My People’s Market by Travel Portland, Prosper Portland, and Partners in Diversity


Support and network with Portland’s entrepreneurs of color at My People’s Market, a vibrant gathering of nearly 100 local multicultural vendors! Head to The Redd at Ecotrust on Nov. 9 to meet, network and experience dozens of multicultural vendors — all while enjoying free live music, artwork and food.

My People’s Market showcases the local entrepreneurial community’s commitment to equity and inclusion. A collaborative event between Travel Portland, Partners in Diversity and Prosper Portland, My People’s Market is aimed to advance opportunities for business owners of color, connecting them with the travel industry and other professionals who can help to expand and scale their businesses. This event is one of a series of connection opportunities for the Mercatus platform and Inclusive Business Resource Network of Prosper Portland.

Support Portland’s multicultural community and enjoy an evening of networking, shopping and fun!

***Interested in sponsoring My People’s Market? Learn more here.

Upcoming Bid Opportunity I-5 Paving & Auxiliary Lane Project


Oregon Department of Transportation

Upcoming Bid Opportunity


I5: N. Tigard Interchange to E. Portland Freeway Interchange


Become a contracting partner with the Oregon Department of Transportation on a $20 million freeway widening and paving project on Interstate 5 near Tualatin! Potential subcontracting opportunities are available in the following work areas:

Construction Survey Excavation/Grading Striping Drainage
HMAC Paving Clearing/Grubbing Pavement Grinding Hauling/Trucking
Retaining Walls Water Quality Detention Traffic Loops Traffic Control
Erosion Control Guardrail Illumination Signs
Trenching Steel Fabrication/Installation Landscaping Signals


The assigned minimum Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for this project is 15%.

Prime contractors will be submitting sealed bids by 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017Please consider contracting or working with a project prime contractor and collaborating with ODOT on this important construction project.


Learn more about the project and the details here:



Supporting documentation for this project can be found on the ODOT e-bid website:


Bidding information and documents will be available on September 14, 2017.


For project-specific information, please contact Project Manager Ron Larson via email:

Request for Proposal – Clark County, WA

Clark County, Washington has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) funding a residential weatherization program for income-eligible residents of Clark County.  We would like to ensure that as many minority contractors as possible are made aware of this opportunity.  Please reference RFP number 726 at the link listed below for more information.

Contractors for this program will perform the following types of work:

  1. Building energy analysis
  2. Attic insulation
  3. Crawl space insulation
  4. Sidewall insulation
  5. Furnace repair or replacement
  6. Heating duct sealing and insulation
  7. Water heater and water pipe insulation
  8. Weather-stripping and caulking
  9. Installation of ventilation system to meet American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) 62.2 (indoor air quality standards)
  10. Blower door assisted air sealing
  11. Other draft reduction and energy-saving measures
  12. Client education

The County is anticipating funding adequate to weatherize approximately 115 homes/units in one year, although the contract may be extended to 6 years.  The estimated average price to be paid by the County per home/unit is $7,800.

NCAIED: Northwest Enterprise Development Conference

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference

September 4-7, 2017

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is another multifaceted event from The National Center which will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s, on a national platform.  Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, American Indian Artisan Market, Business Leaders Forums, and much more. It’s just one more example of how The National Center is building bridges of opportunity for today’s American Indian Enterprises.

Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is being held at the beautiful Tulalip Resort Casino.


TriMet: Invitation to Bid (ITB)

TriMet has issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for Construction Services for Facilities Maintenance Building Renovation. We are seeking DBE participation for this project.

Number: BC170041RT

Bids Due: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 1pm

Pre-Bid Site Visit: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 10am, 3520 SE 20th Avenue, Portland, OR. For safety purposes wear closed shoes and bring a flashlight.

Please view all project related documents on TriMet’s E-Bid system. Registration in E-Bid in required to view documents and receive information related to this solicitation.

USDA is Seeking Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Housing Preservation Grant Program.

Under this program, USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners. Instead, the sponsoring organizations receiving Housing Preservation Grants helps to repair or rehabilitate housing for low-income rural residents. The grants may be used to resolve health or safety issues, make accessibility modifications, or make energy efficiency improvements to lower utility costs.

