Emerging Small Business Certification

Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification is for Oregon small businesses seeking contracting opportunities for state, county and city government and special jurisdiction (e.g., hospitals and universities) contracting opportunities.

  • Race and gender neutral program based on the size of the business rather than the individual
  • Two Tier system with total participation not to exceed 12 years

Qualifications for ESB Certification

  • U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted, permanent resident
  • Principal place of business must be in Oregon according to federal tax filings
  • Organized as a for-profit business
  • Operate and owned independently (cannot be a parent company or subsidiary)
  • Properly licensed (e.g., engineering, architecture, electrician, plumber, construction, etc.) and registered with the Secretary of State

Employee Size and Average Annual Gross Receipts Cap (3 yr. average)

Tier 1

  • 19 or less employees
  • < $1,925,199.64 for construction firms
  • < $770,079.85 for non-construction related firms

Tier 2

  • 29 or less employees
  • < $3,850,399.31 for construction firms
  • < $1,283,466.43 for non-construction related firms

How to Apply

Apply for certification online. If you don't have the ability to access the online system, you may file using this Word document. Mail the original application and required documentation to Business Oregon, COBID, 775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301-1280.