ANNOUNCING: Seminole State College Now Partnering with Procurement Search

Businesses of all sizes can experience the benefits of Procurement Search, now partnering with Seminole State College

Sanford, Fl., August 10, 2018 – Procurement Search, the first procurement and contracting search platform to provide vendors a one-stop resource, today announced a partnership with Seminole State College of Sanford, Fl., to provide vendors instant access to their solicitations via the Procurement Search platform ( The new offering supports Seminole State College’s efforts to improve their engagement with the local vendor community.

Procurement Search is committed to democratizing government contracting. The disparity between the business community and the demographic of awarded contracts is something we can address,” said Steve Havelka, founder and CEO of Procurement Search. “By partnering with Seminole State College, we are helping them work with a wider, more competitive vendor community, and we are bringing their solicitation opportunities to businesses that would otherwise miss out on the chance to work with this vibrant organization.”

For most companies, prospecting for government contracts is not their priority. In most cases they have tried, and become overwhelmed at the myriad solicitation platforms in their local region, and left contracting opportunities on the table to those few firms that can navigate the systems. Government agencies are then left to work with those firms with familiarity with their systems–which aren’t necessarily the firms that can provide competitive bids and best value on their contracting needs.

Seminole State College’s partnership with Procurement Search will help them align with the business community, through robust, simple, and effective solicitation outreach, across all sectors, provided by Procurement Search. Bridging the technological divide between buyers and their local business community begins today.

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About Procurement Search

Procurement Search brings simple, powerful government contract discovery to businesses of all sizes. Featuring a robust search technology platform and modern, mobile-friendly user interface, Procurement Search removes technological barriers to access and opens up contracting to more businesses, especially those from historically underutilized communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @SearchProcuremt.


ANNOUNCING: Sound Transit Becomes Customer of Procurement Search

Cloud-based platform streamlines discovery of solicitations and contracting opportunities for vendors and small businesses, boosts competitive bidding and maximizes taxpayer dollar spend

SEATTLE, Wash. – June 14, 2018 – Procurement Search, the leading procurement and solicitation search engine, today announced that Sound Transit, the public transit agency serving the Seattle metropolitan area, has gone live, listing for the first time their solicitations on the Procurement Search platform ( Sound Transit has selected Procurement Search to help support their contractor and vendor outreach and to improve the competitiveness of their bids and the value they bring to taxpayers.

The implementation by Sound Transit demonstrates Procurement Search’s ability to provide robust, simple, and effective solutions for vendor outreach across a variety of sectors, including construction, architecture and engineering, professional services, and goods. With this implementation, Procurement Search and Sound Transit are poised to open up contracting opportunities to a much wider and more diverse vendor pool, improving use of taxpayer dollars and increasing contracting among firms that better reflect the demographics of the Seattle-area business community.

By partnering with Procurement Search, Sound Transit is sending a message to the Seattle-area small business community that they are ready to work with new firms, that they are open for business,” said Steve Havelka, Chief Executive Officer at Procurement Search.

Featuring a robust search technology platform and modern, mobile-friendly user interface, Procurement Search removes technological barriers to access and opens up contracting to more businesses, especially those from historically underutilized communities. Procurement Search is active in several metropolitan areas across the Pacific Northwest and in the Mid-Atlantic region, with plans for nationwide expansion actively underway.

Free Webinar: Social Media Deep Dive for Your Procurement Office

Are you using social media to reach out to your vendor community?  If not, you should be, and we’ll show you how!

Vendors throughout your region are using social media to talk with their customers, build their businesses, and look for new opportunities.  Social media is a powerful way to get your bids and opportunities in front of a wider audience, too.

You can reach more potential vendors, with less effort, using the social media strategies we’ll teach you in this free 30-minute webinar.  You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify vendors and identify the best platform for your office,
  • Build a content calendar,
  • And use automated tools to save you time as you make use of social media.

Watch our free 30-minute webinar, where we’ll take a closer look at how you can use social media platforms to connect with a wider and more engaged audience, right from this page:

Questions?  Comments?  We’d love to hear from you!

Drop us a line at info @, or give us a call at 503-395-5303.


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Free Webinar: Maximizing Outreach for Your Procurement Office

Are you part of a procurement office, large or small, and you want to do more effective outreach to your local business community?  Or do you work with DBE-certified and state-certified firms, and you’d like to connect with more of them?

We’ve been helping agencies across the Pacific Northwest do just that since 2015, through our platform, through social media campaigns, and more.  And now, we’d like to start sharing what we’ve learned with you.