Town and county governments, public agencies, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Applications are due by July 17, 2017. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Faith Harris, Multi-Family Housing Specialist
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204

For additional information, including details on how to apply, see page 25228 of the June 1, 2017, Federal Register.

Native PTAC Upcoming Events

Native PTAC sponsored:

Brown Bag – Commercial Lending Programs for Small Businesses June 6 @ 12 pm to 1:30 PDT, Vancouver WA

Meet the Prime & Small Biz Certifications -Tunista Construction June 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT, Federal Way, WA

Govology Webinar – Meet the Tribe: Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska June 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Govology Webinar -The Top 10 Mistakes in Federal Contracting June 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Govology Webinar – Meet the Tribe: Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska June 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Meet the Tribe: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community & Government Contracting June 20 @ 1pm – 3pm PDT, Anacortes, WA

Government Contracting 101 June 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am PDT, Everett, WA

Meet the Tribe: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community & Government Contracting June 27 @ 1pm – 3pm PDT, Anacortes, WA

Government Contracting 101  June 28 1pm – 3pm PDT,Nespelem, WA

Govology Webinar -How to Justify Increased Profit/Fee Under DoD Contracts Requiring Certified Cost or Price Data June 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Govology Webinar -Reverse Auctions in Government Contracting July 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

*Reminder for Govology registration – Free registration for Active Native PTAC clients – please contact more information

Upcoming Native PTAC Events

Marketing to Government Agencies & Prime Contractors

June 2 @ 10 am – 12:30 pm PDT, Florence OR

Location: 3757 Highway 101, Florence OR 97439-8930

This workshop will cover aspects of finding opportunities, marketing to government agencies and prime contractors, marketing materials, registrations, and the importance of Small Business Liaison Officers Expected outcomes:

  • Introduction to government procurement databases
  • Marketing tips for government agencies and prime contractors
  • Marketing strategies and research
  • How to develop elevator pitch, capability statements, business cards, etc.
  • Understanding the roles of Small Business Liaison Officers



Brown Bag – Commercial Lending Programs for Small Businesses

June 6 @ 12 pm to 1:30 PDT, Vancouver WA

Location: 1101 Broadway, Suite 100, Vancouver WA 98660

Small businesses need capital to grow and operate. What are the small business programs out there? How does your business develop a relationship with an bank or lender? Bring your lunch and join Native PTAC and representatives from Wells Fargo Bank and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy & Economic Development, Division of Capital Investment to learn about the changing game in commercial lending and federal loan programs.

Port of Portland’s Disparity Study June 14, 2017

Please join the Port of Portland and its consultant, Colette Holt & Associates, for a Public Informational Meeting about the Port of Portland’s Disparity Study. The purpose of the study is to ensure that disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), airport concession disadvantaged business enterprise (ACDBE), and minority, women, service disabled veteran and emerging small businesses (MWVESB) have equal access to contracting opportunities. In an effort to ensure every opportunity for public participation in the conduct of this study, the Port of Portland will be hosting a Study Informational Meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will provide an introduction to the study team; a presentation on the legal and regulatory standards; information regarding the study process and timeline for completion; and information on how to provide further input.
The meeting will be held at the following location:
Date: June 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Portland International Airport Conference Center 
(located inside PDX in the St. Helens Conference Room on the 2nd Floor Mezzanine Level) 
7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
(Parking validation for short and long term parking garages available in Conference Center reception area.)
Your input is vital to the study’s process. We encourage you to register and attend this meeting and we look forward to your participation.
Please contact the consultant conducting the Study, Colette Holt & Associates, with questions at You may also contact Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips, Small Business Development Program Manager, DBELO/ACDBELO, Port of Portland and Study Manager, or (503) 415-6587.
For general information, please visit the Study’s website
Thank you in advance for your participation.

OAME 29th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show

OAME 29th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show
Date: 5/11/2017

Time: 10:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center

777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Hall “D”
Portland, OR 97232


Event Description:

The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs is presenting its 29th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show.

Over 130 small and large business exhibitors will be under one roof to help you network your business.

State, county and federal government agencies also attend the event to find opportunities with small business.

Luncheon runs from 12pm-1:30,iIndividual luncheon tickets are $85.00

Tradeshow admission is free and runs 10am-12pm, 1:30-3pm