About the MWESB Program at the City of Beaverton
On July 7, 2015, the Beaverton City Council and Mayor Doyle adopted Resolution 4321, amending the Beaverton Purchasing Code (BPC). The amendments added a section regarding minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses (MWESB) to Chapter 46 (General Provisions Related to Public Contracting).
This resolution is a first step in the implementation of a new city program that seeks to open Beaverton's procurement process to reflect the diversity of its business community. The MWESB program aims to do so through a proactive and fundamental change in how the city approaches procurements. This policy change is intended to provide more opportunities for small business to do business with the city, achieve greater racial and gender equity in city contracting, and encourage the city’s use of state-certified MWESB firms. The MWESB program is set to take effect on January 1, 2016.
The city aspires to achieve a minimum of 10% MWESB participation in its overall dollar amount of contracting and purchasing activities, including goods and services, personal/professional services, architectural & engineering and related services, and construction of public improvements. There are three primary initiatives aimed at achieving this goal:
- Good Faith Effort Program for Construction and Personal Services Contracts valued over $100,000
- Increasing staff awareness and use of MWESB-certified firms in procurements valued under $100,000
- Annual reports and regular tracking of city dollars that go to state-certified MWESB firms
What does it mean to be a certified MWESB firm?
The city employs the State of Oregon's definitions of MWESB firms and utilizes its Certification Directory to identify qualified MWESB-certified firms. State of Oregon definitions are as follows:
- Emerging Small Business (ESB):
- Tier I: less than or equal to 19 employees, less than or equal to $1.9 million construction / less than or equal to $770,000 non-construction
- Tier II: less than or equal to 29 employees, less than or equal to $3.8 million construction / less than or equal to $1.2 million non-construction
- Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE): 51% or more owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual
- Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE): 51% or more owned and controlled by women
- Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDV): 51% or more owned and controlled by service-connected disabled veteran
Recognized MWESB-certified firms are those certified by the State of Oregon through the Certification Office of Inclusion & Diversity (COBID), formerly known as the Office of Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB). Certification is FREE and open to all qualifying businesses. Visit www.oregon4biz.com/How-We-Can-Help/COBID for more information about certification and to apply online.