State of Minnesota Procurement News - January 26, 2016

State of Minnesota Procurement News - From the Office of Equity in Procurement

January 26, 2016

Hello from the Office of Equity in Procurement

Photo of Office of Equity in Procurement Team

The Office of Equity in Procurement team, pictured left to right above: Tammy Gaglioti, Babatope Adedayo, Sheila Scott, Dorothy Lovejoy, Alice Roberts-Davis, and Aaron Anderson. Not pictured: Mai Kia Vang.

Welcome to the first of many email announcements from the Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP). In the days ahead, we will use this forum to periodically share important news and information related to State of Minnesota procurement and the efforts of our office. In the meantime, learn more about OEP and stay connected with us at're excited to work with you! 

Why am I receiving this newsletter? This inaugural issue is being shared with Admin's full directory of certified small businesses, in addition to those who have requested to receive OEP communications. To opt out or control what communications you receive going forward, click the "Manage Subscriptions" link at the bottom of this email.


A New Way to Keep up With Procurement Opportunities

Check out OEP's other new publication, the Weekly Opportunities Report, for a quick sample of purchasing and contracting opportunities with the State of Minnesota! The OEP team specially gathers these opportunities for Minnesota's Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged, and Veteran-Owned small businesses. Don't miss a good opportunity for your business -- subscribe to receive it in your inbox each week and let us know if you have questions or feedback to share!


Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE - Opportunity Fair with the Office of Equity in Procurement

Photo of Veteran at Recruiting Event

Join us on Monday, March 7, 2016 for a State of Minnesota Opportunity Fair! This is your chance to meet with buyers and representatives from around state government and talk about potential purchasing and contracting opportunities for your business. More details, including registration info, will be posted online soon. Stay tuned! 

Constructing Success 2016

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota (AGCM) is holding its "Constructing Success 2016" event on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. The day-long event will feature workshops, training, and networking with industry professionals. The Department Admin will be one of many participants from the State of Minnesota. The registration deadline is Friday, February 19. Learn more and register at


Call for Interviews

The Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP) is seeking interview subjects for a short informational video about State of Minnesota procurement. The video will help new businesses navigate our certification programs and do business with the state. You can help! 

Tell us about your experience purchasing and contracting with the State of Minnesota (and more specifically with the state's certification programs). We want to hear about your success stories, lessons learned, and tips for others just getting started. To inquire about scheduling an interview, contact us at