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Certified Small Business Support Services Reimbursement Program

What is it?

The Certified Small Business Support Services Reimbursement Program is a micro-grant program for certified small businesses who are seeking financial assistance for eligible expenses that increase their business capacity and industry knowledge so they can pursue work on Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) projects or contracts.

The goals of the Certified Small Business Support Services Reimbursement Program are to:

  • Build and improve the capacity and capabilities of certified small businesses to expand expertise
  • Acquire business capacity and industry knowledge needed to bid and be awarded MnDOT contracts

Who qualifies? 

For purposes of the Certified Small Business Support Services Reimbursement Program, a certified small business is a small business that has been certified through either MnDOT OCR’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program or the Minnesota Department of Administration’s Targeted Group/Economically Disadvantaged/Veteran-Owned (TG/ED/VO) Small Business Procurement Program.

Select the information below for more about either certification program:

Additionally, the certified small business must meet the following requirements:

  • Certified small business firm home’s state must be Minnesota;
  • Certified small business must work in Minnesota;
  • Certified small business work must be working on or seeking work on MnDOT projects and/or contracts;
  • Certified small business must be actively pursuing work (submitting bids for MnDOT projects; attended MnDOT Meet & Greet events; graduates of MnDOT Support Services Programs; have a Business Plan), is working on or have worked on MnDOT construction projects;
  • Certified Small Business Owner or Employee (only one employee is eligible per year):
  • Employee must be employed by the certified small business firm for at least one (1) year; and
  • Must be named on file as a “Key Employee”
  • At the time of the proposal submission,  
  • At the time training or assistance takes place,
  • Key Employee is a staff at the management function level; and
  • Key Employee must be in the qualifying position at the time of the proposal submission and at the time of the training.

Where can I find more information?

View the full RFP and application (PDF)