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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 is now open for business

The City of Saint Paul’s new online procurement database is now live!  For the past several years, the city has been working to develop a new process for viewing and responding to city bid opportunities and purchase orders.  Vendors interested in doing business with the city must register their business on (Stpaulbids).  Starting on January 7, all city contracting opportunities will be available on Stpaulbids and Demandstar will no longer be used.

The city is excited about the launch of Stpaulbids as it will provide improved communication between the city and its vendors.  Stpaulbids will offer vendors self-service registration and account maintenance, support multiple commodity codes per vendor, the ability to upload documents, and provide a single location for accessing and responding to city contracting opportunities.  Vendors can access training documents and learn more at Stpaulbids. 

The City of Saint Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) is partnering with ProBid LLC to host several free training sessions for interested vendors.  The training sessions are targeted toward VOP-Certified (small, minority, and women-owned businesses) and HUD Section 3 businesses.  The training sessions will review what vendors need to know prior to registering on Stpaulbids and then assist the vendor register correctly. 

ProBid Class Dates and Times
  • Tuesday, January 14, 21, and 28
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 16, 23, and 30
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
All ProBid classes will be held at the Minnesota Builders Exchange, 1123 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405.  Vendors interested in attending a training session should call 651-967-9395 to reserve a spot. 

The City of Saint Paul will also be hosting a series of Stpaulbids training orientation sessions to help ensure a smooth transition to Stpaulbids. 

City Orientation Class Dates and Times
  • January 14th 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • January 15th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • January 16th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All City of Saint Paul orientation sessions will be held at the Wellstone Center/Neighborhood House, 170 Robie Street East, Room 272, Saint Paul, MN 55107.

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