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Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP)

The Office of Equity in Procurement helps ensure greater equity in state contracting and construction. It promotes opportunities to do business with the state, and provide assistance to small businesses owned by women, minorities, people with substantial physical disabilities, and veterans as they seek state contracts.

The office helps state agencies be leaders in equal employment opportunities, equal contracting opportunities, and full participation in civic life for all Minnesotans.

More than 1,000 small businesses are certified as veteran-owned, economically disadvantaged, or targeted group businesses in Minnesota based on the business's ownership by woman, minority, person with a substantial physical disability, or by its location in an economically disadvantaged area.

Small Business Certification

Navigate the state's certification program for businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and those from economically disadvantaged areas.

Certified Business Directory

Explore the state's directory of certified businesses via our searchable database or download the entire directory in list form.

Solicitation Announcements

Track solicitations for goods and services, construction contracts, and professional/technical service contracts, as well as other public postings.

About the Office

Learn more about the Office of Equity in Procurement and connect with members of the team.

Training and Events

MN OEP training and upcoming events.


Check out reports, brochures, email newsletters, hyperlinks, and other resources created and curated by the Office of Equity in Procurement team.

Request OEP Assistance

Sign up for one-on-one counseling assistance with state government certifications, contracting, and more.
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