Doing Business with the City Guide

This guide for business owners explains how to get contracts and do work with the City.

What to know

The 22-page guide will help you understand:

  • How the City purchases goods and services 
  • The bidding process for business owners
  • Resources and programs to help you get contracts

It covers:

  • How the City aims to be inclusive of small, BIPOC- and women-owned businesses 
    • Small and Underutilized Business Program
    • Target Market Program
    • HUD Section 3 Businesses
  • Why do business with the City
  • Purchasing thresholds
    • Purchasing process based on contract size
    • Rules about paying workers fairly and having diverse teams 
  • Insurance and bonding requirements
  • Registering for bidding in eSupplier
  • Bidding and contracting
  • Planning ahead for successful bids
  • Business resource list

Doing Business with the City Guide

Contact us


Finance Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Avenue S., Room 310
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday