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​Small Business Program

​Small businesses are a critical part of creating economic vitality in the region. As a part of the port's Century Agenda objectives, we aim to increase the percentage of funds spent with qualified small business firms in construction, consulting and goods and services to 40 percent.

The port’s Small Business Program is designed to develop mutually advantageous professional relationships with all small businesses and to increase the number of small businesses, including minority, women, and disadvantaged firms, applying and competing for port procurements.

Under the port’s Small Business Program, we track three core programs: The Small Contractor and Suppliers (SCS) program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, and the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program.

PortGen Small Business Accelerator


Mark Fitgerald is a Marine Maintenance utility worker pursuing his goal of becoming an apprentice electrician

PortGen, launched in 2016, is one example of the ways the Port of Seattle supports small businesses in the region.

Small businesses from the construction and architectural/engineering sector participate in a series of classes and coaching aimed at providing technical assistance to help improve their ability to do business with the Port of Seattle.

Because the Port of Seattle spends millions of dollars annually on goods and services—everything from light bulbs and software to janitorial services and escalator repair—.Port staff recently dedicated the second in the 2017 PortGen series to the topic of goods and services procurement.

At the March session, small business owners visited Port Marine Maintenance facilities for an overview of their goods and services needs. Mark Fitzgerald, pictured above changing a light bulb, is a Marine Maintenance utility worker pursuing his goal of becoming an apprentice electrician.

PortGen Accelerator Program videoIn the video to the left, two business owner participants discuss the benefits they experienced as a result of the PortGen program. 




Small Contractors and Suppliers Program (SCS)

Through a joint partnership with King County, a small business can fill out one application to be certified as an SCS firm for all government agencies utilizing the SCS program.

Registering as an SCS firm increases your competitiveness when bidding on port contracts. The incentives in each category may include:

Earn a 5% pricing advantage during evaluations

Earn evaluation points for using SCS firms for Categories II and III

SCS participation requirements, on a case-by-case basis

All SCS Company Names and Profiles are placed in an online directory. Find a list of FAQs here.

During 2014 SCS businesses received:
  • More than $31 million through port contract and sub contracting opportunities
  • 8.8% of Port expenditures

If you are interested in doing business with the Port, and want to fully maximize your SCS certification please register on the port’s Procurement and Roster Management System (PRMS).

If you have any questions please contact us .

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

The port’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs established in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Federal program guidelines and procedures aid in ensuring that DBEs have equal opportunity to compete for contracts, subcontracts, and agreements in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts.

It is our policy to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award of DOT assisted contracts;
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts;
  • Ensure that a firm meets federal eligibility standards (49 CFR Part 26) prior to participation in the DBE Program;
  • Assist in identifying and removing barriers to participation for DBEs in federally assisted contracts; and
  • Assist in the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, in order to increase their competitiveness in the market place.

The Port of Seattle has a three-year race-conscious goal of 4.76% DBE utilization on its federally assisted projects. Click here to view the port’s DBE Program.

If you have any questions regarding the port's DBE program please contact us.

How do I become certified as a DBE?
Firms seeking to be federally certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) should contact the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE) in Olympia, WA, for information on the eligibility criteria, instructions and certification materials online or by phone 1-866-208-1064.

Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE)

The Port tracks Small Business Enterprises (SBE) participation for those firms that identify themselves as a small business. Please see the Small Business Administration (SBA) website which details the size standards for small businesses.

Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program Small Business Report (Statistics for 2015)




DBE Program

2016-2018 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programmore


Small Business Program Contact Information
(206) 787-3455 or email.