Metropolitan Council Underutilized Business Program (MCUB)

Small Business Program for Locally Funded Projects & Procurements

The Council receives funds from various Minnesota-based sources. The MCUB program is designed to engage and encourage the use of underutilized Minnesota-based small businesses for the Council's projects and procurements.

MCUB firms can do business with the Council in two ways. 

  • Through procurements, selling products or services to the Council

  • Through projects, as a subcontractor working on the Council's projects

MCUB directory

In order to qualify as an MCUB firm the business must be Minnesota-based and have an active certification from one of these programs:


  • Targeted Business (State of Minnesota)

  • Veteran Owned Business (U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs)

Firms with these active certifications will be listed in the MCUB Directory, which is updated monthly

Locally funded projects 

Project contracts will include MCUB participation goals if they meet the following three requirements:

  • The project is locally funded

  • There are opportunities for subcontractors 

  • The contract value is more than $100,000


OEO staff sets specific participation goals on each project contract.  All bidders/proposers for projects with MCUB goals will be required to meet the MCUB goal percentage.  If the bidder/proposers is not able to meet the goal they may receive a waiver from OEO based on their good faith efforts.

Locally funded procurements

To give MCUB firms more opportunity, the Council's Procurement Staff and department buyers will use the MCUB Directory to reach out to MCUB firms when making purchases. 

Council staff will also help MCUB firms find business opportunities with the Council. See CURRENT CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES at the Council.

More information about the MCUB program 

Contact: Andrew Larson, Diversity Specialist
Metropolitan Council Office of Equal Opportunity