Hennepin County

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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 still accepted. However, we recommend the electronic application for faster submission and processing.

Eligibility Criteria

Small Business Size Standards

CERT System

Application for Certification

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Thank you for your interest in the CERT Program. The Central Certification (CERT) Program is a small business certification program, created to make it easier for businesses like yours to take advantage of a wide range of business opportunities throughout the local marketplace. By so doing, the Program seeks to promote market growth, increase competitiveness, and create jobs among participating businesses, as well as to improve the quality of life for area residents.

Rather than operating separate certification efforts, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and City of Saint Paul, are collaboratively sponsoring a "one-stop shop" for certification. Eligible business owners who want to be certified by any or all of the participating jurisdictions can submit a single, standard application to a central processing location. Each application received is then evaluated using a uniform set of certification criteria.

Participating businesses instantly boost their market exposure because they are included in a CERT directory. Participating businesses are also eligible to participate in various activities specifically for certified vendors sponsored by the four jurisdictions.

If you have any questions regarding the certification process, need assistance with completing the application, or would like more information regarding the CERT Program, please contact us at (651) 266-8900 or cert@ci.stpaul.mn.us).

Your participation in the CERT Program is greatly valued. Thank you for your efforts.

Hennepin County, Ramsey County, City of Saint Paul
CERT JPA Collaborative Executive Board

You are about to complete the on-line application for certification. Please select one option below. If you require technical assistance while completing the application, please contact customer support for fastest response. If you have any questions about the application or need help completing the form please contact us at (651) 266-8900 or cert@ci.stpaul.mn.us).

Potential applicants are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria prior to starting the application process.

This online application is only for CERT program certifications. If you are seeking to update information on your certification or renew a certification for a certification listed that is not a CERT certification (for example DBE), please contact the appropriate certifying agency

To continue, please select an option below:

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
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After logging in to your account, click the Apply for Certification link on the right side of the page or select View > My Certifications from the left menu.

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