If you’ve been wondering about working with your local government agencies, but weren’t sure how to get started, then read on. And if you’ve been wondering about getting your business COBID-certified, you won’t want to miss this! We’re having the first Meet & Certify event of 2018, out in Beaverton!
What’s Meet & Certify?
Simply put, it’s an event where you can talk to government buyers and agency representatives from a wide variety of local and regional government agencies, nonprofits, and small business support groups (like me!).
We’ll have representatives from Metro, the City of Beaverton, ODOT, ORPIN, Business Oregon, Adalante Mujeres, the SBA, and more. If you have questions or concerns about working with any of them, or what resources they can offer your business, well, now you can just ask.
Meet & Certify events are a great place to start building relationships, start getting your business COBID-certified, and meet the people you need to thrive.
I’m in! Where and when is it?
This first Meet & Certify event is going to be on January 30th, from 3pm to 5pm.
It’s going to be held at BestHQ: 12745 SW Beaverton Rd, Beaverton OR 97005.
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 PDXProcurementSearch.com.
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 PDXProcurementSearch.com
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!
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, http://multco.us/purchasing or www.pdxprocurementsearch.com 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
Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists and Therapists
Homeless, Domestic Violence and Youth Advocacy
Roads and Bridges
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.
When 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 OregonProcurementSearch.com! (And, of course, our Portland-area site, PDXProcurementSearch.com!) 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.
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:
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.
Check out the City of Beaverton! We have just done their social media integration, and you can now find their opportunities on Twitter. Follow @cityofbeaverton to get up to the minute notices about their open procurement opportunities.
We are so pleased to welcome to the City of Portland Oregon for being the fourth subscriber to PDXProcurementSearch!
The City of Portland is committed to giving business to small, emerging, minority owned and woman owned businesses. Their social equity contracting page shares more about their values and how they work to support MWESB businesses.
If you’re a small business and you want to get started with doing business with the City of Portland, you might want to see what the dollar thresholds are. One way to get your foot in the door is to go under the first dollar threshold for a small project.
Here’s a list of dollar thresholds for the City of Portland for any kind of business.
Under $5,000: As of this writing, for any contract below $5,000, the City does not have to get other quotes. Your point of contact at the city can request an oral bid, and award the contract.
Between $5,000-$100,000: For public improvements and professional services, these are known as intermediate solicitation process, which will require at least 3 bids before the contract can be approved.
For $100,000 and up: For public improvements and professional services, the bid must go through a formal solicitation process, which includes being listed on the City of Portland website.
This partnership would not have been possible without the help of Tiffani Penson and Christine Moody. We want to personally thank and commend these two stellar procurement leaders.
It does not get you preferential treatment. But it does allow you to become familiar with what bids get approved, which allows you to become more competitive as you continue to bid on open opportunities with the City of Portland.
If you have any questions about MWESB contracting or their Minority Evaluator program, contact her.
Christine Moody is the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Portland and has over 19 years of government purchasing and contracting experience. In her current position, Christine is responsible for managing, directing and integrating procurement and contractor development programs at the City. She also represents the City in a variety of multi-jurisdictional forums, outreach functions and professional groups and organizations. Christine has her CPPB and CPPO certification and sits on various regional and national committees related to public contracting. Her department recently received the Achievement and Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute.
If you are a small business and have seen a contract on PDXProcurementSearch that you want to apply for, to contact any member of her team just go here to find the appropriate person.
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!