Port of Portland Disparity Study

The Port is conducting a disparity study of our small business program which includes the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program, and the Minority, Woman, Service-Disabled Veteran and Emerging Small Business program.  

To learn more about the study please visit the study website.

Notice of Public Meetings

The Port is committed to increasing opportunities for Disadvantaged, Minority-owned, Women-owned, Service Disabled Veteran-owned and Emerging Small businesses to have an equal opportunity to compete for and perform Port of Portland contracts. As part of this commitment the Port has developed a Portwide Small Business Development Program to provide contracting and procurement opportunities for Oregon and Washington certified small businesses interested in doing business with the Port.

Mission Statement: "To increase local small business participation in Port of Portland projects and procurements through the integration of a Portwide process to develop and grow mutually beneficial business relationships with local small businesses."

The Small Business Development Program Office administers five programs:
  • Minority, Women, Veteran and Emerging Small Business Program (MWVESB)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)
  • Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (ACDBE)
  • Mentor Protégé-Program (MPP)
  • Workforce Utilization Program

To learn more about Port opportunities for Small Businesses, contact:
Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips
Small Business Development Program Manager
7200 N.E. Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218

New Online Reporting Requirements:

The Port is utilizing and electronic reporting system to collect Subcontractor Payment Utilization Reports, Workforce Utilization Reports and Certified Payroll Reports.  You can access these systems by logging into the following websites:

Subcontractor Payment Reports and Workforce Reports: www.portofportland.dbesystem.com

Certified Payroll Reports: www.lcptracker.net

You must be an active contractor on a Port contract in order to log in and utilize the reporting system. If you need access to one of these systems, please complete the assignment of roles form and return to smallbiz@portofportland.com

Online Reporting Assignment Form
Instructions for printing Project Goal Report from LCP Tracker
Instructions for Subcontractor Utilization and Payment Report
Apprentice Utilization Plan

Minority, Women, Service Disabled Veteran, and Emerging Small Business Program (MWVESB)
The Port has established a MWVESB Program to encourage equal opportunity for certified small businesses to compete for opportunities as contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service providers. The MWVESB program encourages and fosters the inclusion of MWVESB firms in all Port business activities, including the procurement of goods and services as well as leasing and development. The Port requires that each business partner make good faith efforts to promote this policy throughout its engagement with the Port. The MWVESB Program applies to all of the Port’s contracts and procurement activities for Portland International Airport, Hillsboro Airport and Troutdale Airport.

For fiscal year 2016-17, the Port’s overall small business participation target is 16% of contract  dollars awarded directly and as subcontracts; and 30% of participation of small businesses as a percent of the total number of contracts awarded directly and as subcontracts.

Register and view MWVESB contract opportunities

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
The Port has an established Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for businesses that are certified as socially or economically disadvantaged in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations, 49 CFR Part 26.

The Port receives federal financial assistance from the USDOT through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) primarily for airport improvement projects. As a condition of that financial assistance, the Port must ensure that DBE-certified businesses have an equal opportunity to compete for and perform work on federally funded Port contracts.

The federal grant assurance requires the Port to establish DBE plans for its three airports and set annual DBE participation goals for airport projects and concessions; and submit annual reports to the FAA detailing actual DBE participation.

DBE Definition:
A DBE is a for-profit small business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.
  • A minority or women must own at least 51% of the business
  • Recognized minority groups for certification include: Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, Subcontinent Asian American and others as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • The minority or woman owner must have managerial and operational control over all aspects of the business.
  • Personal net worth must not exceed $1.32 million.

Proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal Fiscal Years 2017-2019
The Port of Portland (Port) announces it has established an overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for the following airports: Hillsboro Airport (HIO), and Troutdale Airport (TTD). The proposed DBE goals are applicable to U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration assisted contracting opportunities scheduled to be awarded October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019. The goal is required by the FAA pursuant to the Federal Regulation 49 CFR Part 26.

