If you want your business to be eligible to count towards Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) inclusion goals on larger City contracts, you must first receive certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (e.g. woman or BIPOC owned firms). Only certified firms count towards SUBP compliance goals and will be promoted for that purpose by the City.
The Minnesota Unified Certification Program (MnUCP) certifies businesses as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. You can learn more about the certification process and requirements, and start your DBE application, on the MnUCP website.
If you need assistance completing the application, please visit the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) site for a list of organizations that provide free certification application assistance.
Equity and inclusion programs for smaller contracts
To learn more about City spending with smaller firms on smaller City contracts (under $175,000 - too small to qualify for the SUBP program), or to participate, click on the link below.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 3
The Contract Compliance Division certifies businesses and residents for Section 3 status.
Download Business Application for Section 3