Central (CERT) Certification Program
About the CERT Program
The Central Certification (CERT) Program is a small business certification program recognized by Hennepin County, Ramsey County and The City of Saint Paul. The CERT Program includes certification for Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE).
We are committed to helping small businesses grow and thrive and, as a result of our commitment, this central system exists to assist small businesses, including those owned and operated by women and minorities.
The CERT Program seeks to promote market growth, increase competitiveness, and create jobs among participating businesses, as well as to improve the quality of life for area residents.
The City of Saint Paul currently serves as the contact point for the CERT Program. (The previous website govcontracts.org now redirects to this website.)
Get Certified – Apply Online
Apply for CERT Certification for your small business.
CERT Business List
Please click HERE to see a list the most current businesses that are certified as either Small, Woman-owned, Minority-owned Business Enterprise (S/W/MBE) or a combination of these certifications where applicable.
Access CERT Directory
Registration Required. Login, click “Search”>> then click “Certified Vendors” to search directory of CERT certified small businesses. Accessing the directory allows for searches, but does not have importing functionality.
Certification Application Forms
Monthly CERT Workshop at the Rondo Community Library
These monthly workshops are aimed at assisting the owners of established small businesses with Applying and/or Re-apply for CERT Certifications through a hassle-free, expedited process. The workshops are primarily for obtaining one-on-one assistance with your application.
As an added resource to small business owners, the CERT workshop will also have representatives from the City of St. Paul's Procurement Department, City of Minneapolis Procurement, Ramsey County and Hennepin County's Procurement Departments on hand to assist with registration for their online vendor portals and information about the bidding process for each respective organization. The St. Paul SCORE Program (business mentorship), LegalCORPS, US Small Business Administration's 8(A) Program, and City of St. Paul's Department of Safety and Inspections will also be present to provide resources and services.
These events happen on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Rondo Community Library, located at 461 Dale St. North, St. Paul, MN 55104. Times are 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. For any questions regarding these events please see FLYER or contact CERT at 651-266-8900.
New CERT Extended Term Program
The Extended Term Program extends the certification period for a recently graduated business that was previously CERT certified as a small (SBE), small woman-owned (WBE), and/or small minority-owned (MBE) business enterprise. The Extended Term Program is only available to Sector 23 “Construction” businesses. For detailed information about the Extended Term Program, please click on the following links:
- The Extended Term Program Overview & Guidelines
- The Extended Term Program Status Application
- Extended Term Program Mentor-Mentee Application & Sample Forms-Spring 2016