Some of Oregon’s small businesses may be missing out on exclusive bidding opportunities for certified ESB firms around the state even though the application process is free and fairly simple to complete.
ODOT’s Emerging Small Business program is geared to assist small businesses in bidding on state and federal contracts level under $100,000.
“This program provides businesses the tools and resources needed to branch out and grow,” said ODOT ESB Field Coordinator Christie Meacham. “We help businesses get their foot in the door, so they can bid on projects advertised statewide.”
Rawhide Excavating of Madras is currently working on an ESB near Eagle Point. The contractor is placing drainage pipes across Oregon 62 in preparation for a 3.6-mile repaving project scheduled to begin this summer.
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According to Meacham, specialized property appraisers are in high demand right now.
“State agencies need people with those specialized skills,” said Meacham. “For example, ODOT needs specialized property appraisers for upcoming road projects in Roseburg and Shady Cove.
“Having ESB certification can give contractors more opportunities to bid on public projects.”