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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 15,300+ faculty and staff each year. We continually seek vendors to fulfill purchasing and contracting needs for our 37 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 Targeted Group Businesses.
  • Subscribe to the listserv to be notified of future opportunities.  

Announcing NEW Sourcing Website:

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. If you have any troubles or feedback for the team, please let the procurement team know.


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 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)

IHCC-20-Activities Building Roof Replacement
Inver Hills Community College
Quest CDN e-Bid #7742434

MANDATORY Virtual Pre-Proposal meeting on Thursday, April 15th at 8:30 a.m.
RFP Proposals due Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 p.m. – uploaded to Quest CDN.

Attachment 1: Affidavit of Non-Collusion
Attachment 2: Workforce Certificate
Attachment 3:  Not used
Attachment 4:  Preference Form
Attachment 5:  Veteran-Owned Preference Form
Attachment 6: A/E Certification Form

Pre-Design by Inspec dated November 22, 2019
ST.21 AE RFP Response Instructions
CC.20 Insurance Sample

Link to AIA A201 (CC.30), AIA B101 (ST.30) and B101 Project Attachment for Roofing (RM.21):
Minnesota State - eManual Version 2.0 for Vendors



MNSU-20 Trafton Building Envelope Improvements
Mankato State University
Quest CDN e-Bid #7682794

MANDATORY Pre-Proposal meeting onsite on Thursday, March 25th at 1:00 pm.
RFP Proposals due Friday, April 16th at 2:00 p.m. – uploaded to Quest CDN.

Attachment 1:  Affidavit of Non-Collusion
Attachment 2:  Workforce Certification
Attachment 3:  N/A
Attachment 4:  Preference Form
Attachment 5:  Veteran-Owned Preference Form
Attachment 6:  A/E Certification Form
Attachment 7:  MNSU Project Closeout
Attachment 8:  Trafton Link Pre-Design
Attachment 9:  Trafton WP Pre-Design

Addendum 1
Addendum 2

Link to AIA A201 (CC.30), AIA B101 (ST.30) and B101 Project Attachment (ST.31):
Minnesota State - eManual Version 2.0 for Vendors


MSUM Center for the Arts Chilled Water System Replacement
Minnesota State University Moorhead 

Mandatory information meeting Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:00am. Masks and RSVP are mandatory.
RFP submittals due Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:00pm.

Predesign by Obermiller Nelson Engineering
Attachment 1: Affidavit of Non-Collusion
Attachment 2: Workforce Certificate
Attachment 4: Preference Form
Attachment 5: Veteran-Owned Preference
B101 Project Attachment draft


RFP for Lawn Maintenance at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Deadline: Monday, April 26, 2021, by 2:00 pm

RFP for Grease Hood and Duct Cleaning Service at MSU Moorhead

Deadline: Wednesday, May 5, 2021, by 5:00 pm CST

Request for Qualifications (RFQs) 

WSU-21 Comprehensive Plan
Winona State University

Interested parties may access the RFQ and link to relevant documents through Minnesota State QuestCDN Private Interface 
Mandatory virtual meeting #1:  Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 AM
Attendance at mandatory meeting reunifies the consultant.
RFQ Submittal Due:  April 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM via QuestCDN.

Addendum 1

Addendum 2




Management Education Center Metro Baccalaureate Initiative
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Project documents can be downloaded at no cost at:

Minnesota State QuestCDN Private Interface

Proposals are due 10:00 AM CT Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

A mandatory RFQ informational meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2021, 10:00 am at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Management Education Center (MEC), New Harmon Building, Room M1100, 1300 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403.  Attendees can park on street or in the main parking ramp on Hennepin AveAll firms interested in this meeting should contact Roger T Broz, Project Manager, to confirm attendance.  The meeting will include a tour of the proposed project areas and a review of the scope of work.

All attendees will need to check in and fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire before given access to MEC M1100.   The COVID 19 self-assessment can be found at  Social distancing will be implemented.  Masks must be worn.

Click here for design and construction standards.


Master RFP for Mobile Devices, Mobile Device Damage and Theft Protection with Flexibility Leasing Options

Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021, by 2:00 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
  • ASAP-IT: The State of Minnesota Department of Administration and the Office of MN.IT Services have partnered to bring a fast and easy way to help state agencies and other government units eligible under the State’s cooperative purchasing venture (CPV) to secure IT professional services.
  • SITE 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.

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