Equity in Contracting
The Equity in Contracting (EIC) Program exists to increase accessibility of contracting opportunities for all suppliers interested in working with the City of Eugene, with a distinct focus on increasing the number of contracts issued to small, minority and women-owned businesses. The program serves to:
- Support the community both socially and economically
- Encourage innovation and superior solutions
- Find and support new markets
- Obtain best price and value
- Connect interested businesses with appropriate opportunities & resources
Advocacy | Ensure that a diversity of suppliers gain visibility and have inclusion in all sourcing, contracting, and procurement decisions made by the City of Eugene.
Outreach | Establish relationships with a diverse supplier pool through business networking, events and communications, while gaining an understanding of what barriers exist for our supplier community.
Education | Provide suppliers with an understanding of what the City purchases, where opportunities are advertised, and how to best utilize available resources.
Support | Encourage suppliers to gain certification as a Minority or Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE), Emerging Small Business (ESB), or Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) through the State of Oregon Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID).
Doing Business with the City of Eugene
Suppliers interested in doing business with the City can find solicitations and documents on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) or on the City of Eugene website. Review our for help getting started.
We encourage all eligible suppliers to gain certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Emerging Small
Business (ESB), and/or a Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) through the .
This is a pool of contractors that can provide Exempt Personal Services, which are services requiring specialized technical, creative, professional or communication skills. Contractors submit a Statement of Qualifications in response to a solicitation, which is then reviewed for a determination of acceptance or rejection. If accepted into a Qualified Pool, City staff may contact you to discuss a project and may directly award a contract of up to $100,000 in a fiscal year. There are currently 11 open solicitations for Qualified Pools. Find out more about the open opportunities here.
Finding suppliers to engage in the competitive solicitation process can take many forms. If you have any questions about how to find suppliers, how to engage them for your project needs, and/or how to report on those efforts, please reach out to your Buyer or the EIC Program Coordinator.
- | resource for finding businesses that are certified as minority or women-owned, service disabled veteran owned, or as an emerging small business.
- | resource for finding businesses in the greater Eugene area
- | log into CESHARE to search our Qualified Pools. City staff may directly award a contract to a supplier on a qualified pool of up to $100,000 in a fiscal year.
- | log into ORPIN and click on "Browse Suppliers"