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The City of Minneapolis Procurement office manages the purchasing of products and services for the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. To learn about buyer categories, vendor registration requirements, and formal and informal bid processes, check out the Procurement Office webpage.
Target Market Program
The Target Market Program is aimed at expanding opportunities for historically underutilized small businesses and stimulating local economy through increased economic opportunities in the City’s marketplace. Under the Target Market Program, qualified small businesses will have the ability to respond alongside other similarly situated small businesses for City contracts up to $100,000 instead of competing against larger, more established companies.
Businesses that meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Target Market Program:
- Size standards: In the most recently completed 3 fiscal years,* your business did not exceed the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards** AND the gross receipts/sales of your business did not exceed the Target Market Program threshold for your industry. (If you have been in business for less than three years, the annual gross receipts will be averaged over the period of time that you have been in business). The size thresholds for the industry categories are: Construction $10 million or under; Manufacturing Operations $5 million and under; Professional/Technical Services $5 million and under; Retail Operations $3 million and under; Service Operations $3 million and under; Wholesale Operations - $4 million and under.
- Principal place of business: Your principal place of business*** is located within the 13-county metro area (Minnesota counties of Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, and Wright).
- Independently owned and controlled: Your business is independently owned and controlled. Whether the business is independently owned and controlled is indicated by the absence of control or influence of a non-SBE. The business must be free of such items as shared personnel, facilities, equipment, financial, or other resources with a non-SBE. Processing multiple SBEs under one business name with shared management, personnel, facilities, equipment, financial, or other resources is prohibited.
- For-profit: Your business is a for-profit business.
- Commercially useful function: For the contract opportunity to which your business will be responding, your business will be the one actually performing, managing, and supervising the work involved. Acting as a conduit to transfer funds to another business does not constitute a commercially useful function unless it is a normal practice of a particular industry.