small business do to get a contract once they’ve discovered an opportunity they’d like to bid on?

Next, you’ve got to see if you’re qualified to submit a bid.

How can you make your firm more competitive?

First of all, get Certified as an MWESB firm. That means Minority Owned, Woman Owned, Emerging Small Business. These are three separate certifications. You can find out more about how to apply for these certifications at Oregon4Biz.

After you are certified, check out Govology.com to find out how to break into the government marketplace.


Welcome aboard to Portland State University!

PSU and PDXProcurementSearch.com

I have such fantastic news! As of August, 2015, Portland State University is the second subscriber to PDXProcurementSearch.com, and the first university subscriber!

This brings me joy, because I myself have studied at PSU, and all of my four siblings have graduated from Portland State University. PSU is a school dedicated to keeping college affordable for all students, and it offers a range of classes to over 50,000 students every year. Naturally, they have many employees, a complex campus, and lots of calls for a variety of services and products.

PSU’s procurement listings will soon be available on this site, so if you’re interested in getting contracts with PSU, just go to http://pdxprocurementsearch.com, type in Portland State University, and start searching!

Here’s how PSU is supporting MWESB contracting. They have created a Diversity Action Plan (DAP). If you’d like to read their Equity in Public Contracting policy, just click here. (opens a new window, it’s a PDF) and see how you can connect with them,

Are you a construction firm, engineering firm, architectural firm, or other construction related firm? If you have any questions about how to do business with PSU, here’s the construction procurement information for PSU. If your question isn’t answered by this page, then contact Stacey Ballenger.

Stacey Ballenger is the Construction Procurement Supervisor.


Stacey Balenger is currently the Supervisor of Construction Contracting and before that she was a Contracts Officer in CAPS at PSU since 2009. Her current duties include the supervision of Construction project procurements including public improvement projects, small capital construction projects, and On-Call agreements. Stacey has a strong background in promoting contract opportunities for Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses (MWESB) and also the procurement of sustainable products and equipment. She is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and is active with the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs. Stacey graduated from PSU in 2014 with a degree in Social Science.

If your business is not construction related, you might want to look at the purchasing section of the PSU website, and if your question still isn’t answered, contact Karen Thomson.

Karen Thomson is the Assistant Director of Procurement.


Karen Thomson manages the procurement and contracting activities for goods and services for PSU. Her role includes the supervision of the central procurement office staff, ensuring compliance with all state and federal contracting regulations, and the implementation of best procurement practices in higher education. Prior to her current position, Karen served as Assistant General Counsel for Research at PSU and also as a Contracts Officer in Research and Strategic Partnerships. Her background includes the management of procurement activities and global contracts for Mentor Graphics Corporation. Karen holds a BS with Honors in Political Science from PSU and a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.