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Central Certification (CERT) Program
About the CERT Program
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Charles Gbadebo
CERT Certification Specialist

15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
City Hall/Courthouse 280
Saint Paul, MN  55102

Ph: (651) 266-8900
Fx: (651) 266-8919

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday
The Central Certification (CERT) Program is a small business certification program recognized by Hennepin County, Ramsey County and The City of Saint Paul. The CERT Program includes certification for Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

We are committed to helping small businesses grow and thrive and, as a result of our commitment, this central system exists to assist small businesses, including those owned and operated by women and minorities.

The CERT Program seeks to promote market growth, increase competitiveness, and create jobs among participating businesses, as well as to improve the quality of life for area residents.

The City of Saint Paul currently serves as the contact point for the CERT Program. (The previous website now redirects to this website.)

To find out if your business is eligible for CERT certification, view the Eligibility Criteria and the Small Business Size Standards website.

CERT Vendor List
Please click here to see the most current CERT business list.

Central (CERT) Certification Size Standard Evaluation and Public Comment Form
In June 2015, the CERT program completed its evaulation of the three, local Small Business Size Standards and its impact on CERT businesses.  A public forum was held on June 22, 2015 to elicit feedback from the community and all stakeholders.  To view the evaluation report and give your feedback, please visit the public feedback form.

Get Certified – Apply Online

Apply for CERT Certification for your small business.

New Registration
Register to create a new login for access to the CERT system.

Need assistance logging in and accessing the CERT system? Visit CERT system help .

Certification Application Forms
Paper applications are still accepted. However, we recommend the electronic application for faster submission and processing.

New Certification Application (PDF)
Re-Certification Application (PDF)

For further assistance or additional questions, contact the CERT Certification Specialist.

CERT and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Expanding Access to Credit Event
In 2014, the CERT Program and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis partnered to host events considering the financial challenges small businesses face when working on public or private projects and began the discussion of meaningful solutions for businesses interested in government contracting. View the video.

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