Small Business Spending

Ramsey County is committed to increasing the amount of goods and services it purchases from small businesses certified through the Central Certification Program. The goal of the program is to help small businesses increase competitiveness and create jobs. Small business owners can apply for certification in the following categories:
  • Small Business Enterprise.
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise.
  • Women-Owned Business Enterprise.
  • Minority-and-Women-Owned Business Enterprise.
Although the Central Certification Program does not offer certification for veteran-owned small businesses, the county has a process to contract with veteran-owned small businesses certified by the state of Minnesota or the federal government.
To encourage more small business owners to apply for certification, Ramsey County’s Procurement division hosts an annual procurement fair and promotes monthly outreach events at the Rondo Community Library

Total procurement spending

Procurement spending includes all funds spent with vendors for supplies, equipment, materials, construction and labor, and professional and client services.
The chart above highlights the percentage of county procurement spending with Small Business Enterprises, Minority-Owned Business Enterprises, Women-Owned Business Enterprises, Minority-and-Women-Owned Business Enterprises, nonprofits and government organizations. All other vendors that are not small businesses are grouped as N/A.

Small business procurement spending

Small business spending by year

Total small business spending is broken down by spending with Small Business Enterprises, Minority-Owned Business Enterprises, Women-Owned Business Enterprises, and Minority-and-Women-Owned Business Enterprises.

Small business spending by ethnicity

The county tracks procurement spending with small businesses owned by African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.

Small business spending by service team

To improve service delivery and strengthen collaboration among county departments, Ramsey County is broken up into a Service Team structure.

Small Business Spending by Vendor

Click and drag on the chart to view more vendors. To learn more about all county contractor spending, visit our open finance website.


Continued improvement

Moving forward, procurement spending will also be tracked by the types of goods and services purchased to show small businesses how they could best meet the county’s needs.