Certification for Contractors
Contractors who can get certified with the city Vendor Outreach Program (VOP) and Section 3 Program will greatly increase their ability to be awarded bids since the city has requirements for using certified contractors on the NSP projects. Contractors who are not yet certified with Section 3 and the VOP (small-, minority-, and women-owned business enterprises) and already have an affirmative action plan in place can contact:
1. Vendor Outreach Program (VOP)
: Tisidra Jones
VOP is a member of the CERT Program, a central certification program for the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, City of Minneapolis, and Hennepin County. Certification is available for small businesses- (SBE) , minority- owned businesses- (MBE) and / or women-owned business enterprises (WBE). Directories and application forms are available on the CERT Program website: www.govcontracts.org
2. Section 3 Certification
: David Gorski 651-266-8900
- Section 3 Forms
- City of Saint Paul and HRA Section 3 Plan Form
- Certification Form for Business Seeking Section 3 Status
- Certification Form for Individuals Seeking Section 3 Resident Status
3. Affirmative Action: Yia Thao, 651-266-8900
An active Affirmative Action Plan is required. It is good for 2 years, then renewal is needed.
Preparing to bid
Bids are only accepted from general contractors. If you are a subcontractor you'll need to submit your bid to a general contractor bidding on the project.
Contractors should be familiar with:
Please contact Sarah Zorn at or 651-266-6570 to be notified of upcoming bid opportunities.