Beaverton Equity Procurement Program
About the Equity Procurement Program at the City of Beaverton
On July 7, 2015, the Beaverton City Council and Mayor Doyle adopted Resolution 4321. This resolution amended Chapter 46 (General Provisions Related to Public Contracting) of the Beaverton Purchasing Code (BPC) to add a section that established a minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses (MWESB) program, taking effect on January 1, 2016.
The program received an update on March 5, 2019 with the adoption of Resolution 4563, which officially changed the city’s program name to the Beaverton Equity Procurement Program (BEPP). The resolution also amended the purchasing code to accept all certified businesses in the State of Oregon’s Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) Program.
The BEPP enhances Beaverton’s procurement processes to reflect the diversity of its business community by encouraging use of firms certified by COBID to do business with the city, when applicable, thereby achieving greater racial and gender equity in city contracting.
The city aspires to achieve a minimum of 10% participation of firms certified by COBID in its overall dollar amount of contracting and purchasing activities, including goods and services, personal/professional services, architectural & engineering and related services, and construction of public improvements. There are three primary initiatives aimed at achieving this goal:
- Good Faith Effort Program for Construction and Personal Services Contracts valued over $100,000
- Increasing staff awareness and use of firms certified by COBID in procurements valued under $100,000
- Annual reports and regular tracking of city dollars spent with firms certified by COBID
What does it mean to be a firm certified by COBID?
The city employs the State of Oregon’s definitions of COBID certified firms and utilizes its Certification Directory to identify qualified COBID-certified firms. State of Oregon definitions are as follows:
- Emerging Small Business (ESB):
- Tier I: less than or equal to 19 employees, less than or equal to $1.9729 million construction / less than or equal to $789,198 non-construction
- Tier II: less than or equal to 29 employees, less than or equal to $3.9459 million construction / less than or equal to $1.315 million non-construction
- Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE): 51% or more owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual
- Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE): 51% or more owned and controlled by women
- Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDV): 51% or more owned and controlled by service-connected disabled veteran
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE and ACDBE): ≤ $23.98 mm or ≤ $56.420 mm (airport concessionaires) and Business Owner has personal net worth ≤ $1.32 mm.
Recognized certified firms are those certified by the State of Oregon through the Certification Office of Inclusion & Diversity (COBID). Certification is FREE and open to all qualifying businesses. Visit www.oregon4biz.com/How-We-Can-Help/COBID for more information about certification and to apply online.