Business, Workforce, and Employment Resources
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.
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
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
585 Fuller Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55103
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
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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.
Workforce Development Manager
Adam T. Real-Banas
Project Manager, Construction Training
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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
Business Training Program Coordinator
1516 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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
Consulting & Financing Services
Loan Program Manager
250 Second Avenue South
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
Director of Training & Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Lending
663 University Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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.
1360 University Avenue W.
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
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
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
Transportation Programs Manager
375 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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.
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:
- African Economic Development Solutions, Tel. 651-646-9411, Email
- American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Tel. 651-917-0819; Fax 651-917-0804; Email
- Asian Economic Development Association, Tel. 651-222-7798; Email
- Association of Women Contractors (AWC), Tel. 651-489-2221; Fax 651-489-0213; Email
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Tel. 651-649-1109; Fax 651-649-1112
- Metro Area Small Contractors Alliance (MASCA), Tel. 612-492-1094; Email
- Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Tel. 612-877-2117; Email
- Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, Tel. 651-224-4320; Fax 651-777-7065
- National Association of Minority Contractors: Upper Midwest Chapter, Tel. 612-627-9038; Fax 612-627-9052; Email
- North Central Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC), Tel. 612-465-8886; Fax 612-465-8887; Email:
- SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Tel: 612-716-8975; Email
- Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunities Council (SADBOC), Tel. 612-713-7200; Fax 612-713-7203; Email:
- Small Business Administration: Minnesota District Office, Tel. 612-370-2324; Fax 202-481-0139
- Women Venture, Tel. 651-646-3808; Email
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.