ODOT is committed to ensuring Oregon small business enterprises have the opportunity to contract across all of our business lines. We administer and implement a wide variety of state and federally funded programs to build the capacity of small business to compete for ODOT contracts in order to advance the economy and strengthen communities across the state.
Here are some steps to getting started:
Small Business Certification
Many of our programs require certification. COBID, the Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity, is the sole certification authority for the state of Oregon and provides a "one-stop" certification process. The COBID Directory of Firms is used by Prime contractors and Project Managers across the State to search for certified firms under a broad spectrum of work types.
Small Contracting Program
Do you have services and goods that ODOT needs? Most likely, yes! Our registry acts as an internal ‘phone book’ and hosts over 300 unique categories to register your business under in the Construction, Architectural & Engineering and Other Professional Services and Trade Services. ODOT contracts for services statewide and all through the year, and placing your name in here, while not a guarantee for work, does make your company searchable. Be sure to register your firm under ALL the work types that you are qualified to do business in.
Contracting with ODOT
There are many doors into ODOT and it may take some time getting used to navigating our procurement resources. General contracting information can be found in our Contracting with ODOT portal. You can find information on our current contracting opportunities and how to do business in Construction, Goods and Trades Services and Personal & Professional Services. The ODOT Procurement Office – Construction Contracts Unit also houses the links to our Letting Schedules, eBids, Prime contractor prequalification and other bid and award information in Construction side projects.
ORPIN is the system used by the ODOT Procurement Office (and other state and local agencies) to advertise solicitations to the public for contracts, except for large highway & bridge construction contracting. All of our ESB opportunities can be found on ORPIN. Also, when you certify with COBID, you automatically receive an account in ORPIN. Be sure to activate your account and begin browsing opportunities today!
Subscribe to our Email Blasts
The Office of Civil Rights periodically sends emails with upcoming events, training and networking opportunities. Besides being advertised on our Events page, you can get opportunities sent directly to you inbox! We highly recommend staying connected to our email system for up to date information sent on a weekly basis. Subscribe.
The public contracting system can be daunting for a small business. We advocate businesses stay connected by engaging in your local business or industry center’s networking opportunities. ODOT engages a wide variety of partners to act as a resource for small business, and many trade organizations, chambers and business associations hold workshops, offer technical assistance and offer loans for small business. Networking is an important and relevant business activity for a growing business.
An example of our partnerships:
- ODOT are proud members of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Advisory Board. They have monthly networking events for contractors and small business.
- ODOT serves on the Steering Committee for Salem Capital Connections, a mid-valley resource to connect with public and private entities to build sustainable relationships.
- ODOT serves on the Steering Committee for Connect2Oregon, a statewide roadshow featuring many of the public entities offering technical assistance on how to do business with the state agencies.
You can find a list of organizations that offer these services around the State in our Business Resource links box to the right.
Supportive Services for Small Business
ODOT offers a variety of supportive services for ESB and DBE certified businesses. Supportive Services are defined as professional training, tutoring or consulting services identified to help develop a small firm at the technical or business level to improve the firm's ability to perform successfully on ODOT contracts and projects. If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, please follow the links below or contact the Small Business Programs Manager.
Here is a list of our current offerings:
Oregon Small Business Initiative
The Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors have joined forces. The initiative:
- Trains Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses (MWESBs) and subcontractors on general business subjects, with additional ODOT-specific information that could include training with specific prime contractors
- Trains prime contractors on diversity, mentoring, and small business issues
- Facilitates networking between Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses (MWESBs) and prime contractors