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.
Our Portland office is now Recycle at Work Certified. The City has a program where it encourages businesses to take steps towards better recycling, and then recognizes businesses with this certification. Here are the steps: Step 1: Identify your champion. That just means there should be an assigned recycling advocate for the office. For our office, that would be me. Step 2: Recycle all paper bottles and cans. This sounds easy, but the tricky part is to have EVERYONE in your office do it. Step 3: Make recycling easy. Having recycling bins right next to garbage cans will motivate everyone to ask "can I recycle this?" before throwing it in the trash. Clear signage is also important. Step 4: Train your team. Education is a big part of abundant and proper recycling. Everyone in the office should know what can and can't be recycled. Step 5: Throw away less. Use less stuff. Use reusable stuff. The program has made it easy for business to follow the right steps, and get help when they need it. You should get certified, too!