PORT OF SEATTLE 

 

MEMORANDUM 

 

COMMISSION AGENDA & STAFF BRIEFING 

 

 

 

Item No. 

7d 

 

Date of Meeting 

May 12, 2009 

 

DATE:

 

May 6, 2009 

 
TO:

 

Mr. Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer 

 

FROM: 

Elaine I. Ko, Director, Office of Social Responsibility 

 

 

SUBJECT:

 

Draft Resolution No. 3618: Briefing on the Port‟s Small Business Program  

 
 

SYNOPSIS 
 

The Commission is being briefed on draft Resolution No. 3618, which outlines the components 
of an enhanced Small Business Program (formerly called the Small Business Initiative).  The 
Resolution includes updated definitions, data, policies and tools to support this Program.  Port 
staff will return to Commission in June for First and Second Reading of the Resolution. 

BACKGROUND AND STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES 

The objective of the Small Business Program is to promote the utilization of small businesses in 
the overall economy of the region.  The Small Business Program further seeks to support the 
Port‟s economic interest and social responsibility to encourage competition within the supply 
chain and to increase the pool of qualified small businesses through expanding outreach and 
opportunity to a broader pool of small firms.  The Office of Social Responsibility (OSR) is 
engaged in and supporting many efforts to enhance growth and capacity of local small 
businesses.   
 
The Small Business Initiative was established in 2003 with the adoption of Port Resolution 3506, 
to provide guidance in the solicitation and use of small, minority, women enterprises, and 
emerging small businesses as vendors, suppliers, contractors and consultants across all Port 
operations.  There was a 10% small business goal on all goods and services and annual targets 
were set by the CEO.  The Initiative was a race- and gender-neutral small business program in 
the aftermath of the passage of Initiative-200. 
 

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