Policy Offices

2019 Governor's Marketplace Goes On Tour!

The Governor's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is committed to ensuring access and connection to public contracting opportunities and business resources throughout the state. Through the Governor's Marketplace Statewide Editions, business communities are provided with education and equipped with tools and resources to navigate the world of public contracting. 
Our partners include Department of Administrative Services, Oregon Secretary of State, Business Oregon, Oregon Small Business Development Centers, local Chambers of Commerce and many more! The events are supported through our generous sponsors to provide no-cost registration.
*Subject to change

Connecting to Public Contracting Opportunit​ies and Business Resources




7:30am – 8:00am Check-in and Network

8:00am – 8:45am

Welcome & Introductions

Being an entrepreneur can be risky and isolating. What if you had partners to work with you to plan, fund, start, sustain and grow your business?  What if there are others in the room you could potentially partner with?  

Let's meet one another and learn about who's in the room.

Facilitator: Ruth Miles


8:45am – 9:30am


Making the Connection

Executive Order 18-03 – The driving initiative in elevating equitable contracting opportunities

Certification Office for Business Inclusion & Diversity (COBID) - Learn about COBID and why it’s important to apply

State Procurement Systems – Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) & Oregon Buys

Facilitator: Ruth Miles

Governor’s Office, Economic & Business Equity: Eloisa Miller

Department of Administrative Services ORPIN & OregonBuys: Kelly Stevens-Malnar

COBID: Carrie Baxandall

9:30am – 9:45am Break


9:45am – 10:45am


Public Contracting - A Snapshot of Opportunities

 What are the public agencies buying?  Where can you find the opportunities? How do agencies purchase?

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Procurement Office

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

Department of Human Services/Oregon Health Authority (DHS/OHA)

US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) 

Other state agencies, local cities, counties specific to the area

Facilitator: Kelly Stevens-Malnar

Agency Speaker/Presenters will vary for the following:

  • ODOT Procurement Office

US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) - Carol McIntyre

10:45am – 11:45am

Business Resources and Red Tape

Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) –  helping small businesses compete in the government marketplace

US Small Business Administration (SBA) -  SBA is an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy – Cutting through federal regulatory burdens.

Secretary of State – Stuck in red tape?  We can help. 

Facilitator: Ruth Miles

Agency Speaker/Presenters will vary for the following:

  • GCAP
  • SBA
SBA Office of Advocacy: Richard "Apollo" Fuhriman
Secretary of State: Ruth Miles

11:45am – 12:00am Break/Lunch (Working Lunch)

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Let’s Talk Financing and How to Prepare (Panel)

Learn about the financing available to you.

Facilitator: Oregon Small Business Development Center

Lenders will vary.


12:30pm – 12:45pm

Additional Resources and Information


Department of Revenue

US Department of Commerce – Bureau of Census

Energy Trust of Oregon

Facilitator: Eloisa Miller

Agency Speakers/Presenters will vary for the following:

  • OregonSaves
  • Bureau of Census
  • Energy Trust of Oregon

Department of Revenue: Chris Cox

12:45pm – 1:15pm


Open Forum – Let’s Talk! 

Opportunity for attendees to inquire about business related topics not addressed in the overall session and/or ask questions about what was presented.




1:15pm – 2:00pm


Lightening Round of Information and Networking with Exhibitors

Quick round table for exhibitors to share resources they provide and/or what they buy before you network.

 Exhibitors will include: Business Oregon, Department of Administrative Services, Secretary of State, Oregon Department of Transportation, Department of Human Services/Oregon Health Authority, Bureau of Census, Small Business Development Centers, Energy Trust of Oregon,  US Army Corps of Engineers, Government Contracting Assistance Program


All Network







Eloisa Miller
Economic & Business Equity Manager
Office of Governor Kate Brown