The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce called me to ask about my thoughts on the new Minority Evaluator Program. Portland City Council passed a resolution requiring a minority member to be part of the evaluation committee for certain publicly bid projects. In May, I had the opportunity to be a part of a selection committee. and will continue to volunteer my time in the program. For me, the benefits are multiple:
- I get to represent the Portland minority community by being an active part of the city's efforts for diversity
- I get to become a part of the minority business community, which is currently small and insular, but has earnest hopes of reaching a larger audience
- I get a better understanding of the RFP process
- I get an inside look at the City of Portland and PDC procurement and purchasing departments
- I have a venue to voice my opinion about the RFP proposal format and selection process, not just as a minority member, but also a woman business owner, a small business owner, and a young company hoping to win city contracts in the future
If you are interested in knowing more about the program, click on the links above to see how you might be able to get involved. I'll keep you posted on my thoughts on this new program as it progresses.