As used in these rules, the following terms shall have the following definitions, unless the context requires otherwise:
“Agency” means the Oregon Business Development Department.
“COBID” means the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity in the Oregon Business Development Department.
“Commercially Useful Function” or “CUF” means function the firm performs when it is responsible for execution of the work of the contract and carries out its responsibilities by actually performing, managing, and supervising the work involved. The firm must also be responsible, with respect to materials and supplies used on the contract, for negotiating price, determining quality and quantity, ordering the material, and installing (where applicable) and paying for the material itself. 49 CFR § 26.55(c)(1) (e-CFR 2015 Edition)
“Contribution” means a real and substantial contribution of money, tangible personal assets, and expertise to acquire ownership interest in the firm. A contribution is not a promise to contribute, an unsecured note payable to the firm or an owner who is not a disadvantaged individual, or mere participation in a firm’s activities as an employee.
“Control” or “controlled” means that operational and managerial control of all aspects of the business is true, real, and exercised by one or more socially disadvantaged individual(s) as further defined in 49 CFR § 26.71 (2013 Edition).
“Disadvantaged Business Enterprise” or “DBE” means a business that meets the eligibility standards for participation in United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally-funded projects set out in 49 CFR parts 23 and 26 (2013 Edition).
“Independence” or “Independent” means the business is not dependent upon any non-disadvantaged, non-minority or non-woman owned firm.
“Management Control” or “Management” means that the applicant has responsibility for the critical areas of business operations and has the demonstrated ability to make independent and unilateral business decisions needed to guide the future of the business.(10)”Minority” means a person who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and who is one of the persons described in (a) through (f) below.
Black American includes persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa;
Hispanic American includes persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish or Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race;
Native American includes persons who are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians;
Asian-Pacific American includes persons whose origin is from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Samoa, Guam, the United States Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia, or Hong Kong;
Subcontinent Asian Americans includes persons whose origins are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands, Nepal, or Sri Lanka;
Any additional groups whose members are designated as socially disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration and/or as designated under 49 CFR Part 26 (2013 Edition).
Other minority group membership as established by the applicant. Membership is based on evidence provided by the applicant to support the applicant’s claim he or she is a member of a minority group and the particular minority community recognizes the individual to be a member of the community. It is in COBID’s discretion to determine if the applicant’s claim is valid. If the minority community does not exist in Oregon, the burden of proof shifts to the applicant to prove he or she is a socially and economically disadvantaged individual.
“Ownership” or “Owned” has the meaning set out in 49 CFR § 26.69 (e-CFR 2015 Edition).
“Public agency” or “agency” means every government officer, board, commission, department, institution, branch or agency of the government, whose costs are paid wholly or in part from funds held in the federal, state, county, or city treasury.
“Principal place of business” means the place where the firm directs, controls, and coordinates its primary, high-level business activities; the address the firm uses to file Federal income taxes. If the firm uses a P.O. Box, the COBID may request additional documentation to verify location.
“Service Disabled Veteran” or “SDV” means a veteran who possesses either a disability rating letter issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, establishing a service-connected rating between 0 and 100 percent, or a disability determination from the United States Department of Defense. 38 CFR § 74.1 (e-CFR 2015 Edition)
“Small Business” means a small business as defined pursuant to 13 CFR part 121 (e-CFR 2015 Edition). A small business shall not include any concern or group of concerns controlled by the same socially disadvantaged individual or individuals that have average annual gross receipts over the previous three fiscal years (including its affiliates) that exceed the cap as established yearly by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Firms seeking certification must also meet the business and NAICS size standards set yearly by the SBA.
The COBID will utilize federal tax information, submitted by the applicant along with new applications, No Change Statements, and certification review applications, to determine annual gross receipts for the business.
“Socially Disadvantaged Individuals” means individuals who are minorities, women, service disabled veterans or any other individuals found to be disadvantaged by the SBA pursuant to Section 8(a)(5) of the Small Business Act and has the meaning set out in 49 CFR § 26.67 (e-CFR 2015 Edition).