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Using Your Certifications

Being a certified minority-owned, women-owned and/or disadvantaged business is the beginning of new opportunities! Certification can significantly help your business gain access to government contracts. Whether you are just starting a business or your company is already established, you can considerably benefit from "set aside" contracts. There are several government agencies at the local, state and federal level which offer certification, as well as private organizations. Please review our Certifications page to determine the best option(s) for your business.

Obtaining the appropriate certification(s) is really just the start. There are other variables you need to consider to make it happen. Unfortunately, being certified won't just "make business happen!" Below are some resources for utilizing your certifications to their fullest potential.



Register in the Minority Business Directory
Make sure your business is registered in our online Minority Business Directory. This database houses thousands of minority-owned businesses and is one of the primary tools for primes to use when searching for a minority-owned business with which it wants to contract. It's free to register on the database and you'll be able to update your information as you obtain new certifications.


Attend Networking and Training Events
As a certified business, it's important that you market yourself to prime contractors and other businesses that can benefit from your services. Help them put a face to the company name by attending networking events relative to your industry. Check out our Training page for a list of organizations hosting training events and workshops to help you best promote your certified business.


Sign Up for Contracting/Job Opportunity Alerts
Many organizations have email lists that you can sign up for in order to receive alerts when contracting or job opportunities are posted that fit within your scope of work. For those that don't, set yourself a reminder to check their websites periodically to ensure you don't miss out on any potential contracts. View our list of contracting/job opportunity alerts.
Register in the Colorado Vendor Self Service (VSS)
The ColoradoVSS website allows vendors to manage vendor account information and review and respond to solicitations. There is no cost to register. During the registration process, vendors are able to select NIGP commodity codes for goods and services. They are then notified via email of new solicitations pertaining to the commodity codes selected in their profile.

Check out the CDOT Supplier Self-Service Portal
When no price or cooperative agreements are available, and when the anticipated cost is greater than $10,000 for goods or $25,000 for services, CDOT publishes competitive bids. All goods and services bids are published on the Supplier Self-Service (SuSS) Portal. View open bid opportunities.  SuSS Portal registration is not required to view this list, but registration is required to respond to bid opportunities. Suppliers interested in submitting bid responses must register immediately to ensure a responsive bid, and should validate registration no later than 48 hours before bid closing. All suppliers must submit bid responses on the SuSS Portal.  Paper bids are not accepted.