ORS 200.055¹
Certification as disadvantaged business enterprise, minority-owned business, woman-owned business, business that service-disabled veteran owns or emerging small business
  • fees
  • rules
  • appeal

(1)(a) An enterprise or business may apply to the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity for certification as:

(A) A disadvantaged business enterprise;

(B) A minority-owned business;

(C) A woman-owned business;

(D) A business that a service-disabled veteran owns; or

(E) An emerging small business.

(b) An enterprise or business shall submit a separate application for each category of certification the enterprise or business seeks under paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(c) If an enterprise or business qualifies under ORS 200.005 (Definitions) to 200.075 (Prohibited conduct) and if the office approves an application from the enterprise or business, the office shall certify the enterprise or business under one or more of the categories described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(d) For purposes of awarding a public contract, a contracting agency shall recognize an enterprise or business with a certification from the office as the category of enterprise or business described in the certification and as having met the requirements set forth in ORS 200.005 (Definitions) to 200.075 (Prohibited conduct). For purposes of awarding a subcontract in connection with a public contract, a contractor may recognize a subcontractor with a certification from the office as the category of enterprise or business described in the certification and as having met the requirements set forth in ORS 200.005 (Definitions) to 200.075 (Prohibited conduct).

(2) In consultation with public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) and the Department of Transportation, and with the approval of the Governor’s Policy Advisor for Economic and Business Equity, the Oregon Business Development Department by rule shall adopt a uniform standard form and procedure to provide complete documentation of an enterprise’s or a business’ status as a disadvantaged business enterprise, a minority-owned business, a woman-owned business, a business that a service-disabled veteran owns or an emerging small business. The department shall compile and make available a list of enterprises and businesses that the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity certifies under this section.

(3) If the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity denies a certification as, or decertifies, a disadvantaged business enterprise, an affected business enterprise may appeal directly to the United States Department of Transportation.

(4) If the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity denies, revokes or refuses to renew a business’s certification as a minority-owned business, a woman-owned business, a business that a service-disabled veteran owns or an emerging small business, the business may request a contested case hearing as provided in ORS chapter 183.

(5) The Oregon Business Development Department, through the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity, is the sole agency that may certify enterprises and businesses as disadvantaged business enterprises, minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, businesses that service-disabled veterans own and emerging small businesses that are eligible to perform public contracts in this state.

(6) The Oregon Business Development Department by rule may establish a fee not to exceed $100 for a copy of the list described in subsection (2) of this section and may assess contracting agencies for services under ORS 200.005 (Definitions) to 200.075 (Prohibited conduct).

(7) The Department of Transportation may collect a fee, not to exceed $200, from a bidder or proposer at the time the bidder or proposer prequalifies to perform public contracts to cover the costs of the Oregon Business Development Department in administering ORS 200.005 (Definitions) to 200.075 (Prohibited conduct). The Department of Transportation shall transfer fees that the Department of Transportation collects under this subsection to the credit of the account established under subsection (8) of this section.

(8) The Oregon Business Development Department shall establish a special account in which to deposit fees and assessments. The special account is continuously appropriated to the Oregon Business Development Department to meet the Oregon Business Development Department’s expenses in administering ORS 200.005 (Definitions) to 200.075 (Prohibited conduct). [1987 c.893 §8; 1989 c.1043 §4; 1993 c.500 §8; 1997 c.145 §3; 2003 c.794 §216; 2009 c.830 §137; 2015 c.148 §1; 2015 c.565 §5; 2015 c.767 §61]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 200—Disabled Veterans; Emerging Small Businesses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors200.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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