Business, Workforce, and Employment Resources

Community Partners

To help small businesses participate in public contracting opportunities, Contract Compliance works closely with numerous community partners that provide resources and training opportunities to local small businesses and residents.

Through the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP), Contract Compliance has partnered with the St. Paul Public Libraries to provide assistance for businesses navigating the city's compliance and procurement systems. Businesses needing technical assistance on city compliance systems can now visit Saint Paul Libraries for technical support. St. Paul Public Libraries also offers resume and computer skills classes.

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Sam Grant
Executive Director

Everybody In is a transformative hub created to eliminate racial employment disparities in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis seven-county region by 2020. Through dynamic super connector efforts, Everybody In unites equity thought leaders and resources throughout Minnesota.

Ramsey County Workforce Solutions


Workforce Solutions logo


Karyn Berg
Job Connect Program Manager

Ramsey County Workforce Solutions serves the business community and jobseekers in Ramsey County with workforce-related services. Workforce Solutions serves as the workforce agency for the City of Saint Paul and connects job seekers with training and employment opportunities through Job Connect. Additionally, Workforce Solutions, the Construction Hiring Connection is a construction-specific tool that Workforce Solutions has built. The Construction Hiring Connection connects construction job seekers with contractors and training schools for residents who are interested in a construction career.

Camphor Fiscally Fit Center


Karen Carey-Bonner
Program Manager

585 Fuller Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Phone: 651-226-9067

Camphor Fiscally Fit Center offers intensive financial literacy training to Saint Paul businesses and residents through their Financial Empowerment Workshop Series. It is aimed at serving Section 3 businesses as well as CERT-certified SBE, MBE and WBE companies. The program offers instruction on Business and Personal Budgeting, Understanding Credit, and information on Savings and Commercial Banking. There is a $100 up front cost, reimbursable upon successful completion of the program. Camphor also partners on the City's EMS Academy, providing financial literacy training aimed at young adults in the EMS Academy. Learn more about Camphor Fiscally Fit Center.

Construction Careers Foundation


Pat Wagner

Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651-554-0357

Minnesota construction employers and their trade management associations established the Construction Careers Foundation (CCF) in 2004 to align with and/or create educational opportunities for individuals to become aware of and enter in to a career path within the union construction trades industry. CCF provides the summer Under Construction Program (UCP) to St. Paul Section 3 youth, which is a paid hands-on construction experience. In addition to receiving construction related training, participating youth receive math, OHSA 10, Pro 10, apprenticeship credit and workplace readiness training and onsite safety tool instruction. They also receive career counseling from union apprenticeship coordinators who came to the worksite to talk about their specific trades, how to apply, and general job placement outlook. Learn more about the Construction Careers Foundation.

Goodwill/Easter Seals


Tom Gibson
Workforce Development Manager

Adam T. Real-Banas
Project Manager, Construction Training
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651-379-5997

Goodwill/Easter Seals (G-ESM) provides paid construction skills training to Saint Paul Section 3 residents. Through an innovative partnership with HREEO, Planning & Economic Development, and Urban Homeworks, G-ESM was able to double the size of their training program from 2012-2014. Participants in the G-ESM training program earn OSHA 10 credit, Continuing Education Credit from the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MNSCU), and paid construction training building single-family homes in the Frogtown Neighborhood of Saint Paul. G-ESM also brings a special focus to their service for Section 3 residents, focusing particularly on persons who are suffering from long-term unemployment, have a disability, or have a criminal record that may inhibit their ability to secure gainful, long-term employment. Additionally, G-ESM provides resources and training for participants to prepare for interviews, write resumes, and find jobs that will lead to a self-sustaining career. 

Latino Economic Development Center


Marisa Hernandez
Business Training Program Coordinator

1516 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: 651-395-4047

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a local Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) offering business development services to Section 3 and CERT-certified businesses, as well as businesses possibly eligible to participate in the State's Targeted Group Business (TGB) program, and the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. Learn more about the Latino Economic Development Center.

Metropolitan Economic Development Association


Jan Jordet
Consulting & Financing Services

Scott Ochsner
Loan Program Manager

250 Second Avenue South
Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: (612) 332-6332

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) is a local CDFI providing business development services to local small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Saint Paul and the broader metropolitan area. Specifically, MEDA coordinates the City of Saint Paul's Construction Partnering Program, which provides Saint Paul's CERT-certified small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses partnership opportunities with larger construction firms in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. MEDA also provides consulting services and technical assistance to CERT businesses, as well as Section 3, DBE, and TGB businesses. Learn more about MEDA.

Neighborhood Development Center


Kathy Moriarty
Director of Training & Chief Administrative Officer

Brian Singer
Director of Lending

663 University Avenue
Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651-291-2480
Fax: 651-291-2597

The Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) is a local CDFI offering financing, business development services, and technical assistance to Saint Paul Section 3 and CERT-certified businesses. Specifically, NDC has tailored their "Plan It" curriculum to offer industry-specific entrepreneur training to Section 3 construction contractors. NDC also offers low-interest working capital loans to small businesses to assist with start up costs and cash flow challenges for small businesses and construction contractors. Learn more about the Neighborhood Development Center.

ProBid, LLC


Dale White
Managing Partner

1360 University Avenue W.
Suite 104-349
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Phone: (612) 338-3234

ProBid is a private company offering business development services to local small, CERT-certified, Section 3, TGB and DBE companies. ProBid has trained over 1,100 Small Business Enterprises, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises and SBA 8(a) Certified Businesses by the Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the United States Small Business Administration. Learn more about ProBid, LLC.

Twin Cities RISE!


Scott M. Barr
Employer Services

460 Lexington Parkway
North Saint Paul, MN 55102

Twin Cities RISE! is a non-profit focused on providing Personal Development and On-The-Job Training for local low-income residents. Twin Cities RISE! has placed their participants with contractors on City of Saint Paul projects, securing paid on-the-job training for individuals seeking to learn job skills and start a career.

Urban City Construction & Training


Robert Lewis
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Phone: (612) 741-4641

Urban City Construction & Training (UCCT) provides Introductory Core Construction Skills Training to Saint Paul Section 3 residents. UCCT has developed relationships with several trades unions, including the Ironworker's Union and Carpenter's Union, to facilitate job placement for students who successfully complete the UCCT program.

YWCA Saint Paul


LaRohn Latimer
Transportation Programs Manager

375 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651-222-3741

The YWCA of Saint Paul provides job placement services for Saint Paul Section 3 residents, centered around a vigorous educational program preparing students for their Commercial Driver's License examination. The YWCA provides classroom preparation, behind-the-wheel training, construction training, and CDL exam preparation for its students. Upon completion, the YWCA continues to provide support services for job seekers, helping students prepare resumes, practice interviewing techniques, and handle on-the-job challenges from both technical and interpersonal perspectives. The YWCA has relationships with several trades unions and has successfully placed graduates of the program in gainful, long-term positions.

Learn more about the YWCA Driven to Succeed CDL program.

Local Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations

HREEO Contract Compliance works closely with local area chambers of commerce who provide networking and resources to local small business. Some of these chambers include:

Additional Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI's)

Community Development Financial Institutions are a great way for local small businesses to access capital when they are unable to work with more traditional revenue streams like large commercial banks.

View the website for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to locate a CDFI near you.