Metropolitan Council Underutilized Business Program (MCUB)

Small Business Program for Locally Funded Projects & Procurements

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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:

  • At least 10% of all procurement of goods and services

  • At least 14% of all construction and professional technical contracting

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 Select

The Metropolitan Council has implemented a sheltered market solicitation process called MCUB Select. The MCUB Select Program is intended to reduce barriers and increase utilization of MCUB firms that do business with the Council.

The Council will apply a sheltered market solicitation process (MCUB Select) when at least three (3) small, targeted group businesses, designated under Minnesota Statutes section 16C.16, or three (3) veteran-owned small businesses designated under Minnesota Statutes section 16C.16 are likely to bid.

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