Policy Offices

Calling ALL Oregon businesses!

Join this event to connect with state and public agencies, cities, counties, large private firms and organizations who seek products and services you provide and learn about the multitude of free and low cost resources available to you. This is the biggest business event in Salem, not to be missed!

DAY 1 - March 21  |  Half Day Conference  |  No exhibitors

Check In: Opens at 12 p.m.
Event is from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Half Day Converence includes:
  • Afternoon refreshments
  • Sessions for business owners


1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  

Select from the following:

Public Contracting 101  The state spends billions of dollars each year purchasing goods and services. Build your bottom line by learning how to contract with government agencies. Discover the who, what and where these opportunities exist.

Responding to RFPs (Construction/A&E)   Respond to Requests for Proposal (RFP) the right way; understanding the process, preparing for tight deadlines and avoiding pitfalls.

Responding to RFPs (Goods & Services)   Respond to Requests for Proposal (RFP)  the right way; understanding the process, preparing for tight deadlines and avoiding pitfalls.

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Select from the following:

Public Contracting 201   Differentiate between Requests for Proposal (RFP), Requests for Information (RFI) and Request for Quote (RFQ), and learn about thresholds and effective procurement practices.

Understanding Prevailing Wage   Oregon is refining its Prevailing Wage Rate (PWR) law to reflect changes in the industry and bring the law in line with its federal counterpart, "Davis-Bacon." What you need to know and the resources available to you.


 DAY 2 - March 22  |  Full Day Conference

Check In: Opens at 7:30 a.m. for business attendees (Exhibitors will receive an Exhibitor Guide with specific information.)
Event is from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Full Day Conference includes:
  • Morning refreshments
  • Reverse Vendor Fair
  • Sessions for Business Owners
  • Luncheon
  • Networking Opportunities


8 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.

Start your morning with the following session:

Lightning Round: What You Didn't Know   Bet you didn't know that state and local purchasers buy guitars...or consulting...or zebra food! Settle in with your coffee to hear government buyers talk about the things you didn't know they buy -- and the things they need to buy from you right now! Don't miss this chance to connect with potential customers!

9 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Select from the following:

(START) Business Basics   Learn the critical components of starting a business, including marketing, networking strategies and available resources.

(SUSTAIN) Building Your Business Core   Learn how to build and strengthen the core of your business, withstand expansion and anticipate needs as you grow.

(THRIVE) Leveraging Business Partnerships   Partnerships are essential when growing your business. Learn how to develop and leverage Public/Private Partnerships.

10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Select from the following:

(START) All about the Money 1.1   Get a glimpse of what to expect when starting a business; learn how to identify tax obligations, operating costs and unique lending sources.

(SUSTAIN) All about the Money 2.1   Is your business established and growing? Learn how to sustain that growth and build your business by accessing funding. Learn how to develop sound investments through OregonSaves.

(THRIVE) All About the Money 3.1   Accessing capital to increase buying power and profits is important. Learn about available resources and building globally.

12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

LUNCHEON - "Oregon's Commitment to a Thriving Economy"

Speakers: Governor Kate Brown, Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett

Key Note: ODOT Director Matt Garrett

1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Legislative Update on House Bill 4144 (Panel Session)   Learn about why Governor Brown introduced the bill, what it is intended to address, how agencies envision the implementation over the next few months, and a short Q & A session.

PLEASE NOTE the following times:

8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Reverse Vendor Fair 

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   ORPIN Station

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   COBID Station ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

MARCH 21-22, 2018
Eloisa Miller
Economic & Business Equity Manager
Office of Governor Kate Brown


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