Minority, women and emerging small business program
Metro’s MWESB policies are race and gender neutral. All contractors are welcome to compete in MWESB contracting processes regardless of race or gender, as long as they are certified by the State of Oregon as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), women-owned business enterprise (WBE), or emerging small business (ESB). Metro does not certify contracts, but rather relies on State of Oregon certification.
Metro aggressively seeks opportunities to do business with minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses (MWESB).
Informal sheltered market
Construction opportunities under $25,000 are solicited from and bid among only qualified MWESB contractors. Competitive bidding requirements still apply, but it is within the sheltered market of MWESB firms. This requirement may be waived only when no qualified MWESB bidders respond.
Anyone can participate regardless of race or gender... as long as you are a woman or minority and THE STATE certifies you as such. Only THE STATE can tell you that you are equal enough to have exclusive rights to bid on all construction jobs under $25K.
No white males need apply.