Equity in Contracting

6 Tips for Doing Business with the City

Doing Business with the City of Eugene

Review our guide on doing business with the City: 6 Tips for finding, understanding & responding to solicitations

Finding Opportunities

Suppliers interested in doing business with the City can find solicitations and documents on OregonBuys. Interested in more informal opportunities to work with the City? Add your business name to the Interested Suppliers list. 

COBID Certification

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 State of Oregon Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID).

Qualified Pools

This is a pool of suppliers that can provide Exempt Personal Services, which are services that require specialized technical, creative, professional, or communication skills. Suppliers can submit a Statement of Qualifications in response to a qualified pool solicitation, which is then reviewed.. 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. Find out more about the open opportunities.

Business Support Services

EUG Loan Program

Art Loans, Business Growth Loans, Downtown Loans and River Loans - visit www.eugloans.org for more information, or contact:

Aaron Doreen, Business Loan Analyst



Small Business Resources @ the Public Library

Opportunities for free one-on-one appointments and local support, help with writing business plans, finding funding, conducting market research and marketing your business. Visit their website for more information.


Be Our Partner. Build Our Community

The Equity in Contracting (EIC) program acts as a liaison to the business community, working to build trust and access between City staff and suppliers.  

 The program is interested in understanding and removing barriers to working with the City as a supplier of goods or services, with a focus on increasing the number of projects awarded to small, minority and women-owned businesses (COBID-certified). The program aims to:

  • Support the community both socially and economically
  • Make connections and build trust
  • Encourage innovation and superior solutions
  • Increase access to opportunities
  • Find and support new markets
  • Obtain best price and value
  • Connect interested businesses with appropriate opportunities & resources
  • Convey that the City is a partner that wants to be engaged


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