Minnesota Small Business Certification Portal

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Minnesota Unified Certification Program

The Minnesota Unified Certification Program (Mn/UCP) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)/ Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDE)  program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)  Parts 23 & 26. This means to participate as a DBE/ACDBE on contracts with funding through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a business must obtain this certification.  First time applicants need to fill out this application as required by 49 C.F.R. Part 26 or 23 respectively.

If you are certified as a DBE/ACDBE in your home state contact the appropriate Minnesota agency to become certified under the Interstate Certification Requirement.

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The Office of State Procurement (OSP)

The Office of State Procurement (OSP) operates a program for Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged and Veteran-Owned small businesses.
Businesses eligible to participate in this program must be Minnesota-based small businesses.

Targeted Group small businesses must be at least 51% owned by a woman, racial minority, or person with a substantial physical disability.  Ownership and operational control of the business by the targeted owner(s) is required.

Economically Disadvantaged small businesses must be located (or the owner must reside) in an Economically Disadvantaged Area in Minnesota.  

Veteran-owned small businesses must be at least 51% owned by a veteran or service-disabled veteran as determined by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.  Ownership and operational control of the business by the veteran owner(s) is required.

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The Central Certification (CERT) Program

The Central Certification (CERT) Program is a small business certification program recognized by Hennepin County, Ramsey County, the City of Saint Paul and the City of Minneapolis Target Market program.  The CERT Program includes certification for Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE).  Businesses eligible to participate in this program must be based in the following counties.

Minnesota:  Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, Wright
Wisconsin:  Pierce, St. Croix

To view more information regarding eligibility for these programs, click here.

For any or all of these certifications, please start the process by creating a company profile and complete your application online.