Portland Contracting Help for Small and Minority Businesses

Would you like to market your business on the world-wide-web at no cost to you?   Would you like to know about private and government procurement opportunities?   Is your business socially and economically disadvantaged?   Is your business located in a distressed area?   The U. S. Small Business Administration can help you answer all these questions and more.

Central Contractor Registry (CCR) & Dynamic Small Business Search / PRO-Net

  • CCR registration required for all federal government vendors and available free of charge
  • PRO-Net supplemental data recommended for small firms seeking federal, and private sector contracts
  • Provides opportunity to create, view and update business profile
  • Provides access to government and private sector buyers looking for qualified vendors through CCR's Dynamic Small Business Search
  • Register on-line at ccr.gov followed by supplemental small businesses data entry (PRO-Net)

8(a) Business Development Program

  • Available to businesses that:
    • meet SBA’s small business size standards
    • have been operating for at least two years prior to application
    • are owned at least 51% by U. S. citizens
    • are owned at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals
  • Socially disadvantaged groups include:
    • Black American
    • Hispanic American
    • Native American
    • Asian Pacific American
    • Subcontinent Asian American
    • Others must provide evidence as to how they have been discriminated
  • Economically disadvantaged businesses must have:
    • personal net worth of $250,000 or less, excluding primary residence and equity in business
    • a product or service regularly purchased by the federal government

HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program

  • Available to businesses that are:
    • located in an eligible "Historically Underutilized Business Zone" (HUBZone)
    • owned and controlled by one or more U. S. citizens; and
    • at least 35% of its employees must be HUBZone residents
  • Provides "place-based" opportunities for both federal prime contract and subcontract benefits
  • Determine HUBZone status by visiting SBA’s HUBZone web site
  • Electronic application available on HUBZone web site

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) - Self-Certification through Central Contractor Registry (CCR)

Available to businesses that:

  • Meet SBA's small business size standards
  • Are owned at least 51% by U.S. Citizens
  • Must meet socially disadvantaged status as defined under 8(a) Program above
  • Economically disadvantaged businesses must have personal net worth of $750,000 or less, excluding primary residence and equity in business

Firms can now "self-certify" using the Corporate Information page of the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) database if they meet the qualifications previously noted.  See page 20 of CCR's New Registration Screenshots


For more information on the above programs, call  (503) 326-2682 or email at pdxhelp@sba.gov

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