Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business

Multnomah County is committed to providing equal opportunity and encourages Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) firms and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) to compete for contracting opportunities. Periodic workshops and presentations on "How to Do Business with the County" are designed to provide assistance, advice on marketing, and Bid/RFP/Quote procedures. The County's Sustainable Purchasing and Social Equity policy guides the efforts of County staff in providing goods and services in a sustainable and socially responsible manor. Firms must be certified with the State of Oregon OMWESB to be eligible to get solicitations for Public Works projects under that program. State Certified MWESB firms are included in quotation opportunities and are given fair and equal consideration for contract awards.

Here is what some of our vendors are saying:

William Hart Jr. -  "We truly appreciate the County's leadership and integrity in sustainable practices. Over the years Multnomah County has demonstrated its commitment and concern for livability, cost effectiveness, and sustainable design. As a result we've developed a strong relationship with the County -- our core values, purpose, and mission are very much in alignment."

Rosa Martinez - "We have really enjoyed working on County projects. It has been a great opportunity for our company and it has opened the door for us with other cities and counties. We appreciate the County's commitment to diversity and small businesses."

Henry H. Pelfrey - "We think of the County as a partner in that each of us is committed to building the highest quality project, on-time, and at the best price possible."

Flaviano V. Reyes Jr. -  "We appreciate Multnomah County for the their never-ending support of small business. Small businesses make up more than 80% of all businesses in the United States. Historically, Multnomah County has done a great job in providing opportunities for small businesses, that in turn provide economic development stimulus for our region."

For more information about the MWESB, Workforce Hiring and Training, Technical Assistance & Good Faith Effort programs contact: 

John Classen, Program Specialist, at 503-988-7551.

Lee Fleming, Supplier Diversity Officer, at 503-988-7540.