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 of Police Conduct Review
(612) 673-5500

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

Small Underutilized Business Program

The Small and Underutilized Business Program (SUBP) ordinance, Chapter 423 of the City code is enforced by the Contract Compliance Division (CCD) of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. The SUBP ordinance is intended to redress discrimination in the City’s Marketplace* and create opportunities for Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs). The CCD assists in leveling the playing field in contracting by placing participation goals on City contracts.


SUBP goals are set for MBE and WBE participation on a contract-by-contract basis before the project or bid is advertised. The goals are set based on whether there are subcontracting opportunities and if there is an available pool of ready willing and able MBE/WBE subcontractors. MBE/WBE firms are certified through the Minnesota Unified Certification Program (MnUCP) to perform within the scope of services on that project. More information and applications are available online at Goals are set for the following:

The contracts are reviewed based on the above criteria prior to bid to determine project goals. Additionally, aspirational goals are placed on City Departments to increase participation by MBEs and WBEs in the City’s direct contracting in the NEW supplier diversity program.

Apparent low bidders are evaluated based on their efforts to include MBEs and WBEs prior to bid and/or their ability to meet the goals. If the goals are not met, a good faith efforts review is conducted to determine whether the contractor made a genuine attempt to include MBEs and WBEs in the bid process. If the goals are not met or the contractor has not made good faith efforts, the contract will not be recommended for approval. In order for a firm to receive the contract with the City, MDCR must first approve the project for award.

Minnesota Unified Certification Program (MnUCP)

MBEs and WBEs must be certified through the MnUCP for their participation to count toward the SUBP goals. MnUCP certification fosters local participation, increases market exposure, and creates access to additional opportunities with participating jurisdictions.

Certifying members: City of Minneapolis, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), Metropolitan Council, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

Non-certifying members: All other government entities in Minnesota that receive federal Department of Transportation funds

SUBP Eligibility Requirements

 Certification is valid for two (2) calendar years following the date of approval.

* Only firms that have their principal place of business located within the City's Marketplace will count towards meeting SUBP goals.  The City's Marketplace consists of the geographical area of the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright. 


Last updated Feb. 24, 2014