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 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 of 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)

Property Appraisal Services
Proposals due Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by 5pm CST

Addendum 1
Addendum 2
Addendum 3
Addendum 4
Data File 1, all buildings with CRV greater than $5 million, organized by campus here
Data File 2, all buildings with CRV greater than $5 million here


St. Cloud State University
RFP Sherburne Hall Masonry Restoration and Window Replacement Project
Investigative Narrative
Investigative Drawings
Proposals due Thursday, October 11, 2018 by 3pm CST
Mandatory pre-proposal meeting and site visit is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm in Facilities Management Building, room 1021.

Winona State University
RFP for Clean Fleet Plan
Proposals due Monday, October 1, 2018 by 2pm CST

North Hennepin Community College
RFP Campus Center Envelope Restoration Architectural/Engineering Services
Proposals due Thursday, September 27, 2018 by 2pm CST
Pre-Design Report Update

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
RFP 18 Maajiigi Project - Architectural and Interior Design Services
Proposals due Monday, September 24, 2018 by 2pm CST
Addendum 1
Predesign prepared by BTR

Bemidji State University
RFP Furniture Programming and Procurement Services
Addendum 1
Addendum 2
Proposals due Friday, September 21, 2018 by 2pm

Minnesota State University, Mankato
RFP Comprehensive Facilities Plan or
www.mnsu.edu/fpurchas/ RFP #107712709 for details.
Proposals due Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Request for Qualifications (RFQs)

Normandale Community College
Proposals due Friday, October 5, 2018 by 2pm CST
RFQ-Classroom and Student Services Center-Construction Manager as Constructor (CMI)

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.