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Becoming a State of Michigan Contractor: The Michigan Department of Management and Budget (DMB) competitively bids all solicitations; and Michigan businesses are encouraged to participate in the state contracting process. DMB and MEDC work closely to provide valuable tools and training for Michigan businesses that want to become state contractors. The Michigan DTMB-Purchasing Operations’ Contract Connect website provides information and educational services to businesses looking to contract with the State of Michigan. The Department manages the procurement of commodities, services, and information technology valued at $25,000 and above for all state agencies. Contract Connect also provides opportunities in design and construction and real estate leasing. At the website, Michigan.gov/micontractconnect, you can view the current contract portfolio DTMB-Purchasing Operations Contract List. You will also find training materials and upcoming events that will help guide you through the state contracting process. To contact Purchasing Staff, please email DTMB- miconntractconnect@michigan.gov. You will also find contact information for individual state agencies handling procurements of $25,000 at http://www.michigan.gov/micontractconnect/0,4541,7-225-40707---,00.html. Small Business Certifications There is a prevalent misunderstanding that small business certifications confer special treatment for any certified small business. While such certifications may have marketing value or purchaser preference, they are applicable primarily for those small businesses engaged in government contracting. There is generally no advantage related to grants or funding. When the federal government allocates government spending, it establishes set-asides — a percentage of total government contract money to be spent that is “set aside” and required to be spent with small businesses that meet certain criteria and are certified as: • Small Disadvantaged For more information, visit: https://www.sba.gov/content/disadvantaged-businesses • 8(a) For more information, visit: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/sbas-8a-certification-program-explained • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZones) For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting- programs/hubzone • Woman-Owned or Controlled Small Business or 8(m) Woman owned Small Business Program For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-small-business-program • Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises & Organizations For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/content/native-americans-0 • Veteran Owned - Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/content/veteran-service-disabled-veteran-owned Some certifications are “self-certifying” and others require certification through a third party certifier. Your PTAC consultant can assist you in determining if you would qualify for certification and where and how to complete it. See directory of PTAC’s, next page. 63