Oregon Statutes - Chapter 200 - Disadvantaged, Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business Enterprises - Section 200.110 - Mentor program; guidelines; eligibility.

(1) The Economic and Community Development Department may recognize the mentor relationship between contractors and minority business enterprises or women business enterprises certified under this chapter. The mentor relationship shall offer the opportunity to foster and encourage minority and women business enterprises, to expand the capacity of presently existing minority and women businesses and to offer the opportunity for less experienced minority and women businesses to gain training and assistance.

(2) Guidelines for eligibility for the mentor relationship include, but are not limited to:

(a) Minority and women business enterprises that meet the certification requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation are eligible for participation in a mentor program. Other minority and women business enterprises are also eligible if they meet the certification requirements of this chapter. An agency may grant approval of an enterprise application for certification concurrent with approval of a mentor arrangement.

(b) The minority or women business enterprise must be an independent organization, and the ownership by the individuals must be real. Other employment and business interests by the individuals are not precluded, if such employment or business interests do not conflict with the power of the minority or women owners to direct the management and policies of the minority or women enterprise to make day-to-day as well as major decisions on matters of management, policy and operations.

(c) The mentor program is intended to provide minority and women business enterprises with advice, assistance and training. The enterprise shall be responsible for management and operations of the business. The mentor shall not be responsible for the management of the firm. The mentor and the enterprise shall remain separate and independent business entities with the exception that facilities may be provided to the enterprise by the mentor if a separate lease agreement is maintained by the parties.

(d) Part ownership in a minority or women business enterprise by a nondisadvantaged party, including a mentor, is permitted if in compliance with 49 C.F.R. 23. Any property, equipment, supplies or other services which are sold, rented or donated to the enterprise and any investment made by nondisadvantaged individuals must be reported to the agency involved in the mentor program. Documentation shall be provided by bills of sale, lease agreements or similar documents.

(e) The mentor relationship may include an arrangement with an independent third party, such as a bank or accountant, to act as an agent. Third parties may receive progress payments for work accomplished by the minority or women business enterprise, made out jointly to the agent and the enterprise, and make payments, on behalf of the enterprise, to material suppliers or for federal and state payroll taxes.

(3) Types of assistance a mentor may provide to the minority or women business enterprise include:

(a) Financial assistance;

(b) Technical and management assistance;

(c) Equipment rental and use of personnel; and

(d) Bonding assistance. [1991 c.559 §2]

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