Oregon's Procurement Technical Assistance Center


GCAP Participated Training

​Small Business Open House

When: February 20, 2019 from 3pm - 6pm

Where: Oregon Convention Center, Lobby E, 777 NE MLK Blvd, Portland

Come mingle with Metro and Multnomah County staff at an early evening Open House. A great chance for small businesses in the Metro Region to introduce themselves to project managers from both agencies, and how to do business with government. Even if you’ve attended before – this event is for you: you will get the chance to meet additional project managers and hear about new project opportunities. Learn about this year’s upcoming opportunities. Attend educational workshops. 

For more information, contact Tracy at tracy.fisher@oregonmetro.gov

This is a free event and light refreshments are included. 

Register: https://metro-multco-openhouse.eventzilla.net

Government Contracting Basics

When: February 22, 2019 from 9:30am to 12pm

Where: Clackamas Community College 7726 SE Harmony Road, Room HW120

The federal government spends $500 billion in contracts every year and the law requires 23% of these dollars be awarded to small businesses. State and Local agencies have similar objectives. This entry-level class will help you get started! Geared toward small businesses across any industry, this class is best suited for those with limited to no government contracting experience or those seeking a refresher on the basics. All are welcome!

Please click here for more information and to register.

Cybersecurity Workshop Training

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 8am - 5pm

Where: Portland - Exact location TBD

The primary purpose of our one-day 8-hour workshop is to ensure that small businesses are aware of the cybersecurity requirements mandated under Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) Subpart 204.73. We will focus on understanding the risks associated with safeguarding controlled unclassified DoD information. 

Please click here for more information and to register.

Governor's Marketplace Save the Date!!!

When: Wednesday & Thursday, March 20 - 21, 2019

Where:  Salem Convention Center

Day 1:  Being an entrepreneur can be risky and isolating. What if you had partners to work with you to plan, fund, start, sustain and grow your business? What if those partners could equip you to build your bottom line? Let's walk together from where you are to the results you want.

Day 2: Governor Kate Brown is changing the way the State of Oregon does business. Join us for a warm
welcome to Salem, continental breakfast and hear about how your organization can benefit from a
new framework for success. Keynote: Governor Kate Brown, Emcee: Bonnie Milletto.  Discount Codes:  March 20 Only: GMP20DAY1; March 21 Only: GMP20DAY2  and Both Days: GMP20BOTH.

Click here for more information and to register.

Additional Training

SCORE Workshops

Portland SCORE offers over 100 business workshops designed to help you start and grow your own business. These workshops are taught throughout the Portland Metro area by experienced experts, and they are priced modestly. Complete details on each course are available here.

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Braddock's The Winning Edge

The Winning Edge: How Government and Corporate Buyers Select a Small Business Supplier - 2014 Edition

***Available at no charge!***

Braddock's The Winning Edge is a practical guide designed for small to medium sized businesses that provides important insights into the decision-making process within the government and large corporations, with an emphasis on the evaluation and selection stages.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the government procurement process
  • How government procurement officers evaluate a small business supplies
  • How small businesses can identify and win subcontracting opportunities
  • Characteristics that corporate buyers are really looking for in a small business supplier
  • Next step resources.

Please click here for additional information and for the link to the guide.

Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide – 2013 Edition

Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide – 2013 Edition

Available to you at no charge!

Procurement Opportunities Guide-2013 Edition
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selling to Governments and Corporations

Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is a primer designed to help small business owners and decision makers understand the government procurement and private sector procurement spaces. The Guide provides an overview of government and corporate markets with an emphasis on who buys and how buying decisions are made. The Guide also presents “next step” resources for federal and state governments and the private sector.

Topics include:

  • Selling to the federal government/state governments
  • Selling to large corporations
  • Selling to foreign governments and international organizations
  •  “Green” procurement
  • Special resources for Women-, Minority, and Veteran-owned businesses
  • A glossary of procurement related terms, a procurement preparation checklist, information about teaming agreements and joint ventures, and more.

Please click here for Braddock's Procurement Opportunities Guide.

SBA Government Contracting Classroom

SBA has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with governmental agencies. So whether you’re just getting started or looking for ways to compete more successfully in the government contracting marketplace, check out the courses below.

Please click here for additional information on SBA's classes.