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Justice Department to Investigate Portland Protest Shooting

Donavan LaBella was standing with both arms in the air holding a large speaker across the street from the courthouse when a federal officer fired a less-lethal round at his head

Seattle Mayor, City Council at Odds Over 50% Police Cut

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says the City Council has failed to speak with the police chief or conduct sufficient research

OSU, UO Among 20 Universities Filing Federal Lawsuit in Oregon Over International Student Order

The lawsuit, filed today, seeks to protect the educational status of nearly 3,500 students attending OSU

Governor Kate Brown Announces New Requirements for Face Coverings, Limits on Social Get-Togethers

Effective Wednesday, July 15, face coverings to be required outdoors, social get-togethers indoors over 10 prohibited

NEWS BRIEFS

NNPA Livestreams With Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Val Demings

The audience has an opportunity to be an interactive part of the interview ...

Black Women Often Ignored By Social Justice Movements

‘Intersectional invisibility’ may lead to Black women’s exclusion, study finds ...

Deadline is July 15 to Pay Portland's $35 Arts Tax

The tax, approved by voters in 2012, supports arts education and grants ...

Oregon National Guard Completes Wildland Firefighter Training

The training was conducted using funds that were allocated to the Department of Defense by Congress to enable the National Guard to...

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Police no longer looking for motorist who killed toddler

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) — The search has been called off for the car that fatally struck a toddler on a Milwaukie residential street, police announced Monday night.An unknown vehicle struck and killed a two-year-old boy, Jack Barrett, on the afternoon of July 2 when he opened the door of his...

Wedge wolf pack attacks 7 cattle in northeast Washington

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Wedge wolf pack in northeast Washington has attacked seven more cattle, bringing the number of depredations by the pack to nearly a dozen since May 11.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated and confirmed the depredations on Saturday at a private...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

COMMENTARY: Real Table Talk

Chaplain Debbie Walker provides helpful insight for self-preservation, and care tips for your family, your neighbors, and your community circles ...

Commissioner Hardesty Responds To Federal Troop Actions Towards Protesters

This protester is still fighting for their life and I want to be clear: this should never have happened. ...

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Police can't access LAPD gang database records after scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general on Tuesday made it impossible for law enforcement agencies to access entries that Los Angeles police made in the state's gang database after three LA officers were charged with falsifying records.The Los Angeles Police Department's records...

Former leader of neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to 'swatting'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A founder and former leader of a neo-Nazi group has pleaded guilty to conspiring to place hoax phone calls targeting an African American church, a Cabinet official, journalists and others.John C. Denton, 26, of Montgomery, Texas, faces up to five years in prison after...

Confederate statue removed from prominent spot at Ole Miss

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate monument that’s long been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle...

ENTERTAINMENT

Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews exit 'Dancing With the Stars'

NEW YORK (AP) — The dance has ended for “Dancing With the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.ABC said in a statement that the show is looking to “embark on a new creative direction” and host Bergeron “departs the show with our sincerest thanks and...

Back to the '80s: Andrew McCarthy writing 'Brat Pack' book

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor-writer-director Andrew McCarthy, a 57-year-old father of three, keeps getting asked about his “Brat Pack” years in the 1980s. He is now ready to answer. Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that McCarthy's “Brat: An '80s Story” will...

Music Review: How The Chicks sort of got their groove back

The Chicks, “Gaslighter” (Columbia Records)The newly minted The Chicks pull a phoenix-like move with eighth studio album “Gaslighter.”The Dixie Chicks have died, long live The Chicks. In a stunning act of double re-invention, the country-pop trio have changed their name...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows' diets

Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by...

Biden unveils [scripts/homepage/home.php] trillion climate plan with energy revamp

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a [scripts/homepage/home.php] trillion plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and...

Wait 'til next year: Giving up on 2020, looking toward 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — This was supposed to be the year of the comeback for Boysie Dikobe, a South African dancer...

Prada headlines Milan's first Digital Fashion Week

MILAN (AP) — Prada headlined Day 1 of Milan’s first Digital Fashion Week on Tuesday with a series of...

Russia seeks prison terms for 3 youth group members

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Tuesday demanded prison terms for three members of a youth group...

Wait 'til next year: Giving up on 2020, looking toward 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — This was supposed to be the year of the comeback for Boysie Dikobe, a South African dancer...

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Greg Wolley works for the City of Portland in the Professional Services Marketing and Outreach Program. His job is a subset of the overall work that's going on with the City and minority owned, women owned and emerging small businesses. He works with businesses in various areas, including in the technical field, business services and creative services. Wolley has served on numerous boards and commissions in Portland over the past 24 years, including work with the TriMet Interstate MAX project and the River Renaissance Committee.

He says his vision is to create an equitable playing field for small businesses, including minority-owned companies.

"Obviously a company that has been in business longer and has done more similar projects has often gotten the nod from our project managers because they have made a bigger impression," says Wolley. "Our goal is to promote the smaller company."

According to Wolley, the City provides support services and technical assistance, such as tuition assistance for classes at PCC's Small Business Development Center. All outreach programs for small businesses are supervised by Loretta Young.

The City has also worked to restructure how it does procurement for projects to help MWESBs become more competitive. It is developing procurement policies that will allow small Oregon certified MWESB firms to compete only with each other for projects up to $100,000.

"They (large firms) have marketing staff so they can just whip out these proposals very easily and quickly without much effort," says Wolley.

"For a small company, that's a much bigger decision and so proportionately, much more costly. And it takes much more time for them to submit a proposal than a big company. This way, we expect we'll get more proposals and more participation."

When it comes to awarding contracts, Wolley says he is looking for companies that can perform the work well and establish themselves as reliable to the City. Ultimately, it's the surrounding community that benefits, he says.

"I see that as a way for us to contribute to the local economy because small businesses are such a large part of economy here in Portland," says Wolley. "If we can get more money into the pockets of these small businesses, including the MBEs, we're doing our part to help the city's economy. "

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