Awards Incentive & Recognition (AIR) Program

  • 5 glass awards of different shapes and sizes on a black table cloth

Department & Unit Awards
The Awards, Incentive & Recognition (AIR) Program is designed to recognize University departments, as well as individual staff persons that demonstrate exemplary efforts in supporting and doing business with Targeted Businesses (women/minority/disabled owned business enterprises - WMDBEs).

Through this program departments can receive financial rewards based on their efforts to purchase goods and services from Targeted Business while individual staff will also be recognized and rewarded for their work in assisting and creating business opportunities for Targeted Businesses.

Individual Awards
The "Fitz Award" recognizes University staff persons (buyers, end users, department heads, deans, etc.), that demonstrate outstanding commitment to supporting and creating opportunities for Targeted Businesses. Individuals receiving special recognition will be selected through a formal nominations process. Awards will be presented at an annual awards luncheon by a senior level Officer of the University.


  • Provide financial incentives to departments doing business with Targeted Businesses
  • Increase spending with Targeted Businesses on non-competitive bidding contracts
  • Recognize individual staff efforts for increasing opportunities for Targeted Businesses
  • Increase expenditures with Targeted Businesses to 10% of all University purchases


FY2020 Awards

UMN Staff 
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