Emerging Small Business Certification

Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification is for Oregon small businesses seeking contracting opportunities on projects specifically designated for ESB participation. This program is race and gender neutral and has two tiers.

Tier 1

For Oregon-based firms with 19 or less employees whose average annual gross receipts over the last three years are under $1,803,236 for construction firms and under $721,294 for non-construction-related firms. An ESB-certified business must:

  • be in Oregon (principal place of business must be in Oregon, according to tax filings)
  • be properly licensed (e.g., construction contractors board, engineers)
  • have a business name registered with Oregon Corporations Division, and
  • be independently owned (cannot be subsidiary or parent company).

Tier 2

For Oregon-based firms with 29 or less employees whose average annual gross receipts over the last three years are under $3,606,473 for construction-related businesses and under $1,202,157 for non-construction businesses.

Applications

Apply using our e-Application system. This is the preferred application method as it helps ensure that your application is submitted in a complete packet, reducing processing time.

If you do not have the ability access the e-application process, you may file using a Word document. Mail the original application and required documentation to Business Oregon, OMWESB, 775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301-1280.



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