16B.20 Encouragement of participation; advisory council.
Subdivision 1. Commissioner of administration. The commissioners of administration and trade and economic development shall publicize the provisions of the purchasing programs in sections 16B.19 to 16B.22, attempt to locate small businesses able to perform under the programs, and encourage participation. When the commissioner of administration determines that a small business is unable to perform under a program established in sections 16B.19 to 16B.22, the commissioner shall inform the commissioner of trade and economic development who shall assist the small business in attempting to remedy the causes of the inability to perform a set-aside award. In assisting the small business, the commissioner of trade and economic development in cooperation with the commissioner of administration shall use management or financial assistance programs made available by or through the department of trade and economic development, other state or governmental agencies, or private sources.
Subd. 2. Advisory council. A small business and targeted group procurement advisory council is created. The council consists of 13 members appointed by the commissioner of administration. A chair of the advisory council shall be elected from among the members. The appointments are subject to the appointments program provided by section 15.0597. The terms, compensation, and removal of members are as provided in section 15.059. Notwithstanding section 15.059, the council does not expire until June 30, 1998.
Subd. 3. Duties. The small business procurement advisory council shall:
(1) advise the commissioner of administration on matters relating to the small business and targeted group procurement program;
(2) review complaints or grievances from small business and targeted group vendors or contractors who are doing or attempting to do business under the program; and
(3) review the reports of the commissioners of administration and trade and economic development provided by section 16B.21 to ensure compliance with the goals of the program.
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