Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Disparity Study


2017 Joint Disparity Study

The City of Minneapolis supports an environment where all people and companies working with the City can compete for our business fairly, and the City strives to eliminate discrimination against women-owned and minority-owned business.  The disparity study will show whether or not there is a disparity between the availability of MBEs and WBEs located within the City’s marketplace and the utilization of those businesses.  The City’s Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) addresses the effects of past discrimination in contracting and promotes equal opportunities for all to participate in contracts generated by the City.  The City’s previous disparity study was completed in 2010 (see below).

The 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Administration, and brings together eight state and local government entities, leveraging their collective reach to conduct a stronger disparity analysis than each entity would be able to do on their own. The Disparity Study is being led by Keen Independent Research.


The following eight entities are participating:

The disparity study is anticipated to be completed by late 2017.


All questions and/or comments relating to the 2017 Disparity Study should be sent directly to the Minnesota Department of Administration.

2010 City of Minneapolis Disparity Study

The City of Minneapolis supports an environment where all people and companies working with the City can compete for our business fairly, and the City strives to eliminate discrimination against women-owned and minority-owned business. The City’s Small and Underutilized Business addresses the effects of past discrimination in contracting and promotes equal opportunities for all to participate in contracts generated by the City.

The City commissioned a Disparity Study to examine evidence that would support the continuation of Minneapolis’ Small and Underutilized Business Program and see whether any modifications of that plan would be beneficial. This study, which is now complete, supports setting goals for women and minority business participation in City contracts.

Last updated Nov 15, 2016