[Purchasing] [Purchasing Manual] Targeted Group/Economically Disadvantaged/Veteran-Owned Vendor Program
The Minnesota Department of Administration, Materials Management Division (MMD) operates a program for Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged or Veteran-Owned small businesses. Businesses must be registered with the State to be considered for preference. See here for details. Vendors eligible must be certified prior to the solicitation opening date and time to receive the preference.
Once certified, Targeted Group small businesses may be eligible for up to 6% preference in selling their products or services or bidding on construction projects to the state.
To be certified as an Economically Disadvantaged small business, the business must be located in an Economically Disadvantaged Area in Minnesota. These areas include labor surplus areas, as designated by the federal government, and low income counties in Minnesota. Economically Disadvantaged small businesses must be certified as such by MMD in order to participate in the program. Certified Economically Disadvantaged small businesses may be eligible for up to 6% preference in selling their products or services to the state, and may be eligible for up to 4% preference on construction projects.
Eligible and verified Veteran-Owned small businesses with their principle place of business in Minnesota may receive up to 6% preference when responding to solicitations issued by state agencies.
Once certified, Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged or Veteran-Owned vendors are added to the state's bid list, and are listed in the Directory of Certified TG/ED/VO Vendors. To get a list of vendors for the commodity you are requesting, contact extension 8-3136.