You can watch our free 30-minute webinar, with helpful tips and advice for getting your bids and opportunities in front of a wider and more engaged audience, in the player right on this page:

Questions?  Comments?  We’d love to hear from you!

Drop us a line at info @, or give us a call at 503-395-5303.


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City of Portland NOW lets primes advertise sub opportunities using PDXProcurementSearch

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Incredible news!

City of Portland has revised its legal requirements in Section 3 of its procurement guidelines to include PDXProcurementSearch as a way for primes to advertise sub contracting opportunities to certified firms.

This means that if you’re a prime, like Skanska, Turner, Howard S. Wright or other primes, your advertising requirements for certified sub contractors can partially be met by advertising with

This will make you more competitive for winning big bidding contracts with the City of Portland!

If you are a prime now is the perfect time to start listing your sub contracting opportunities with

Just call 503-395-5303 to get started.


Welcome to Portland Public Schools! is pleased and proud to announce that Portland Public Schools has joined as our latest member agency!

Thank you so much, Portland Public Schools, for helping small businesses find and bid on your contracts!

On July 16, 2012 the PPS Board of Education adopted the Equity in Public Purchasing and Contracting (EPPC) Policy.

The EPPC Policy has three primary goals:

  • Provide greater professional, supplier, construction, and personal service opportunities to minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and emerging small businesses.
  • Increase the numbers of women and minorities in the construction trades through apprenticeship opportunities on District construction contracts.
  • Leverage our public contracting activity to expand the number of young people of color and young women participating in a wide variety of career learning programs.

The EPPC policy is adopted as part of the District’s larger Racial Education Equity Policy.  You can read more about the PPS EPPC here:

And, as part of their efforts, PPS has now joined with!  I’m so excited they’re a part of our family.  You can now find every new PPS contract and RFP on

PPS Purchasing & Contracting is now on social media, too!

Use the Twitter?  Then you’ll want to follow PPS Purchasing & Contracting on Twitter!  You can find them at @PPS_Purchasing.

And if you’d just like to browse all of the current contracts with PPS, just use this link:

Still have questions?

If you still have questions about the PPS EPPC policy, please call Aidan Gronauer, the Equity in Public Purchasing & Contracting Manager:  503.916.3113

Once again, welcome aboard PPS!

Welcome and Thank You Multnomah County!

PDXProcurementSearch is pleased to announce that Multnomah County is our next customer! Thank you so much Multnomah County for helping more small businesses find and bid on your contracts!

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How do you get a contract with Multnomah County?

For Formal ITBs,  RFPs, RFQs (above $150,000);

Step 1. Search for bids and proposals on our website, or
Step 2. Register for notifications about an opportunity.
Step 3. Review requirements and instructions.
Step 4. Submit your bid or proposal on time.

For Intermediate Procurements ($10,000-$150,000);
Step 1. Be registered as a state certified firm, if applicable.
Step 2. Respond to quote requests from County.

For Small Procurements (Below $10,000);
Step 1. Be registered as a state certified firm, if applicable.
Step 2. Respond to quote requests from County.

The good news is, if you go below the purchasing threshold, you have very simple steps to succeed.

What firms should go for contracts with Multnomah County?

Multnomah County buys EVERYTHING, including:

  • Alcohol and Drug treatment
  • Medication for Health Clinics
  • Books and Periodicals for Libraries
  • Trainers, Facilitators and Consultants
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Veterinary services
  • Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists and Therapists
  • Homeless, Domestic Violence and Youth Advocacy
  • Pest Control
  • Roads and Bridges
Thank you Lee Fleming
Thank you Lee Fleming of Multnomah County

We would like to especially thank Lee Fleming, Supplier Diversity Officer for Multnomah County, for shepherding this process through and supporting an emerging small business. His efforts will help more minority owned, women owned, veteran owned and emerging small businesses succeed in finding government contract opportunities in a one-stop place.

Lee Fleming is a sterling example of procurement professionalism and he truly wants to help small businesses succeed.

You can read more about Multnomah County Purchasing at

If you would like to contact the County, here are some ways to get in touch with them.

Main Purchasing Phone:   503-988-5111
Supplier Diversity Officer: 503-988-7540
Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator:503-988-7995
MWESB Program Specialist: 503-988-7551
Cooperative Contracts & QRF Specialist: 503-988-8376

Hours: 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. M-F

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Ste 125 Portland, OR 97214

Here are 14 tips to help you do business with Multnomah County:

1. Check the website on Fridays. They post new bid and proposal opportunities on Fridays.

2. If you are a minority owned, woman owned, service disabled veteran owned or emerging small business, you should get certified. Get information at the COBID website.

