Frequently Asked Questions


How do I become a Port of Portland supplier/contractor?
The first step is to register your business with the Port of Portland. Please visit the Business Opportunities section of the Port's website.

What determines a small business?
The Port defines small business as businesses that are certified as small by either the State of Oregon Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) or the State of Washington office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise.

What is certification?
Certification is a process by which a business will provide business and financial documents to a state certification agency who then verifies the firm is socially and economically disadvantaged.

If I am already certified in Washington, do I need to get certified in Oregon as well?
If you are certified by the Washington State office of Minority & Women Business Enterprises, you do not need to get certified in Oregon in order to do business with the Port.

What certifications do you accept?
The following certifications are accepted from the State of Oregon’s COBID :

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Service Disabled Veteran¬† Business Enterprise (SDVBE)
  • Emerging Small Business (ESB)

The following certifications are accepted from the State of Washington office of MWBE:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Minority Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE)
  • Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SEDBE)

For additional information about certification, go to the following websites:

Oregon Cobid
Washington MWBE certification

Must a business be certified to be a supplier/contractor for the Port of Portland?
No, however the Port does encourage any business that is qualified for certification to complete the certification process. While certification does not guarantee business for a company, it can be a useful tool when marketing to certain customers.

Who is the Port of Portland's small business development contact?
Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips
Small Business Development Program Manager
Port of Portland
7200 N.E. Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218
Phone: 503.415.6587

What are other small business resources in Portland?
Astra Women's Business Alliance
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
Governor's Small Business Advocacy Office
Minority Business Opportunity Committee
Small Business Administration
Oregon African American Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center
Portland Business Alliance