January 2021 Newsletter
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Next PBDG Meeting
Wednesday January 27, 2021 • 4 – 5:30pm
Our monthly meetings are open to PBDG Members and Partners. If you would like to attend as a guest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, this meeting has been moved to January 27 due to Inaugeration Day.
Click here to register for this virtual event!
If you are still having issues using Zoom, please let us know so we can assist you.
From the Desk of the Executive Director
Kenechi Onyeagusi, PBDG Executive Director
Hello and happy new year!
It is with a great deal of optimism that I welcome you to 2021. This year has started off with a great deal of revelations and a new awakened within our political system, and for us as a nation. With the promise of change, we continue to fight for a better future.
In the month of January, we will continue rolling out our virtual classes at no cost to the business owner, being responsive to the needs of our community and to staying within COVID guidelines. With the second round of PPP loan funding, PBDG is available to help our partners and members navigate this process.
In the last few days of 2020, PBDG received large amounts of personal protective equipment through our partnership with Business Oregon. We will be functioning as a PPE depot to provide bulk amounts of these essentials at no cost to the business owner. Our goal is to ensure that our member’s construction sites are safe and that workers are protected. Sign up forms will be coming out soon! If you already received a small package of PPE, please do sign up again as these quantities will be much larger.
Our membership meeting program is designed to offer bid opportunity information and facilitate networking between our members and partners. As always, we want to make sure our members have access to work! Please take advantage of this opportunity and join us via Zoom on January 27th.
I wish you a happy, healthy, and spirited 2021.
Member of The Month
Partner of The Month
New Member Spotlight
Event & Meeting Details
Invitations to Bid
Member of the Month
Denis Stone, President/CEO
Phone: (503) 348-7848
Techsource Enterprises Inc. (TEI) is a contractor services company that has been in business since 1996, founded by Dennis Stone. TEI is bonded, insured, and licensed in the State of Oregon and registered with the State of Washington. TEI specializes in the following: commercial flooring sales and installation, including carpet, carpet tile, hardwood, laminate, LVT, VCT, sheet vinyl, rubber base, and ceramic tile.
For 16 years, I worked as a computer engineer with one of the top computer firms in the U.S. I spent 5 years overseas in South Korea with the same firm. After returning to the U.S., I decided to start my own company in 1996. Our company has covered many areas of residential and commercial construction, including rehabbing bank foreclosures and later transitioning to commercial flooring. Our company has focused on commercial flooring for the last 11 years. I am the President/CEO of TEI.
Some of our notable projects include:
- Meyer Memorial Trust Building: Supplied and installed hardwood/carpet tile/vinyl flooring
- Skanska/PDX T-CORE: Supplied and installed vinyl flooring
- Prosper Portland: Supplied and installed carpet tile and vinyl flooring
I believe the construction industry is very challenging right now because of COVID-19. Techsource, along with other companies, has managed to navigate during these tough times, but we’ve had to make adjustments to make it work. In the next 5-10 years, I expect our industry’s growth to be far more expansive than it is today. The Northwest, and Portland specifically, continues to have amazing growth with no limit in sight — as more and more people move to the Northwest and more industries make it their home base.
We would like to give a quick shoutout to Maurice Rahming, who is one of the founders of PBDG. He has truly been our advocate from the start. He promised to help me expand my business, and I have to acknowledge him for honoring his commitment. Techsource is a better company because of Maurice. I have been a PBDG member for two years. I was introduced to PBDG by Tyrone Henry, who invited me to a meeting. I was impressed with the organization’s focus on minority businesses in the construction industry. The work PBDG does is important because, in general, minorities are under-represented in business in the Northwest, especially in the construction industry. PBDG is a vital conduit to expanding business opportunities for minority-owned companies. Of all the organizations that we are affiliated with, we get the most worth from PBDG.
A fun fact about myself is that basketball has been a part of my life since my teens; from playing in high school, college and the military to coaching high school and AAU teams. I also love to travel, which I’ve done extensively in Asia.
COBID Certifications: MBE and ESB
Partner of the Month
Steve Wood, Vice President Mark Bodyfelt, Project Manager
Phone: (503) 231-5300
Stacy and Witbeck is one of the nation’s largest heavy civil construction companies, specializing in construction of light rail, streetcar, and commuter rail systems. We have been in Portland since 1994, proudly constructing and improving the area’s transportation infrastructure. We have constructed much of TriMet’s MAX system as well as the WES commuter rail and have built all of the city’s streetcar lines. In addition to our rail projects, we’ve even built parks for the City of Portland!
Steve Wood is a Vice President of Stacy and Witbeck and one of our most experienced project managers. With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Steve has managed major projects in Portland and Seattle, as well as projects further afield including California, Wisconsin, and even Egypt. Steve is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a BS in Civil Engineering.