3. Read all of the specifications and instructions.

4. Register for specific solicitations that you may have an interest in responding to.

5. Attend any scheduled pre-bid/proposal meetings.

6. Check the website frequently for and acknowledge addenda.

7. Bid all lines as required.

8. Check your math.

9. Never copy paste from past bids/proposals.

10. Ask yourself how you can give taxpayers the best value and describe in your offer.

11. Do your homework- be familiar with our requirements and the population Multnomah County serves.

12. Make sure to answer all the questions and give specific details or examples.

13. Come in and look at the proposals from previous solicitations, especially the winning proposal.

14. Submit on time.


Welcome to the Oregon Department of Corrections!

Resized Oregon-Department-of-Corrections-logoWhen most people think of the department of corrections, the thing that comes to mind is…prisons. What most people don’t realize is that the Department of Corrections is also one of the largest state agencies, and one of the largest buyers from the business community.

And they buy everything.

Up to now, the Oregon Department of Corrections has been using ORPIN to post their public procurement notices, but all that’s changing now.  Why?

Because the Oregon Department of Corrections is now a member of!  (And, of course, our Portland-area site,!)  You don’t need to watch ORPIN for their new procurement notices anymore.  They’re all right here.

With facilities in every corner of the state, the Oregon Department of Corrections has a huge footprint for procurement of construction, goods, services, and something most other agencies don’t buy much of: food.

Are you a food supplier–a grower or a vendor?  You need to check out the open procurements that the Department of Corrections has right now.  There’s a chance they want exactly what you’re selling.  Click here to see a search for open food procurements.

Not a food supplier?  You can use this link to see all their open procurement opportunities at a glance:

But that’s not all!

The other neat thing I wanted to tell you about, about the Oregon Department of Corrections, is that they’re on Twitter, too!

Follow and you can see all of the latest procurement opportunities as soon as they list them, all in your Twitter feed.

If you want more information…

Please see the Oregon Department of Corrections Purchasing and Contracts page here:

I’m so excited to have the Oregon Department of Corrections as a member of the  Whatever business you’re in, they’d love to hear from you and do business with you.

Welcome Port of Portland!

I’m so excited about this news:  the Port of Portland is now a member of!


Why is this such a big deal?  Because the Port of Portland is one of the major agencies in our region, and they don’t just put out construction procurement opportunities–though they have substantial construction needs.  They also buy goods and services, including IT services, professional development services, training, legal services, and more.

And the Port really wants to work with small, certified firms.  In their own words:

The Port is committed to increasing opportunities for Disadvantaged, Minority-owned, Women-owned and Emerging Small businesses to have an equal opportunity to compete for and perform Port of Portland contracts.

You can learn more about doing business with the port on their business opportunities page here:

But that’s not all.  The Port of Portland also runs a small business development program that includes mentorship, outreach, and very encouraging goals:

For fiscal year 2015-16, the Port’s overall small business participation target is 16% of contract  dollars awarded directly and as subcontracts; and 30% of participation of small businesses as a percent of the total number of contracts awarded directly and as subcontracts.

You can learn more about the Port of Portland Small Business Development Program here:

Now, how about their current procurement opportunities?  Well, you can find them all on

And, if you want to keep track of new Port of Portland opportunities, follow their RSS feed here.

Again, thank you to the Port of Portland, for showing your commitment to helping small/COBID-certified firms in Portland succeed and thrive!

Welcome Chemeketa Community College!

chemeketa-sizedWelcome to Chemeketa Community College!

We really appreciate Kevin Walther’s hard work to help more small/COBID-certified firms find and apply for Chemeketa Community College’s procurement listings.

Chemeketa CC is Oregon’s third-largest community college, with over 16,000 students enrolled part-time and full-time.  Their main campus is in Salem, and they have a satellite campus in McMinnville and facilities in Dallas, Brooks, and Woodburn, as well as the Northwest Wine Studies Center in Eola, Oregon.

Here’s where you can learn more about Chemeketa CC procurement:

You might ask yourself, what does Chemeketa Community College want to buy from the small business community?  The answer:

Everything.  Chemeketa CC has facilities to maintain as well as all of the goods and services their student population, teaching staff and support staff rely on to do their jobs.  As an example, they recently listed a procurement opportunity for a security system on their construction bids page.

So now, how do you find their listings from now on?  Easy!  Just visit

If you want push notifications on your phone whenever Chemeketa posts a new opportunity, you can follow their procurement needs with the Chemeketa RSS url:

So again, a great big welcome to Chemeketa CC for joining and working to help small and COBID-certified firms do more business in Oregon.