Hennepin County

Who We Are
Small Business Program contacts for the three jurisdictions

Vendor Lists

To obtain a copy of the most updated CERT business list, please go to the City of St. Paul's CERT website: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/human-rights-equal-economic-opportunity/contract-compliance-business-development/central. From there, scroll down to the heading "CERT Business List." To do a keyword search in the PDF document, please hit "Control + F" and a search bar will appear.


Online (new applications and renewals)

Paper applications are no longer accepted.

Eligibility Criteria

Small Business Size Standards

CERT System

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• Apply for Certification

• Contact Us & Support
• Forgot Password
• Account Lookup
• Help/First Time Users

The CERT System provides an easy way for eligible small, minority, and woman owned business to apply for and manage certifications. This web-based software system replaces the cumbersome paper application and supporting documents with an online process that saves time for businesses and CERT Program staff.

Extended Term Program Overview & Guidelines
Important Update - Activation of Extended Term Program and CERT Program Adoption of SBA Size Standards
CERT Collaborative Resolution 2014
APPLICABLE SIZE STANDARD: Attachment A-August 7, 2012 MMD Small Business Size Standards
CERT Collaborative Resolution December 2014-Extended Review Period
CERT Resolution New Size Standard and Provisional Status

Processing time for applications can take approximately 90 days. Please hold any inquiries regarding the status on the processing until such time.

CERT and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Expanding Access to Credit Event

In 2014, the CERT Program and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis partnered to host events considering the financial challenges small businesses face when working on public or private projects and began the discussion of meaningful solutions for businesses interested in government contracting. View the video.

The CERT System is powered by B2Gnow Software.