Minnesota State is the fourth largest system of higher education in the United States, serving 375,000+ students and employing 15,600+ 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. 

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 vendor opportunities listed 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.
  • Subscribe to the listserv to be notified of future opportunities. 

Competitive Bidding Process

  • 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.

Request for Bids (RFBs)

Click here to see a list of all construction bid opportunities. Then, from the list, click on a project to view, download and/or print its ad, plan holders, bid documents, and addenda. Interested vendors may view the bid documents at no cost, but there is a $10, non-refundable charge to download them.

Plan holders are parties who have downloaded the plans and specifications. Plan holders who download the plans and specifications may print them at their own expense. Paper copies are not provided. Only plan holders will be notified via email if an addenda is issued. Only plan holders will be allowed to bid on the project.


Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Anoka Ramsey Community and Technical College

RFP - ARCC Coon Rapids – ARCC/CR-19 – College Services and Library Renovation  - A/E and Interior Design

Mandatory information meeting:  Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 1:00PM at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids campus, room M-211

RFP responses due: June 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM

RFP – ARCC Coon Rapids – Various projects – Owner’s Representative

Mandatory meeting: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2:00PM at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids campus, room M-211

RFP responses due: June 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM


Pine Technical & Community College

RFP – PTCC Regional Workforce Training Modernization and Expansion Project – A/E and Interior Design

Mandatory information meeting:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm at PTCC, Room 113



 Request for Qualifications (RFQs

Saint Paul College

RFQ – East Tower Masonry Restoration and Window Replacement Project – Construction Manager
Mandatory information meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Paul College – Lower Level, Room L560
RFQ responses due: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 am
SPC East Façade Repair and Enhancement Predesign – Part One
SPC East Façade Repair and Enhancement Predesign – Part Two
SPC HEAPR Project East Tower Window Glazing Replacement Pre-design
AIA A133-2009 Contract
AIA A133-2009 Project Attachment
AIA A201-2017 General Conditions of the Contract
Addendum 1


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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.