Project #: 22-11 (RFP)
Category: Professional Services
Department: Economic Development
Issued by: Prosper Portland
Proposals Due Date: Oct 28, 2022 2:00PM (Pacific Standard Time) add to calendar
Status: awarded
Posted: Oct 4, 2022


Portland Means Progress and the Mercatus Directory are partnering to create connections for Portland Means Progress businesses to purchase from Mercatus businesses. The Mercatus Purchasing Navigator will (a) act as a liaison between local BIPOC-owned businesses and Portland Means Progress businesses (b) build the capacity of the Mercatus Directory by supporting businesses owned by People of Color to join this network, and (c) connect one-on-one with Portland Means Progress businesses.

Portland Means Progress is an initiative that supports Portland businesses as they take action to advance racial equity within their organization and communities. A core priority of Portland Means Progress is Intentional Purchasing: calling on businesses to purchase goods & services from local businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

The Mercatus Directory features entrepreneurs of color from the Portland Metro area. Mercatus members include hundreds of racially and ethnically diverse business owners. Collectively, the Mercatus community is elevating a vibrant and multicultural narrative of business ownership. Mercatus members can benefit from greater exposure, new business leads, and community wealth building opportunities.


This project has the following solicitation documents.

Bid Document File Size Notes
123,942 Award Document

For Questions or Additional Information, Contact:

Name: Daniel Spero

About Prosper Portland

We are the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland.  We focus on building an equitable economy by carrying out a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small business, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents. We work with partners to drive public attention and resources to different areas of the city, which helps Portland realize capital projects – parks, streetscape improvements, community centers –that would not happen on their own, making it a better place to live for all Portlanders.

Our Mission

To create economic growth and opportunity for Portland.

Our Vision

Portland is one of the most globally competitive, equitable, and healthy cities in the world.

Prosper Portland stimulates job creation, encourages broad economic prosperity, and fosters great places on behalf of the City of Portland.

We are a workplace of choice with passionate staff excelling in an open and empowering environment and sharing a commitment to our collective success.

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