Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business

The Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB) administers the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification programs. These programs are designed to promote economic opportunities for small businesses.

As the sole certification authority in Oregon, OMWESB provides a “one-stop” certification process for Oregon disadvantaged, minority- and woman-owned and emerging small businesses. Certification opens the door to targeted government contracting opportunities.

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System Home Page and Login
Certified Directory
Apply for Certification
When using these links, you will leave the Business Oregon site and
go to a third-party provider hosting the certification system.

If you do not have the ability to access the e-application process, you may file using a Word document posted on each program page.

Certifications

The office offers four types of certifications to qualified Oregon businesses.

Certification program Certification is for If the business is
contracting opportunities with city, county, state and special jurisdictions • 19 or fewer employees
• 3-year gross annual receipts
  construction firms ≤$1,803,236
  non-construction firms ≤$721,294
Tier 2
contracting opportunities with city, county, state and special jurisdictions
• 29 or fewer employees
• 3-year gross annual receipts
  construction firms ≤$3,606,473
  non-construction firms
  ≤$1,202,157
contracting opportunities with city, county, state and special jurisdictions
• owned and controlled by a
  member of a recognized minority
  group**
• minority has 51% + ownership
contracting opportunities with city, county, state and special jurisdictions
• owned and controlled by woman
• woman has 51% + ownership
contracting opportunities with recipients of federally-funded transportation-related projects
• owned and controlled by woman
  OR member of recognized
  minority group**


**Recognized minority groups: Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific American, Subcontinent Asian American