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Veteran Owned Businesses

If you are a veteran and interested in starting or growing your own business, there are many resources across the state that help you in applying for state and federal business certifications, financing, understanding the state and federal procurement process and supporting and connecting veterans to business opportunities in Oregon.

Benefits and Programs

Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID)

COBID is the certifying agency for the new Oregon Service-Disabled Veteran Certification. Other certifications include Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Emerging Small Business (ESB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications.

For more information: Business Oregon

Vets First Verification Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has special authority for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business/Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB), set-aside and sole source contracts. VA has developed a Verification Assistance Program to help veterans understand the verification policy and process. The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of denial due to lack of understanding and misinterpretation of the regulation.

For more information: Federal VA: Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

​State of Oregon Procurement Services

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Procurement Services (DAS PS) is the enterprise-wide purchasing authority for the state of Oregon.

Find out more: State of Oregon Procurement Services


All state agencies post most procurement projects on ORPIN to secure services. This is a perfect site to explore both prime contracting and sub-contracting opportunities for veterans.

Note: All ODOT Emerging Small Business projects are advertised on ORPIN. Most will have mandatory pre-bid conferences. Search “ESB” to find these projects.

Find out more: ORPIN

eBIDS (Electronic Bidding Information Distribution System)

eBIDS is an online tool that enables contractors, suppliers and other interested parties to locate, view and download bid-related documents for design-bid-build highway and bridge construction projects currently advertised as taking bids by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Upcoming ODOT construction projects can be viewed here.

Find out more: eBIDS

Small Contracting Program (SCP)

The primary goal of the SCP is to provide a contracting mechanism for outreach to business entities. Opportunities are identified by estimated contract value rather than the status or size of participating firms. Currently, opportunities are sent by email to firms that have identified work categories that match the contract needs.

Find out more: Small Contracting Program

ODOT Emergency Contractor/Supplier Registration System

Here you can register as an emergency contractor or supplier and include details on equipment, resources and materials you have available for an emergency.

Find out more: ODOT​

Secretary of State Corporation Division

The Corporation Division is where you go to start a business, become a notary or file a lien on personal property. The division provides information to support business, and ensures that registration processes are fast, simple and easy as possible.

Find out more: The Corporation Division

Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP)

GCAP is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) working to help small businesses compete successfully in the federal, state and local government marketplace.

Find out more: GCAP


SCORE provides free business counseling and mentoring to anyone who wants to start or is operating a small business. Members have professional experience and training and come from a variety of business backgrounds. Score will match your interests or questions with a volunteer who can work with you. Score also offers low cost workshops on basic business, bookkeeping, marketing and similar topics.

Find out more: SCORE

Office of Small Business Assistance

Oregon’s Office of Small Business Assistance acts as an independent voice for small businesses within state government. Your time is money; and when you get stuck in red tape with a state agency, it can be costly for your business. The Small Business Advocate can help you solve those problems, cut the red tape, and prevent the whole thing from happening again.

Find out more: Office of Small Business Assistance 

Business Oregon

Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.

Find out more: Business Oregon

ODOT’s Small Business Management Program

ODOT’s Small Business Management Program offers sponsored educational resources to any state-certified firms able to perform work for ODOT. Online and classroom programs are also available.

Find out more: Oregon Small Business Development Center Network 

*search keyword “ODOT”

ODOT’s Project Specific Mentor-Protégé Program

This project-specific mentor-protégé program is designed to assist firms in expanding their capacity to perform on larger and more challenging ODOT contracts.

Find out more: ODOT Mentor-Protégé Program​

Business Impact NW

Business Impact NW is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) dedicated to serving under-banked entrepreneurs by providing access to capital and comprehensive business technical assistance. Business Impact NW’s mission is to promote long-term positive economic change for low/moderate income business owners, particularly women, minorities and veterans, through financial services, business advice and training. Business Impact NW serves startups as well as existing businesses, and is dedicated to helping underserved entrepreneurs at every stage in their business growth. Business Impact NW was founded in 1997 as the Community Capital Development and is a certified, rated and regulated financial institution. Business Impact NW is not a US or state government agency.

Find out more: Business Impact NW​

Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN)

This network provides advising, training, online courses and resources for businesses throughout Oregon. We work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies, from one employee to 500. In addition to no-cost confidential advising, we offer training and online courses that cover a wide range of business topics.

Find out more: OSBDCN

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Find out more: SBA

Oregon Employment Department Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)

SEAP is an option for unemployment insurance claimants who have been identified as likely to run out of unemployment benefits before they return to work (exhaust their claim). Enrolled SEAP claimants may attend self-employment assistance counseling or training and engage in self-employment activities on a fulltime basis. Participants must complete both a written business plan and a market feasibility study.

Find out more: SEAP​

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Veteran entrepreneurs can receive free business counseling and training at the Veterans Business Outreach Center.

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