Testimonial: City of Portland

Tiffani Penson, City of Portland

“Procurement Search helps us reach exactly the audience we need to get the results we want. It’s quick to set up, easy to use, and we’re getting way more bang for our marketing buck.

We would wholeheartedly recommend ProcurementSearch to any agency that wants to get more competitive bids from local firms.”

– Tiffani Penson,
Minority Program Evaluator,
City of Portland

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. 

City of Portland Procurement City of POrtland Procuremnet

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.

tiffani-penson City of Portland
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!


Thank you to Port of Portland and Business Diversity Institute!

Port of Portland
Thank you Port of Portland!


On October 28th, 2015, Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips of the Port of Portland asked our founder, Steve Havelka, to speak about PDXProcurementSearch.com and OregonProcurementSearch.com at the BDI Breakthrough Breakfast. BDI stands for Business Diversity Institute.

Thank you so much Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips, and thank you so much Port of Portland for this wonderful opportunity! We had a small but lively group with good questions, and we’d like to thank everyone for coming out!

If you’d like a great new networking opportunity, a place to meet other entrepreneurs and project managers from a lot of regional government agencies, you need to check out the Business Diversity Institute at http://bdiweb.org/.

If you’re a small, minority owned or woman owned business and you’d like to do business with the Port of Portland, here’s who you should contact.


Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips, Small Business Development Program Manager | Port of Portland

Mrs. Mitchell-Phillips is the Small Business Development Program Manager at the Port of Portland. In this capacity she manages the Port’s small business development and utilization programs including the Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program, Airport Concessions DBE program, Mentor-Protégé program, Minority, Women & Emerging Small Business (MWESB) program and Workforce Diversity and Utilization program.
Prior to joining the Port of Portland she worked as Deputy Director, Economic & Business Equity for Governor John Kitzhaber where she worked on policy with 71 state agencies to include MWESB firms in state contracting opportunities. She currently serves on several community and advisory committees related to small businesses and is committed to helping make Oregon a better place for all. Mrs. Mitchell-Phillips is a native Oregonian and is married with three children; she is especially proud that her two sons are serving their country in the US Navy.

Check it out! We’ve been featured in the Portland Business Journal

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Jared Wiener’s column for the Portland Development Commission in the Portland Business Journal

Things are heating up for PDXProcurementSearch.com! The founder of PDXProcurementSearch, Steve Havelka, was interviewed by Jared Wiener of the Portland Development Commission, and featured in the Portland Business Journal on October 21st, 2015.

We are so grateful to Jared Wiener for this opportunity to get the word out to small businesses on how PDXProcurementSearch can help them find the most government contracting opportunities targeted to their business, in the shortest amount of time.

As PDXProcurementSearch grows, we’re learning new ways to talk about how it can help both Oregon small businesses and Oregon government agencies.

PDXProcurementSearch.com and ORProcurementSearch.com also benefit government agencies by making less outreach and marketing work for their procurement teams.

Now, instead of just one agency marketing its own opportunities, each agency that points to the site helps all of the other agencies as well.



What makes us different

To see a preview of the Portland Business Journal article, just read below.


Read the whole article at the Portland Business Journal here.

Thank you so much to Portland Development Commission for highlighting PDX Procurement Search.com!



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.


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


Testimonial: Oregon Metro

Gabriele Schuster, Oregon Metro

“We found that PDXProcurementSearch.com is a much more technological advanced tool for Metro to get contracting opportunities to businesses and it is very easy for business owners to use.

This resulted in part in Metro’s increase of the contract award utilization rate to minority, woman owned and emerging small businesses.”

– Gabriele Schuster,
Procurement Manager,

Welcome Metro Regional Government!

Metro Regional Government

Exciting news!

As of this July 17th, Metro Regional Government will be coming on board to partner with PDXProcurementSearch.com, 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 PDXProcurementSearch.com, then email steve@pdxprocurementsearch.com 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 PDXProcurementSearch.com.

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: http://www.pdx.edu/purchasing-contracting/construction-bidding-and-proposal-opportunities.

If you’re not in construction but want to contract with PSU, here are the rest of the procurement contacts at PSU.

Good luck!