Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Port of Portland supplier/contractor?
The first step is to register your business with the Port of Portland. Please visit the Business Opportunities section of the Port's website.

What determines a small business?
The Port defines small business as a business that is certified as an emerging small business by the State of Oregon. To view certification requirements or a list of certified small business, visit the OMWESB website.

What is certification?
Certification is a process by which a business is, or becomes certified as:
minority-owned (MBE)
women-owned (WBE)
socially or economically disadvantaged (DBE)
emerging (ESB)
For additional information about certification, go to the following websites:
Oregon Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB)
Women's Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)
Northwest Minority Business Council (NMBC)

Must a business be certified to be a supplier/contractor for the Port of Portland?
No, however the Port does encourage any business that is qualified for certification to complete the certification process. While certification does not generate business for a company, it can be a useful tool when marketing to certain customers.

Who is the Port of Portland's small business development contact?
Bobbi Matthews
Small Business Development Program Manager
Port of Portland
7200 N.E. Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218
Phone: 503.415.6590
Fax: 503.548.5607

What are other small business resources in Portland?
Astra Women's Business Alliance
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
Governor's Small Business Advocacy Office
Minority Business Opportunity Committee
Small Business Administration
Oregon African American Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center
Portland Business Alliance

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