Mark Bodyfelt is Stacy and Witbeck’s Area Manager with oversight of all construction operations in Oregon and railroad maintenance services in Washington. Mark has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and has been instrumental in the success of many of the area’s most high-profile passenger rail projects. Mark is a graduate of Oregon State University with a BS in Construction Engineering Management (CEM).
Over the past few months, Stacy and Witbeck has put our approach to diversity and equity under a microscope and implemented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee to make a powerful and positive impact on our company, and hopefully our industry as well. Envisioned and developed by our President and supported by all levels of management at Stacy and Witbeck, the DEI Steering Committee was formed to help us all focus on the importance of supporting our diverse employees and creating initiatives to better our company that will stick long-term. We don’t have all the answers today, but we’re grateful for the opportunity to be part of the conversation and part of the change. Our industry and its leaders must collectively work towards making sure that the same opportunities that individuals like myself are afforded, are available to all. As leaders, we can and must open doors and remove obstacles—and it is time.
In the coming years, significant increase in infrastructure spending across the country and in our region will not only reshape the landscape but create unimaginable opportunities for minorities and women. The leaders in the construction industry must continue and grow their commitments to groups like PBDG to not only expand capacity of existing certified firms, but to discover and cultivate new opportunities for minorities and women. Without growth of the workforce, these future projects will struggle to fill skilled craft positions. Construction industry leaders will continue to push labor unions and support groups such as Construction Hope or Women in Construction to create training opportunities and living wage jobs for minorities and women to fill these need craft positions.
We would like to give a quick shout out to Kenechi Onyeagusi and Sam Kim for the commitment to getting the PBDG Mentor- Protégé Program up and running. Their commitment to pushing Maurice’s vision forward will help build the capacity the industry needs. Stacy and Witbeck has been a PBDG Partner and active sponsor since June 2019. The work PBDG does to support and train the certified and small business firms in the region is essential to not only the success of individual firms but also to the industry and region continued growth and success. PBDG firms we’ve worked with include: A2 Fabrication, Inc., Alcantar and Associates, All About Flagging, Azuri Construction, Champion Sweeping, Espousal Strategies LLC, F M Burch and Associates, Inc., Faison Construction, Just Bucket Excavating, Inc., McDonald Excavating, Inc., MSD Construction, LLC, Northwest Infrastructure, O’Neill Construction Group, Pacificmark Construction, Professional Lath & Plaster, R&R General Contractors, Safeguard Security, Inc., Shadow Guard Security Group Corp., Sterling-Pacific, Valley Growers Nursery & Landscape, Inc., Zana Construction.
Give us some fun facts about you (a quirk, skill, hobby or interesting past):
Mark: Growing up, we never lived in a finished house, my dad was always working on it, so we learn hands on from a young age. When I got to OSU I discovered you could get a degree in construction and never looked back.
Steve: First project assignment out of college, for a kid born and raised in Southern California, was going from the California Bay Area to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a two-month assignment in the summer. How bad could that be – summer in the Midwest, which turned into 4 months, still not so bad, then into 4 years! Winters are tough in Wisconsin, but I met my future bride while chilling in the Midwest.
New Member Spotlight
Gibran Chavez, Owner
Phone: (971) 217-0240
Gibran Chavez and his brother Orlando entered into the construction industry over 15 years ago. Gibran began his construction journey working in residential until he began working for a commercial construction company in 2014. He spent the last 6 years learning the commercial industry and decided to open his own commercial construction company, CS1 Real Interiors, with his brother Orlando in 2020.
CS1 Real Interiors provides the following services: Interior finishes, drywall, insulation, renovation, painting, and framing. They have completed the interior finishes, drywall and painting for a 20,000 sqft church in Milwaukie. CS1 has also completed remodeling, tenant improvements, dry wall, and interior finish projects for several commercial banks and offices.
A defining moment for CS1 Real Interiors is when they joined the PBDG Mentor-Protégé Program. Since joining the program, Gibran has been able to focus on what his business really needs to grow and be successful in the commercial construction industry. Gibran is significantly more educated on industry best practices, bidding, estimating, contract reading, and generally operating a sustainable company.
COBID Certification(s): DBE, MBE, and ESB Certifications are currently in progress.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE APPLYING FOR ANY GRANTS, PLEASE LET US KNOW
small business repair grants available for portland businesses
Many Portland businesses have experienced an unprecedented level of stress and anxiety as a result of recent economic shocks. The Local Small Business Repair Grants will use existing tax increment funding (TIF) resources and funding allocated by City Council to provide near-term support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Grants up to $10,000 will be available throughout the city where businesses have immediate repair needs that do not require a permit.
As part of their application, businesses will need to submit:
- Business/organization information
- Statement of impact
- Scope of improvements
- Estimated cost of repair
Prosper Portland will review applications as they are submitted. Applications will be approved based on eligibility.
Click here to learn more and apply!
Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19
Workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 at work may be entitled to have their lost wages and medical expenses covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Employers cannot retaliate or discriminate against a worker for filing a workers’ compensation claim or for raising workplace safety concerns.
For more information, go HERE or call 800-452-0288 (toll-free).
Oregon State COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced a new program to help people who work in Oregon and need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave. People who qualify will receive a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days ($1,200 total) for the time they are required to quarantine. To see if you meet the eligibility requirements, take this eligibility quiz, or see the requirements on the DCBS site. Employees can apply online at oregon.gov/covidpaidleave. The application form is available in English, Spanish, and Russian.
Find more info here.
Northwest Infrastructure Position Opening – Project Engineer
Northwest Infrastructure specializes in heavy civil construction and offers excavation, demolition, underground utilities, and dump trucking services. They are currently looking to hire a Project Engineer that is highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative, has a strong work ethic, and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time.
Click here to view the full list of position responsibilities, requirements, and how to apply!
Will you be working on City of Portland, Multnomah County, Metro, Washington County or Port of Portland Projects?
The City of Portland, Procurement Services team has been performing outreach to our partnering organizations and certified firms about the Clean Air Construction Standard Requirements https://www.portland.gov/omf/brfs/procurement/clean-air-construction for the past year. We are offering technical assistance to certified firms to help them understand the requirements, assess their fleet, make a plan and prepare to access funding assistance. This requirement is going to happen and we want certified firms to be prepared and be in compliance. Stacey Foreman, Sustainability Coordinator in Procurement Services has been working diligently with our hired consultant Kevin Downing, Skookum Environmental Advisors to offer this FREE technical assistance to businesses and time is running out! The requirements are being phased in 2022. We are already approaching 2021.
The city is being proactive in offering this technical assistance and we are strongly encouraging you to be proactive in taking advantage of this opportunity. See additional information below. This is something that businesses with fleet/construction equipment have to be aware of and act on as it going to be the “WAY WE DO BUSINESS”. Please contact Kevin Downing with Skookum Environmental Advisors: 503.539.0610 or email@example.com to make you appointment, You can also visit their website at: https://skookumea.com
Thank you to our january class sponsors!
Invitations to Bid
TriMet - Upcoming Bids
Mortenson - Behavioral Health Resource Center Structural Upgrades & Full Interior Remodel
Bids Due January 26 at 2pm
Walsh Construction - Westwind Apartments
Bids Due January 28 at 2pm
Lease Crutcher Lewis - North Eugene High School - Bid Set B
Bids Due January 14 at 12pm
Lease Crutcher Lewis - Lane County Parole and Probation Facility Renovation
Bids Due January 18 at 5pm
Lease Crutcher Lewis - PCC Sylvania HP Remodel Music to CT
Bids Due January 21 at 2pm
Metro - Metro Central Transfer Station: Compactor Moves
Bids Due January 26 at 2pm
Metro Parks and Nature - Glendoveer Parking Lot Improvements
Bids Due January 14 at 2pm
Multnomah County - River Patrol Boathouse Repairs
Proposals Due January 21 at 4pm
Multnomah County - CM/GC Services for Multiple Library Bond Funded Capital Projects
ODOT - Notice to Contractors
Bids Due February 4 at 9am
Pence - OSU Poling Hall Window Replacement
Bids Due January 15 at 12pm
Port of Portland - On-Call Spill Response Services
Bids Dues January 26 at 12pm
City of Portland - Pending Bids
JW Fowler - 5TH STREET/KINSMAN ROAD EXTENSION
Bids Due January 26 at 2pm
JW Fowler - OR551 @ EHLEN ROAD SEC.
Bids Due February 4 at 9am
Portland Public Schools - Wilson Pool Boiler
Bids Due January 26 at 2pm
Portland Public Schools - Benson HS Modernization: Marshall CTE Annex
Bids Due January 19 at 2pm
JW Fowler - POWELL BUTTE RESERVOIR 1 ROOF UPGRADES
Bids Due January 26 at 2pm
Port of Portland - PDX International Airport Deicing Pumps PS-G and PS-L Rehabilitation
Bids Dues January 21 at 3pm
Stacy and Witbeck - Red Line Expansion and Reliability Improvements Project
Potential DBE Business Opportunities
PBOT - Contracting Opportunities
Mortenson - Design Phase Quarterly Update
PBOT - Street Lighting, Traffic Signal, & Intelligent Transportation System Engineering Services Opportunities
Pence - Kennedy ES Renovation & Addition
Bids Due January 28 at 12pm, Enter Access Key: 563cf7a154d172
Visit our covid-19 resource page for a more comprehensive list of resources
Do you have to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19, but don’t have paid time off?
The COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program is available to people who need to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms and need a medical diagnosis, but do not qualify for COVID-19-related paid sick leave (or do not have access to COVID-19-related paid time off).
If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you will get a $120 per-day payment, up to 10 working days ($1,200 total) for the time you need to quarantine or isolate.