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Vendor Outreach Program
Program Overview
Tisidra Jones
Manager, Business Inclusion & Business Compliance

15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
City Hall/Courthouse 280
Saint Paul, MN  55102

Ph: (651) 266-8904
Fx: (651) 266-8919

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

The City of Saint Paul Vendor Outreach Program (VOP) is a business assistance program aimed at helping woman-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses (WBE, MBE, SBE). Under the program, the City establishes annual goals and project-specific goals for purchasing from WBEs, MBEs and SBEs in a variety of products/service categories.

The majority of contracting opportunities are in the following areas, where goals may be set on individual projects:

  • City construction projects
  • PED/HRA development projects
  • Professional services 

Program staff also provides:
  • Referrals to technical and financial assistance
  • Information about the public contracting process
  • Other outreach activities

Program Eligibility & Certification
To be eligible for the Vendor Outreach Program, businesses must be certified through the CERT Program, which is a centralized certification process for the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and Hennepin County. 

Businesses must demonstrate that they are owned and controlled by women or minorities, or must meet certain revenue guidelines. Once certification documents have been approved, businesses are certified for all participating jurisdictions.  The online application, additional eligibility information and directories of certified businesses can be found on the CERT Program website.

Office hours for certification questions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m (Noon). To better assist our customers, we recommend that you contact us to set-up an appointment.

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