Assistance for Minorities, Women & Emerging Small Businesses (MWESB)

Prosper Portland may have opportunities for women and minorities and emerging small businesses (MWESB) on our construction projects.

Contracting & Training Opportunities

Whether you are a contractor with your own business or an individual interested in the construction trades, we welcome your interest and encourage you to learn about working with Prosper Portland-funded construction projects.

Diversity in Contracting Reports

Prosper Portland’s Business & Workforce Equity Programs

Prosper Portland is dedicated to labor diversity and minority,woman-owned, and emerging small business contracts on our construction projects. To promote these opportunities Prosper Portland has adopted the Business and Workforce Equity Policy. The Business and Workforce Equity Policy encompasses two programs: The Business Equity Program (formerly the Good Faith Effort program) and the Workforce Equity Program (principally, the Workforce Training and Hiring Program).

Prosper Portland is committed to expending public funds in a manner that benefits the entire community. Qualified Minority Business Enterprises/Women Business Enterprises and Emerging Small Businesses (M/W/ESB) are determined by certification criteria established by the State of Oregon Office of Minority, Women, & Emerging Small Business (OMWESB), which administers the certification programs. These programs are designed to promote targeted economic opportunities for small businesses in the state.


Minority Evaluator Program

Prosper Portland invites people of color to participate in the Minority Evaluator Program, designed to ensure Portland’s diverse communities are represented on Prosper Portland’s evaluation committees for Requests For Proposals (RFPs).

As a person of color in the community, you bring a diverse perspective and experience, and will provide valuable input to the City of Portland and Prosper Portland Contract Award Process. For more information please visit the Minority Evaluator Program website, where you can apply to participate online, or download a brochure (PDF).

Opportunities in the Construction Trades

If you are interested in working in the construction trades, it is important that you contact a trade organization or union to learn more about apprenticeship training programs and requirements for participation.

Information on the construction trades and the current status of apprenticeship programs is available at the Bureau of Labor & Industry's (BOLI) website. You can listen to a recorded message with updated information on openings in the Portland area by contacting BOLI's Apprenticeship and Training Division at 503-731-4200, ext. 3, then dial 5001.

For individuals considering work in the trades, Prosper Portland's Workforce Training and Hiring program requires training on Prosper Portland-funded construction projects to ensure that Prosper Portland-funded projects offer equal opportunity in employment and that those who have been historically underused in the construction trades have access to jobs through training programs. This program does have specific requirements for participation.

African American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon
Roy Jay, President
4300 NE Fremont #220
Portland, OR

Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 3584
Portland, Oregon 97208

The Business Diversity Institute
1631 NE Broadway
Portland, OR

Certified Apprenticeship Programs
BOLI Apprenticeship and Training Division
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045
Portland 97232

Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Oregon/SW Washington

Constructing Hope
405 NE Church St.
Portland Oregon 97211

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
Gale Castillo, President
333 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97204

Incight – Internships & Employment for People with Disabilities
Keith Ozols, Executive Director
310 SW 4th Avenue
Suite 530
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 971-244-0305
Fax: 971-244-0304

Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership
Tony Jones, Executive Director
2808 NE Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Suite K
Portland, OR 97212

National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMCO), Oregon Chapter
PO Box 10350
N. Vancouver Way, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97217

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
Jorge Guerra, President
4134 N. Vancouver Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217

Oregon Construction Contractors Board
700 Summer St. NE, Suite 300
PO Box 14140
Salem, OR 97309-5052
Phone 503-378-4621
Fax 503-373-2007

Oregon Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses
Raleigh Lewis, Manager
Department of Consumer and Business Services
350 Winter St. NE, Second Floor
P.O. Box 14480
Salem, OR 97309-0405
Fax 503-373-7041
Portland office 503-887-4349

Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce
PO BOX 82068
Portland, OR 97282-0068

Oregon Tradeswomen
Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director
1714 NE Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon 97211

People with Disabilities
Oregon Business Leadership Network
Lucy Baker, Executive Director
4134 N. Vancouver Ave., Suite 400A
Portland, OR 97217

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon
Jamie Lim, President
5424 N Michigan Ave
Portland, OR 97217

Veteran Employment
Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs
1710 Red Soils Court, #110
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone 503-650-5631
Fax 503-655-8669