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  • Economic & Business Equity

    logotwo diverse workersThe Office of Economic & Business Equity is created in statute, the Director is a cabinet level appointment by the Governor and serves as a senior policy advisor on issues related to minority-owned, woman-owned, disadvantaged and emerging small businesses.  Working internally with agency leadership and staff, externally with the statewide stakeholder community, the Office assists in strategies to increase contracting with Oregon certified firms.  Whether it's access to bidding information, resources or staff; upcoming opportunities and opening doors or making key connections -- Economic & Business Equity is here to serve you.  

Economic and Business Equity Resources & Events
Welcome to the Governor's Office of Economic and Business Equity where we serve Oregon's disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned and emerging small business (D/MWESB).  We focus on Access, Opportunity and Connection; elements designed to take your business to the next level.  From contracting opportunities, tools/resources and key relationships, our office is oriented toward providing useful and relevant information.  We invite you and strongly encourage for you to peruse our site for numerous links relevant to your business needs.  
Under Governor Kitzhaber’s leadership, we continue our strong support of Oregon entrepreneurs, mindful of his belief that Oregon’s “continued economic recovery is dependent on businesses large and small having ample and fair opportunities to be successful.” We recognize small, independent businesses are creating jobs, spearheading entrepreneurialism, and helping provide a bridge to a more prosperous future for our entire state.
Governor's Marketplace Conference
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To learn about the Governor's Marketplace Conference and access presentations, please

ATTENTION: Potential 'Cool School's' Contractors
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The Governor's School Audit Initiative has identified over $20 million in various energy efficiency projects. By submitting your information via the link below, your firm will be included in the listing of interested firms to participating school districts.
Opportunity Register & Clearinghouse
The Oregon Opportunity Register & Clearinghouse is part of Economic & Business Equity and helps develop and support opportunities by working with state agencies and local jurisdictions to ensure Oregon's certified firms receive information about contracting opportunities.
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Kiva is an international organization crowd-funding platform, enabling individuals to become entrepreneurial funders, beginning with amounts as low as $25.  Since 2005, Kiva has operated in developing countries, but is now establishing a US presence with the 'Kiva Zip' program.  
On June 27th, Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes was on hand to officially launch the Oregon program, along with Kiva Zip Senior Director Jonny Price.  Small businesses and entrepreneurs can apply for initial funding up to $5k via a trustee at zero interest/zero fees; character, not credit dependent.  For more information:  https://zip.kiva.org/
Secretary of State's - One Stop Business Porta
We are pleased to unveil the Secretary of State's Corporation Division’s new Business Xpress, Oregon's "one stop" business portal.
The goal of Business Xpress is to help businesses quickly find the information and services they need and complete tasks online.  We hope you find the Business Xpress portal a useful and valuable tool in your interactions with Oregon government.
Oregon Get Your Business Online with Google
Oregon Get Your Business Online with Google
Just over a year ago, we partnered with Google who launched Oregon Get Your Business Online.  It’s an easy, free and fast way for Oregon businesses to get online. With professional templates and a few easy steps, businesses can create and publish a website in less than 60 minutes. The offer includes:

- A free, easy-to-build, professional website
- A free customized domain name and web hosting for one year
- A local business listing on Google
- Free tools, resources, and local events
Thanks to Google’s generosity, this free program will continue for the foreseeable future.
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