ANNOUNCING: Meet & Certify Beaverton, the first one of 2018!

Hello, small business owners!

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.

Be sure to register online:


If you have more questions, email

Hope to see you there!


Founder & CEO, Procurement Search LLC

And, the flyer:

Meet & Certify Event Flyer
Meet & Certify Event Flyer

Meet & Certify Event Flyer in Spanish
Meet & Certify Event Flyer in Spanish


The City of Beaverton is Open For Business!

City of Beaverton Night Market
Here’s the City of Beaverton’s Night Market

Are you looking for government contracting work?

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.

Are you on Twitter? Follow @cityofbeaverton

A representative from the City of Beaverton says,

“We are big on MWESB contracting, and we want to make sure that everyone in the state knows that Beaverton is Open for Business!”

For more information visit:

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!

Each time an agency joins and, 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 and  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 to find out how to break into the government marketplace.


How the City of Beaverton is supporting MWESB firms

Are you an MWESB firm wondering how to do business with the government?

Some cities are more welcoming than others. The City of Beaverton is one of the most welcoming, inclusive cities I have come across so far. How? Read on.

Recently I heard City of Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle speak at Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs. Mayor Doyle spoke eloquently about what the City of Beaverton is doing to support MWESB firms. Frankly, I was impressed. He spoke about a program called the CIP program, which stands for Cultural Inclusion Program.

What does it mean?

The CIP program seeks to address racial disparities by building strategic partnerships with diverse communities to support greater engagement in city policy, leadership, and initiatives.

CIP also drives internal racial equity work to ensure the city becomes a more welcoming, representative and responsive space for all communities to engage.

CIP Primary Goals

  • Incorporate equity & inclusion into the culture and key priorities of city government
  • Build relationships with organizations and individuals addressing racial disparities and equity in Beaverton
  • Lead internal racial equity initiatives to create institutional change in city government
  • Foster a sense of welcome, inclusivity and agency for people of color in city government
  • Act as a liaison for individuals who face cultural or linguistic barriers to interfacing with city government

Are you a minority owned small business?

Do you live within Beaverton City Limits?

If so, you might like this next program.

The City of Beaverton has another program called BOLD, which stands for Beaverton Organizing Leadership and Development. What does it do?

The BOLD program is a leadership development and civic engagement training for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program is a partnership between the City of Beaverton and the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and is a key strategy of the Cultural Inclusion program to boost engagement of underrepresented communities in city governance. Note: applicants must live within the Beaverton city limits. Download the program flyer in English or Español!    

If you don’t live in Beaverton but do want to do business with the City of Beaverton, and you want to learn more about the Cultural Inclusion program, contact:

Alexis D.R. Ball
Equity Outreach Coordinator
Mayor’s Office
12725 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR 97005
Ph: 503-526-2503 or