Upcoming Contracting, Small Business Training, and Open House Opportunities - Section 3

Below are contracting opportunities with regional Section 3 agencies.  These projects have goals of 10% contracting with Section 3 businesses, 3% of contracting with professional services, and 30% of Section 3 new hires where available.  Please reach out to them if you are interested in participating.    

Contracting Opportunities





MPHA 2020 Major Projects Please see attachments

Emily VanPatter evanpatter@mplspha.org


Major Projects 2020

Frerichs Projects - January 2020

Duplex - 2015 23rd Ave. South

Three-Unit Rowhouse - 1600 Penn Ave North


1407 - 409 Maryland Ave. West Development

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity


Deadline - January 28, 2020

Project Manager, Jonathan Birkholz 612-305-7168

Wanda Coss 612-305-7160 for bid materials.


Description: This project is a new construction single family home. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is looking for qualified companies to bid on: ● Earthwork ● Rain Gutters ● Plumbing ● Concrete ● Drywall Finishing ● HVAC ● Roofing ● Carpet ● Electrical

Project Start: The project will begin late March 2020. See the Project Specification for start dates for each type of work.

Requirements: This is a federally funded project that must comply with all HUD requirements. Subcontractors on this project must comply with federal contract provisions including: Suspension and Debarment; Equal Employment

Opportunity; Minority Business Enterprise; Women Business Enterprise; and Drug Free Workplace. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, businesses owned by women or minorities are strongly encouraged to bid.

If you have questions regarding the Project specification or what to include in your bid after viewing the bid documents, please contact the project manager, Jonathan Birkholz, at 612-305-7168, or contact Wanda Coss (612-305-7160) for bid materials.

Bid Notification

Wage Decision

Davis Bacon Specifications

614 Oakdale Ave., St. Paul, MN 55107

Two Single Family Developments with the Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA)

Wednesday, February 12, 2019

Gail Marriam 651-292-0131 xt. 254


Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA), acting as General Contractor as NeDAHOME LLC, is seeking estimates and sub-contractor bids for 614 Oakdale, Saint Paul.

For the completion of work at these two houses at the above addresses. The Bid Submission forms are available online at Lunning Wende Associates dropbox account. The link is: 


All bids must be separate as per Division Sub Groups.  Bids are due no later than 4 PM, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.


Training Workshops, Capacity Building, and Open Houses






University of Minnesota Community Listening Session

Office for Business and Community Economic Development

January 29, 2020 2:00pm 0 4:00pm McNamara Alumni Center

Johnson Room

200 SE Oak St. Minneapolis, MN 55455

National Association of Minority Contractors 612-295-0600 Discuss personal experiences, challenges, and concerns with the University of Minnesota Construction Project Bids, A&E Proposals, and Goods and Services RFP's with the University's Leadership Team.


City of Saint Paul Procurement Fair


Thursday, January 30, 2020

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Arlington Hills Library 1200 Payne Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55130

Questions, please call 651-266-8903 or email - procurement@ci.stpaul.mn.us

To register: 


The Saint Paul Procurement Fair is a networking event to highlight the City of Saint Paul business and contracting opportunities for 2020.

See Flyer

**Opportunity to meet Departments and Buyers

**Hear about upcoming contracting opportunities

**Training on Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance

**Training on Minimum Wage


Info Session for DBE + MWSBE Showcase

Feb. 6, 2020 at 1:00pm


525 Park St. #110 Saint Paul, MN 55103

To RSVP, please visit:


The SHOWCASE is back for its ENCORE! Did you miss last year's event? Want a booth this time around? Join us for this DBE + MWSBE Information session to learn how YOU can be in the spotlight!

Learn more about the Showcase and the opportunities available to DBEs, minority, women owned small businesses!  Find out about reserving your booth, how the 1on1 Connect-Up Matching will work, booth camp details, Networking Social event, and more!

For more information, call 612-295-0600

Foundations in Contracting Workshop

MN Department of Administration and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center

March 3, 17, and 31

Please see FLYER for full schedule and session descriptions.


Please contact Christina Nebel-Dickerson at Christina.Nebel-Dickerson@state.mn.us or (651) 201-2629.


This series was developed for the small business vendor that is new to the government marketplace. We intend to walk you through the steps to build

your foundation so that when you submit a proposal or bid, you are knowledgeable

in all facets of the contracting process, and confident in your response.


The Foundations in Contracting series is free, however, you are expected to commit to 3 full days over the course of one month. There will be some homework along the way to verify the topics are making sense and to ensure we are presenting in a manner that works for the business participant.

Construction Training Program - Neighborhood Development Center TBD for Spring 2020 Rob Taylor - training@ndc-mn.org or 651-379-8432

Please see FLYER.

This class is for aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow a business in the construction industry.

FORMAT: 6–8 p.m., one night a week

BONUS: 15 hours of free One-on-One Consultation

START: Taking applications for Fall 2019 (Sep/Oct)

LOCATION: 809 Incubator, Confererence room

CERT Certification and Local Government Contracting Workshop

City of Saint Paul


4th Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, July 24th from 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Rondo Community Library 461 North Dale St.  Saint Paul, MN 55103



Jef Yang



This workshop is important for local and disadvantaged businesses who are interested in contracting opportunities with local government - namely the City of Saint Paul, City of Minneapolis, Ramsey County, Hennepin County.  There are business opportunities worth thousands of dollars with these and other government contracting offices.  This is your chance to find out about them, meet contracting officers, and get in the door.  We can also help you with applying for the various types of certifications (Section 3 and Central CERT), and learn how these certifications can benefit your company.



Bidding & Estimating Workshops




Eastside Enterprise Center

804 Margaret Street

Saint Paul, MN 55106

Workshop is Free

Visit www.tfscorporation.com, then Click on the CONTACT  Button

Call 651-649-4714

E-mail  info@tfscorporation.com

Beginning September 7th, there will be 4 free Saturday workshops in


  • Sept. 7       Calculating Prevailing Wages, Benefits, and Payroll Taxes
  • Sept. 14     Estimating Overhead, Direct and Indirect C.O.G.S.
  • Sept. 21    Making Job Cost Adjustments, and Calculating Contingency Cost
  • Sept. 28    Competitive Bidding Strategies


Any Saint Paul Section 3, MBE, WBE, SBE, DBE, or VOSB businessimage with limited or no estimating and bidding experience.


  • Customizing and Using Computerized Estimating Software
  • Registering with St. Paul Supplier Portal and CERT Program, Section 3 and Other Certification  Programs
  • Developing Business Loan and Cash Flow Financial Projections