Metropolitan Council Underutilized Business Program (MCUB)
Small Business Program for Locally Funded Projects & Procurements
The Met Council receives funds from various Minnesota-based sources. The Metropolitan Council Underutilized Business Program (MCUB) is designed to engage and encourage the use of underutilized Minnesota-based small businesses for the Council's projects and procurements.
MCUB firms can do business with the Council in two ways:
Through procurements, selling products or services to the Council
Through projects, as a subcontractor working on the Council's projects
The Council has established these agency-wide MCUB purchasing goals:
Qualifying as MCUB
In order to qualify as an MCUB firm the business must be Minnesota-based and have an active certification from one of these programs:
Applying for DBE, Targeted Group or CERT Certification
The Minnesota Department of Administration has created a one-stop-shop certification portal for businesses that wish to submit an application for any of the three certifications listed above.
Directory of MCUB Firms
Firms with these active certifications will be listed in the MCUB Directory, which is updated monthly.
MCUB Participation Contract Goals for Locally Funded Projects
Project contracts will include MCUB participation goals if they meet the following three requirements:
The project is locally funded
There are opportunities for subcontractors
The contract value is more than $175,000
All bidders/proposers for projects with MCUB goals will be required to meet the MCUB goal percentage. If the bidder/proposers is not able to meet the goal they may receive a waiver from OEO based on their Good Faith Efforts (PDF).
MCUB Procurement Programs:
The Metropolitan Council has implemented MCUB procurement programs called MCUB Direct, Select, and Preference, which are intended to reduce barriers and increase utilization of MCUB firms that do business with the Council.
MCUB Direct — The Council will apply the micro level purchase process for a procurement up to $25,000 when one (1) small, targeted group business, designated under Minnesota Statutes section 16C.16, or one (1) veteran-owned small business designated under Minnesota States section 16C.16 is likely to bid.
MCUB Select — The Council will apply a sheltered market solicitation process for a procurement for goods or services of up to $175,000 when at least three (3) small, targeted group businesses, designated under Minnesota Statues section 16C.16, or three (3) veteran-owned small businesses designated under Minnesota Statues section 16C.16 are likely to bid.
MCUB Preference — The Council will provide a 6% evaluation preference for a procurement for goods or services between $25,000 and $175,000, solicited via request for quote or invitation for bid, when one (1) small, targeted group business, designated under Minnesota Statutes section 16C.16, or one (1) veteran-owned small business designated under Minnesota States section 16C.16 is likely to bid.
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