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Governor's Advocate and Oregon Universities to hold outreach sessions for Minority, Women, Emerging and Small Business contracto

Source: Bob Simonton, OUS: 541-346-5728

Contact: Di Saunders, OUS: Cell – 971-219-6869; Office – 503-725-5714

Sessions to be held in Portland and Salem, September 10 and 14

PORTLAND, September 9, 2010 – To help minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses (MWESB) better understand how to bid on capital construction projects at the seven Oregon University System (OUS) campuses, the OUS and the Governor’s Advocate are holding two outreach sessions on September 10 and 14 in Portland and Salem, respectively.

Called The Governor’s Marketplace, the 90 minute sessions provide MWESB consultants and contractors with an overview of how to identify and bid on capital construction, repair, and deferred maintenance projects at all of the OUS campuses: Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, OSU-Cascades, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University. This is part of an ongoing partnership effort by the Governor’s Advocate for Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses and OUS to provide information regarding the Professional Services Retainer Program so that consultants and contractors are better prepared to respond to business opportunities at the OUS campuses. To register for either of these free events, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/Gov/MWESB/events.shtml.

Bob Simonton, OUS assistant vice chancellor for capital programs, said, "The Governor's Marketplace provides a great venue for contractors and professional consultants to meet campus representatives and discuss ways to take advantage of future contracting opportunities within our seven public universities and one branch campus.”

OUS has worked with the Governor’s Advocate Office for several years to ensure that under-represented and smaller-scale Oregon businesses have access to contracting opportunities and that the public universities are aware of resources around the state and in their neighboring communities. OUS has developed a Retainer Program to expedite certain contracting processes and initiate projects as quickly as possible.  By streamlining some of the typically complex and burdensome processes involved in government contracting, OUS is able to provide additional opportunities for MWESB consultants and contractors to compete for projects on its campuses.  All OUS institutions post procurements on the publicly accessible University Procurement Gateway, which can be found at http://www.ous.edu/bapp/bopps. Contractors are strongly encouraged to visit the website frequently to find information and bid documents for all OUS projects.

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

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