  • PDX – 5.36% DBE Goal
  • HIO – 8.0%  DBE Goal
  • TTD – 8.5% DBE Goal

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Partner Links

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program Information
The ACDBE program is designed to increase opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned small businesses to operate as concessionaires in PDX or provide goods and/or services related to the airport concessions program.

ACDBE Definition:
ACDBE certified businesses are small businesses that are certified first as DBE with further certification as an ACDBE based on additional size standards associated with operating airport concessions.

  • Concessionaire/Good or Service Provider: three-year averaged gross receipts must not exceed $56.42 million.
  • Banks and financial institutions: must not exceed $1 billion in assets.
  • Car rental companies: three-year gross averaged gross receipts must not exceed $75.23 million.
  • Pay telephones: 1.500 employees or less
  • Automobile dealers: 350 employees or less

Register and view Concession Opportunities.

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Goal
In accordance with Section 49 CFR Part 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Port of Portland is announcing the proposed FFY 2014-2016 (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2017) ACDBE goal.  

The concessions goal for non-rental car concessions is set at 12.9% ACDBE participation to be accomplished through 7.5% race conscious and 5.4% race neutral.

The concessions goal for rental car concessions is set at 1.3% to be accomplished as race neutral.

Concessions Program Information


The Port is a member of a Unified Certification Program (UCP) administered by the State of Oregon’s Business Development Department’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID). COBID will make certification decisions on behalf of the Port.

For more information about certification and to access the application and online directory of certified firms visit www.oregon4biz.com/certification

For the purpose of Port contracting opportunities, the Port considers firms who are certified by the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises as either Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise, Woman Business Enterprise, Minority Woman Business Enterprise, and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise to be small businesses. Firms certified by this agency are not required to seek certification by the COBID in order to do business with the Port.

Mentor-Protégé Program
To contribute to small business development in our region.

The Port of Portland's Mentor-Protégé Program exists to build effective working relationships between leaders of mature, established companies and emerging minority- and women-owned companies in order for the latter to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the established firms.

Program Origins
In 1994, the Port of Portland undertook an assessment to determine why small minority- and women-owned businesses were not participating in Port projects. The following five barriers were identified:
  • Ineffective working relationships between small minority- and women-owned businesses and prime contractors.
  • Poor access to job notification.
  • Inability to accommodate size of work.
  • Inability to secure adequate financing.
  • Inability to secure adequate bonding.
One solution that evolved was the Mentor-Protégé Program. An advisory board was formed, mentors were recruited and, in 1995, the program´s first group of protégés was selected. The Port of Portland Mentor-Protégé Program has since become a national model for several agencies, organizations and national efforts, including the Small Business Administration, Associated General Contractors, and Vice President Gore´s Business Mentoring initiative.

Application Process
Selection for the Port of Portland Mentor-Protégé Program is conducted through an application process. To apply for participation, businesses must meet the following criteria:
  • Participants must be current on all taxes and applicable licenses.
  • Current business must have been in continuous operation for the last 24 months.
  • Participants must be certified by the Oregon Office of Minority, Women & Emerging Small Businesses.
  • Participants must be committed to following program rules, guidelines and processes so that incremental growth and business success can be achieved.

Click here to download an application for the Mentor-Protégé Program.

Return completed applications using one of the methods indicated below:
Port of Portland
Mentor-Protégé Program
7200 N.E. Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218

Mentor-Protégé Relationship
Once accepted, each protégé is initially paired with two mentors. Working together in monthly meetings, mentors focus on assisting protégés develop business plans, develop marketing strategies, understand financial statements, and identify and implement other action items needed to meet the protégé company goals.

Mentor-Protégé Program Partners

Workforce Utilization Program
Apprentice Opportunities on Port Projects: The Port requires contractors to provide on-the-job training opportunities for approved and registered apprentices on construction projects over $500,000. The Port's overall target for registered apprentice participation is 15% of total labor hours. The Port supports efforts to build a diverse and skilled workforce for the construction industry and to increase the representation of diverse apprentices on Port projects.

Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the following link to view the Small Business Development Program's frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about this program, please e-mail Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips or call 503.415.6587 or 800.547.8411.