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Vendors and Suppliers at Minnesota State

Minnesota State is the third-largest system of higher education in the United States, serving 340,000+ students and employing 15,000+ faculty and staff each year. We continually seek vendors to fulfill purchasing and contracting needs for our 33 colleges and universities on 54 campuses across the state, as well as the system office, including Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Bids (RFBs), Requests for Information (RFIs), and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs).

Our values extend beyond just finding a particular good or service for the best price. Rather, it's our intention to foster relationships with vendors who embrace price, quality, compliance, service, and speed and we encourage local, women, minority, veteran, and economically disadvantaged businesses to inquire. We appreciate your interest in doing business with Minnesota State!

New Vendors

Current Vendors

  • Review the current opportunities below. Interested vendors should submit their sealed responses, along with signed forms and accompanying materials by the listed deadlines to the appropriate individuals. Email quotes will not be accepted.
  • Minnesota State is committed to enhancing and optimizing business and contracting opportunities for historically under-utilized businesses. See requirements for Supplier Diversity.
  • Subscribe to the listserv to be notified of future opportunities.  


Minnesota State must bid any good or service that is $50,000 or more. Competitive bidding allows Minnesota State to properly survey the marketplace and ensures compliance with federal, state, and Minnesota State regulations. Once you have received a request for bid or proposal, carefully review the requirements. Late bids will not be considered.

Vendors are not permitted to solicit business on Minnesota State premises unless requested. Cold calls or dropping in are not permitted. We will contact vendors based on the need for current projects. Registering and/or submitting a proposal does not guarantee selection.

Check out RFP, RFB, RFI, RFQ opportunities below:

Request for Qualifications (RFQs)


Request for Bids (RFBs)

All Construction Bid Opportunities can be viewed at: Minnesota State QuestCDN Private Interface.

This includes RFP/RFQs for Online selection of Designers and Construction Managers for Construction Projects.

Construction documents may be viewed without charge. Bid documents can be downloaded for a non-refundable download delivery fee of $15.00 per project. Bidders pay $30.00 for On-line Submittals.

RFP/RFQs can be downloaded at no cost. The fee for RFP/RFQ submittals is $15 per project.

Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Central Lakes College / Brainerd West End Mechanical Architect /Engineer RFP
Refer to QuestCDN:  Minnesota State QuestCDN Private Interface.   QuestCDN project #8413964.

HVAC Maintenance & Technical Services for MSU, Mankato

Submission due: Tuesday, April 4, 2023, by 2:00 p.m. CST


Normandale Community College, Library Renovation, Owner's Representative RFP

Refer to Quest CDN ad:  

Quest CDN project #8425883.

There will be a mandatory informational meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Normandale Community College Campus, Room B1604.  Parking is free in South lot #1 or #2. 

Proposals due to Quest CDN on Tuesday, April 4th, 2:00 p.m.

Elevator Service and Repair for Normandale Community College

There will be a mandatory informational meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Normandale Community College Campus, Room B1604.  Parking is free in South lot #1 or #2. 

Submissions due: Monday, April 3, 2023 by 2:00 pm CDT

Air Conditioner Replacement for Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes Campus

Submission Deadline: April 4, 2023, by 3:00 p.m. CDT

Commercial Kitchen Hood Vent and Duct Cleaning for MSU, Mankato

Submission Deadline: April 20, 2023, by 2:00 p.m. CDT

Waste Management Services for Normandale Community Center

Submission Deadline: April 25, 2023, by 2:00 p.m. CDT





Markerless Motion Capture System for Southwest Minnesota State University

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023, by 3:00 pm CST

Procurement Methods

Several methods are used to select professional technical consultants based on project size, complexity, and specific requirements.
  • Direct Professional Contracts are generated from selected consultants if costs are less than $50,000.
  • Professional Technical Master Minnesota State IT Contract(s), currently only forensic services, may be used to provide services for a school using a work order template.
  • Facility Professional Technical Contracts
State of Minnesota Buy.IT Programs

  • MNSITE Master Contract Program: The State of Minnesota Department of Administration and the Office of MN.IT Services operate a program for state agencies and other local units of government to contract for professional IT-related consulting and staff augmentation services in a streamlined process.

Announcing NEW Sourcing Platform

Minnesota State has developed a new sourcing platform to simplify and modernize the way we work with suppliers. This platform offers full digital transformation, transparency, supplier engagement and an easily accessible online approach. While this site is still a work-in-progress, we are eager to announce share this new site and welcome vendors to check it out. Watch this 20-minute vendor training video to learn how to register and bid on opportunities.  If you have any troubles or feedback for the team, please let the procurement team know.

What's New?