MN Transition Coalition News - September 19, 2022

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State Purchasing Power and Economic Prosperity in North Minneapolis

 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
 Open - 80 places remaining
 10/10/2022 5:00 PM (CDT)
 No Fee

 Tammy Gaglioti (651) 201-2430
 University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411

 Certifcation, Government Contracting, Selling to Government, Small Disadvantaged Businesses

Join the Department of Administration’s Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for a program highlighting the state’s efforts to reduce disparities and empower small diverse businesses in state contracting. Planned topics include:

  •          an overview of diverse business utilization in North Minneapolis;
  •          an introduction to state contracting, certification, and the benefits of certification; and
  •          highlights from state agency leaders on the state’s equitable procurement efforts.

Staff from OEP and PTAC, as well as invited community resources, will be on hand to answer your questions.


2022 Equity Summit - Veteran Entrepreneurs

 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
 11/9/2022 9:00 AM (CST)
 No Fee

 Tammy Gaglioti (651) 201-2430

 Government Contracting, Selling to Government, Small Disadvantaged Businesses

Join the Department of Administration’s Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as we host a series of targeted Equity Summits in 2022. Continuing the webinar series on November 9 at 9:00am will be our 2022 Equity Summit for Veteran Entrepreneurs.

Agenda items include:

  • An overview, by Admin’s Commissioner, Alice Roberts-Davis, of the state’s efforts in utilizing Veteran-owned businesses in state contracting.
  • A buyer panel to discuss the state’s acquisitions and professional/technical contracting processes, where to find opportunities, what can businesses do to stand out/become successful in government contracting.
  • Best practices for engaging buyers/contract coordinators at state agencies, including tips on how to show agencies that your company can offer solutions to their procurement/contracting needs, creating an effective capabilities statement.
  • The benefits of becoming certified in the state’s Small Business Procurement Program.
  • Who to contact for assistance with your contracting questions?

Registration Policies:

Registration and Fees: Payment of seminar fees may be made by check, money order or credit card. Payment must be received to guarantee your space in an event.

Refund Policy: If you wish to request a refund, please contact the conference organizer listed above to discuss. You may also elect to send a substitute in your place. If the event is cancelled, all fees will be returned.

Special Accommodations: In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and state law, you may request accommodations due to a disability by contacting the event organizer listed above. Advance notice may be necessary for some accommodations. Registration must be paid prior to accommodation requests.


Free Members Workshop

Victim Services / Restorative Justice Overview

October 21, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration will close at 4 p.m. 2-days before event. Zoom information will be emailed to attendees upon registration confirmation and 2 days before the event after registration has closed.

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Registration will close at 4:00 p.m. 2 days before event

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Minnesota experienced record drug overdose deaths in 2021, and too many friends, family members and neighbors are struggling with addiction. Your input is needed to improve Minnesota's substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system and save lives.

In the coming months, several partners will join forces to host an SUD Shared Solutions Summit where participants will begin work on a three-to-five year strategic action plan to improve Minnesota's SUD system. To help inform the planning of this summit, partners are hosting two facilitated listening sessions on Oct. 12, 2022, to identify and better understand opportunities, needs, gaps and bottlenecks in Minnesota’s SUD system.

What: Listening sessions to help inform upcoming Minnesota SUD Summit

When: Two sessions on Oct. 12, 2022; one from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and one from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Virtual on Webex

Who's invited: Substance use disorder professionals, mental health professionals and social service workers (including organizations whose members reflect religious, spiritual and secular pathways of recovery), and individuals and families affected by substance use disorder

Who's hosting: The listening sessions and forthcoming summit are a collaborative effort between Project Turnabout, Niyyah Recovery Initiative, Turning Point, The Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health, the American Indian Chemical Dependence Advisory Council, Alluma, Minneapolis College, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor's Office.

The interactive listening sessions will begin with a panel of experts providing an overview of the status of several important areas related to SUD services, such as: prevention, access to services, rural health disparities, racial and ethnic disparities, finance strategies, workforce opportunities, and more.  Participants will be asked to give feedback on these issues, and to offer ideas for content at the SUD Shared Solutions Summit, share legislative ideas, and generate enthusiasm and a call for action related to the upcoming summit.

Registration is required for the listening sessions.

Your feedback will help shape the upcoming summit, a shared vision for Minnesota's response to SUD and the plan to help Minnesota achieve that vision.

If you have questions about the listening sessions or next year's summit, please email







Organizations Serving Veterans Encouraged to Apply for Grants

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) announces the opening of the application period for “SOT Grants” available to qualified organizations that support Minnesota Veterans. The grant application period is open September 12 through October 7, 2022 at 4 p.m. SOT grant applications may be submitted any time during this period.

MDVA launched the Support Our Troops (SOT) grant program in 2016. The grants are financed from sales of the Minnesota "Support Our Troops" License Plates. Minnesota organizations with programs designed to “support and improve the lives of Veterans and their families” may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.

The SOT grant application is available on the MDVA website at during the open grant cycle. Detailed instructions for how to apply are outlined in the application.

Interested organizations may also sign-up here to receive alerts for future grant applications periods.



Crisis Housing Assistance Program

The Crisis Housing Assistance Program pays up to 90 days of housing assistance for people of low or moderate income with serious mental illness who require inpatient or residential care for stabilization. The Minnesota Department of Human Services contracts with Arc Minnesota to provide equitable statewide access to the Crisis Housing Assistance Program.

Arc Minnesota accepts online and physical applications for the Crisis Housing Assistance Program. Online applications are submitted through the Crisis Housing Assistance Program webpage.  Paper application may be requested by calling Wendy Gerlach at 952-915-3698. An individual may apply directly or authorize an “assisting agent” – such as a county or tribal worker, non-profit social service staff, or legal authority – to help them apply for funding through the Crisis Housing Assistance Program.