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Pathway to Certification

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Energy Trust of Oregon and Professional Business Development Group (PBDG) are working together to help support your business in getting certified through the Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) of Oregon. This form will take around 10-15 minutes to complete and all information will be held in confidence. This service is being provided by Energy Trust at no cost to your business and is available for existing Trade Allies and contractors interested in enrolling in the network. 

What are the benefits of getting certified? 

Getting certified will allow your business to access special offers such through Energy Trust. The following state and federal contracting opportunities and benefits are also available: 

  • Opportunity to bid on goal orientated contracts 
    • Federal, state, county, and city government projects 
    • Large firms have programs and policies designed to engage and foster utilization of certified firms 
  • Awards on projects that do not have a goal 
    • $10,000 direct award (state) 
    • $50,000 professional services 
  • Opportunities targeted toward emerging small businesses 
    • $100,000 Direct award through ODOT’s Small Contracting Program 
  • Emergency response list 
  • Connecting to prime contractors 
  • Networking opportunities and events 
  • Exposure—Marketing tool 
  • Education opportunities 
  • Mentorship programs