01:30 PM - 02:20 PM - Benefit Company or B Corp? — What’s Your Business? Aligning Opportunities with Government Needs – Room 120

Ruth Miles & Kelly Stevens-Malnar


Ruth Miles: Benefit Company or B Corp?

The growing popularity of social entrepreneurship has fueled an explosion of benefit companies and B Corps. What’s the difference between the two and why does it matter? Get information and decide if this is the right path for your organization.


Kelly Stevens-Malnar: What’s Your Business? Aligning Opportunities with Government Needs

Small business growth is leading our country by creating 2 out of the 3 net new jobs across the U.S., and here in the State of Oregon it is no different.  Oregon is strongly committed to the growth and prosperity of our diverse and rural communities and we start with “how we buy” and “who we buy from”.  Oregon spends billions of dollars annually on goods, services and construction.  We buy everything from catering, janitorial, and landscaping business to healthcare services and everything in between.  We design, build, and engineer facilities to large highway infrastructure projects and paving.   We repair and remodel buildings; roofing, concrete, drywall, excavating, electrical, and HVAC.   If you are a small business or thinking about starting business come find out about the FREE resources and assistance to START GROW SUSTAIN your business.

  • Gain assistance on navigating and locating contracting opportunities.
  • Receive resources to help with starting and growing your business
  • Identify, connect, and build relationships with government experts
  • Understand the benefits of Oregon minority and small business certification.
  • Introduction to the State’s powerful bidding system – ORPIN
  • Hear it here first!  What’s the Governor doing for small, minority-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran owned businesses?