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
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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 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!

A big welcome to the City of Portland Oregon!

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.

Here’s a place to start if you want to start to do business with the City of Portland.

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. 

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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.

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Tiffani Penson, Program Coordinator-Minority Evaluator Program

Tiffani Penson is the Program Coordinator – Minority Evaluator Program. Ms. Penson recently won the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs’ Chairman’s Award in 2015.  What is the Minority Evaluator Program?

If you are a small business, woman owned or minority owned business, this is a chance for you to sit at the table and evaluate different bids for opportunities.  

This will allow you to see what a winning bid looks like, and help you make your own bids and proposals more competitive. Here’s a link to sign up for the Minority Evaluator Program.

Why would you want to do this?

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 Chief Procurement Officer City of Portland
Christine Moody, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Portland

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.

The City of Portland joins the City of Beaverton in subscribing to PDXProcurementSearch. Thank you!


Welcome aboard to Portland State University!

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


Metro Regional Government

Welcome Metro Regional Government!

Exciting news!

As of this July 17th, Metro Regional Government will be coming on board to partner with, and we will start listing their procurement opportunities for MWESB firms.

If you’re a small business, you can now find Metro’s procurement opportunities on this site.

And if you’re a government agency, hey, we would love to partner with you too!

If you partner with PDXProcurementSearch to list your opportunities, you will be in good company. We are in partnership conversations with many of the major government agencies around Oregon, as well as some universities, to help small, emerging, woman-owned and minority owned businesses become aware of every possible opportunity to contract with you.

There are so many benefits to getting listed on PDXProcurementSearch.

  1. Your listings will automatically appear on Twitter
  2. Your listings will get indexed on Google
  3. Your listings will be scanned with our internal RSS feed reader so that qualified small businesses can get notified as soon as you list your RFP.

The bottom line is, getting listed on PDXProcurementSearch is the first step to getting more MWESB firms applying for your RFPs, and fulfilling your internal supplier diversity goals,

If you want to have your procurement listings on, then email to get started! We’ll get back to you within 24 hours, guaranteed.

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!

We’re now working with PDC!


PDC LogoOn December 2nd, Steve Havelka, owner of Steve Havelka Software LLC, met with the Portland Development Commission.  They met to discuss integrating the PDC contracting database directly into Steve’s site,

The meeting was a smashing success!  PDC said “YES!” and agreed to work with Steve, to integrate their procurement data with Steve’s search engine.

Thanks to PDC’s commitment to work with Steve Havelka Software LLC, will now provide the most up-to-date, accurate listings of PDC contracting opportunities to Portland-area business owners.