Women in Contracting
Targeted Group with the Office of State Procurement (OSP)
The Office of State Procurement (OSP) operates a program for Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged and Veteran-Owned small businesses.
Colorful Concepts Painting is certified as a Targeted Group vendor with the state of Minnesota because we proudly represent a women owned business as well as a small business (SBA). Being certified means that we are added to the state's vendor list and we're listed in the Directory of Certified Targeted Group!
In order for a business to be eligible to participate in this program, the business must be a Minnesota-based, small business and must also be certified by the OSP in at least one of the following ways:
The business must be at least 51% owned by a woman, racial minority, or person with a substantial physical disability
In addition, the business must be operated and controlled on a day-to-day basis by the qualifying owner (ownership is not enough; operational control is also required!)
The business must be located (or the owner must reside) in an economically disadvantaged area within the state.
The business must be at least 51% owned by a veteran or service-disabled veteran
In addition, the business must be operated and controlled on a day-to-day basis by the qualifying owner
Because Colorful Concepts Painting is proudly represented as a women owned business and with the small percentage of women in contracting, we decided to ask our one and only, Lynn Boerger some questions around her inspirations and what it's like to be a women in contracting.
What inspired you to become a painting contractor? Was it something you planned?
"Becoming a painting contractor wasn’t at all what I had planned, however, being a business owner was a definite possibility! When the opportunity presented itself to lead Colorful Concepts I jumped at the chance."
Do you think the industry has changed for women since you've been in it?
"The most awesome thing I’ve noticed in the last few years is the growing number of women in the construction industry especially in leadership roles."
What advice would you give to women considering joining the industry?
"Find a tribe of like-minded people who can celebrate your accomplishments and give constructive advice to get you through the hard times. Surround yourself with people who excel at the things you don’t. Listen and learn from their experiences, but always follow your gut instinct. Keep your chin up and dig in!"
What unique contribution can women make to the industry?
"In my experience women have proven to be great collaborators which is important when multiple people/subcontractors are working on projects. Women can also be better at leaving their ego at the door when things get tough."
To learn more, visit The Minnesota Department of Administration State Procurement and don't forget that you can request us to be the painting team on your next project!
Whether you're remodeling, redecorating, or coming up with ideas for a corporate space, our #TrueToTheFinish team is here for you!