Pro Landscape, Inc., a Minority-owned Success
Pro Landscape, Inc., and its subsidiary, PLI Systems, Inc., of Hillsboro, are owned and operated by Manuel Castaneda. Manuel has grown his companies to about $7 million and has 40 employees.
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certifications are for firms seeking contracting opportunities with state, county, city and special jurisdictions. Some of the jurisdictions include the city of Portland, Multnomah County, METRO and the Portland Development Commission (PDC). The eligibility criteria is based on Oregon Administrative Rule 123-200-0030.
Majority ownership is just one eligibility requirement for these certifications.
The minority or woman owner(s) must have made a real and substantial contribution of capital or expertise to the business.
The minority- or woman-owned business must not be dependent on a non-disadvantaged firm(s) or individual(s). Businesses must not exceed the size standards as defined by the Small Business Administration, North American Industry Classification System Codes (NAICS) size standards.
Applications for Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise use the same application form. Applications are available in two formats.
Emerging Small Business Short form
The short form used only when applying for the Minority and/or Woman Business Enterprise certification. Oregon firms can save time and money if an Emerging Small Business Certification as well as a minority and/or woman business certification are sought. The business must be an Oregon firm (your principle place of business must be located in Oregon).
The application and required documents must be mailed to:
Small Business Services, OMWESB
775 Summer St NE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280
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