New online contract compliance system
Vendors must now use the online contract compliance system.
The online system replaces the paper and email process vendors used before.
Affirmative Action Program
Affirmative action requirements go into effect for contractors with one or more non-construction contracts totaling over $100,000 and who have over 30 employees. Contractors must either submit evidence (a letter or certificate of compliance) of an approved affirmative action plan from another government jurisdiction or develop an affirmative action plan and keep it on file at the contractor’s facility. Contractors with an affirmative action plan must also submit a workforce analysis form to Purchasing and Contract Services.
Hennepin County requires contractors with a construction contract over $100,000 to submit a completed construction affirmative action plan for approval prior to contract award. Certain road and bridge construction projects, because of funding sources, have State of Minnesota Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements instead of Hennepin County Affirmative Action and Small Business requirements.
Small Business Enterprise program
Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goals might apply for contracts exceeding $100,000, based on the opportunity for subcontracting and small business availability to work on the project. For contracts that include an SBE goal, contractors must meet the goal or demonstrate, through written documents, that they made a good faith effort to meet the goal.
Certified small businesses
Only the use of small businesses that are certified as small business enterprises (SBEs) count towards the SBE goal. With a single application, small businesses can become certified in Hennepin County, City of St. Paul and Ramsey County and get business assistance information. Contractors can register with the CERT Program to obtain a directory of certified SBEs.
Call 651-266-8900 or visit the CERT Program website.
Workforce Entry Program
The Workforce Entry Program requires successful bidders to either hire a specific number (based on the project) of graduates of approved job training programs or demonstrate they've made good faith efforts to do so. Contractors hire the job training program graduates as apprentices, who gain valuable skill and knowledge working on county projects. Apprentices must not have completed an apprenticeship training course that leads to journeyman status or have been employed as a journeyman. The county provides a list of approved job training programs.