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Vendor Databases

Databases that are helpful when searching for a vendor.

Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

CCR is an electronic gateway of information for, and about, small businesses. The CCR program is a cooperative effort of 8 different U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) departments.

Federal Debarred Vendors (ELPS)

The Excluded Parties List System (ELPS), is the electronic version of the Lists of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs (Lists), which identifies those parties excluded throughout the U.S. Government (unless otherwise noted) from receiving Federal contracts or certain subcontracts and from certain types of Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits. Departments should NOT purchase from debarred vendors.

State of Minnesota - Targeted Business Groups (TGB)

The Minnesota Materials Management Division maintains a list of Minnesota-based minority, woman and disabled-owned small businesses, and small businesses in Economically Disadvantaged Counties in Minnesota. Departments are encouraged to search the database and select vendors from it.

U of M Business Directory

The U of M Business Directory is a listing of all businesses currently certified collaboratively by the five member jurisdictions: Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Ramsey County, City of St. Paul, and St. Paul Public Schools. New businesses are certified into the Program on a regular basis.

The U of M Business Directory's ultimate goal is to make it easier for businesses to participate in the business opportunities of the participating jurisdictions and the local marketplace. This 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 U of MN Business Directory is only available in .pdf format and therefore it is quite large (795KB).

U of M Targeted Vendor Database

The Targeted Vendor Database is maintained by the Office for Business and Community Economic Development and is intended to increase departmental utilization of Targeted Businesses, business enterprises owned and operated by women, minority and/or disabled persons (WMDBEs). To ensure that all vendors are of the highest quality and meet the University's definition of Targeted Business, it is required that each registered vendor be certified by at least one of the following 6 University-recognized Targeted Business Certification Agencies listed at the BCED web site. You can visit the agency links to see more details or contact a Project Manager at 612-625-8460.

U-Wide Contracts and Contractor Listing

U-Wide contracts are contracts with vendors for goods and services that are available to all University departments. U-Wide contracts and a U-Wide contract vendor list are available for searching / viewing through the link below.

Controller's Office

Purchasing Services is one of the many departments that are part of the Controller's Office.

Internal Service Organizations (ISOs)

ISOs and Auxiliaries are University departments that provide products or services for sale to other University departments.

University Travel Services

University Travel Services is your complete, one-stop location for all travel related questions; from policy to prices, it's all here.