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What is the Minnesota Unified Certifed Program?
The Minnesota Unified Certificaion Program (MnUCP) was established to provide a "one stop shop" for businesses who want to apply for certification as a Disadvantaged Bussiness Enterprise in thestate of Minnesota. Once a business is certified with one MnUCP certifying agency, it is certified with all of them. The current certifyng agencies are:
- Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Metropolitan Airports Commission
- Metropolitan Council
- The City of Minneapolis
To find out more information about the Minnesota Unified Certified Program visit MNUCP.org
What is the definition of a Certified Small Business enterprise?
To be considered a Certified Small Business enterprise, the business must:
- Be an independent for-profit enterprise providing a commercially useful function.
- Have their principal office in the Twin City Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Not have gross revenues in excess of small business standards as established by the Minnesota Department of Administration.
Do I need a small business certification to participate in the Small & Underutilized Business Program (SUBP)?
Yes, your company must be certified to participate in the SUBP. Qualifications to become certified depends on the type of business, it’s gross revenue, and it’s location. For more information or an application, go to MNUCP.org.
Where do I get a SUBP certification application and whom can I contact with questions?
For a Small and Underutilized Business certification application, or if you have any questions, contact our certification agent:
Applications can be found on the MnUCP website at MNUCP.org
For Business Assistance Programs go to sprccontracts.ci.stpaul.mn.us. On the right side of the page will be City of Minneapolis contact information .
What benefits will I receive from participating in the SUBP?
Once certified, here are a few of the benefits you will receive :
- Access to group training on topics, such as: how to do business with the public sector, how to do business with the private sector, general business skills (e.g., management, and marketing), and other information sessions.
- Access to relationship-building activities including; matching businesses for joint ventures, partnerships, prime contractors with subcontractors, and vendors with suppliers.
- Access to a resource directory, which will include referrals to financial, bonding and accounting assistance.
What are examples of resources provided by the SUBP?
Here are a few examples of the type of information available to you:
- Bidding opportunities in construction and commodities with the City
- Business opportunities in personal and professional services with the City
- Information on educational seminars
- Lists of government resources useful to businesses.
The mission of the Small & Underutilized Business Program is to encourage and foster the economic development and expertise of small business, including those owned by women or minority persons, by addressing barriers to their success and promoting their opportunity to participate in the commerce of the City of Minneapolis and the regional economy.
Last updated Sep. 17, 2012