Vendor & Supplier Opportunities

Minnesota State is the fourth largest system of higher education in the United States, serving nearly 375,000 students and employing more than 16,000 faculty and staff each year. We continually seek vendors to fulfill purchasing and contracting needs for our 37 colleges and universities on 54 campuses acrosss 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 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 opportunites 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

  • It is Minnesota State's policy to bid any good or services that cost $50,000 or more. Competeitive bidding allows Minnesota State to properly survey the marketplace and purchase goods and services as well as ensures it is in complaint with federal, state, and Minnesota State regulations. Once you have received a request for bid or proposal, carefully review the requirements as 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 of current projects. Registering and/or submitting a proposal does not guarantee selection.

Please check back for future opportunities...

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.