Open for Business
"Building a successful relationship with Government opens doors to important opportunities for businesses in the private sector. When Government takes a leadership role, the private sector often follows. That is why Baltimore County is committed to growing our economy by investing in the future of our minority and women-owned businesses," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The Baltimore County Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program was established by Executive Order to increase Minority and Women's Business (MBE and WBE) participation in County contracts. The County seeks to have an overall goal of 15 percent of the total dollars spent on discretional procurements awarded to and performed by MBE and WBE firms.
The program is comprised of the following components:
- Compliance and Monitoring
- Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Directory
- Procurement Assistance
- Training and Outreach
- Workshops and Seminars
The Executive Order (PDF) is the culmination of an extensive evaluation of existing practices and a collaborative effort between contractors, subcontractors and County purchasing officials. It advocates to develop better reporting methods, target specific industry sectors, foster more effective partnerships and provide assistance in conducting business with the County.
The forms below are PDFs and will open to a new window.
- Minority Participation Affidavit Form PB040—excluding Public Works Capital Improvement contracts
- MBE Complete Package—used when goal is to be met over life of contract goal
- Per Task MBE Complete Forms—used when goal is to be met at the Delivery Order (DO) or task level
Compliance Reporting for Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors
Baltimore County Funded Projects
- Prime Contractors will report payments to minority and women subcontractors using the MBE and WBE Compliance Portal to comply with the terms and conditions of their Baltimore County contract in accordance with the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Requirement.
- Subcontractors will verify and acknowledge receipt of payments for work performed on County contracts via the MBE and WBE Compliance Portal.
Please follow the step-by-step instructions to report and verify payments.
Federal and State Funded Projects
- Baltimore County, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Projects:
Prime contractors or consultants may use firms that have been certified by either Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) or Baltimore City's Minority Business Certification program.
- State Highway Administration (SHA) Projects:
Prime Contractors or Consultants must use firms that have been certified by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Compliance Reporting Questions
For questions regarding the MBE and WBE compliance reporting, please contact the Minority Business Enterprise Office at 410-887-3407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the MBE and WBE directory to search for certified minority or women owned businesses that have been approved to use on Baltimore County or Federal-Aid projects.
The directory consists of firms certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise Office, the City of Baltimore Minority Business Enterprise Office. Minority and women owned firms certified by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Baltimore City will automatically be included in this directory.
Contractors who have or have had active contracts with Baltimore County that are and were to report subcontractor payments may also appear in the directory.
Baltimore County Government does not offer a Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise (MBE and WBE) Certification Program. Minority and women-owned businesses that wish to participate in Baltimore County's Minority and Women owned business enterprise (MBE and WBE) program as it relates to the MBE and WBE participation goals set in contracts must be certified by at least one of the following:
Baltimore County Purchasing Division uses the Minority Participation Affidavit to readily identify minority and woman owned businesses that are responding to the County’s solicitations as a prime or general contractor. The affidavit can be used by a non-certified MBE and WBE business who affirms their status as an MBE and WBE under oath. However, it cannot be used to meet MBE and WBE participation goals in County contracts.
Businesses do not have to be located within Baltimore County to bid on County solicitations. Minority and Women owned businesses do not have to be certified as such to bid direct to the County.
Solicitations are previewed to determine whether subcontracting is available in an effort to incorporate MBE and WBE participation goals. While the overall goal is 15 percent, a specific goal may be set with each discretionary solicitation, based on the level of ready, willing and able certified MBE and WBE firms. The MBE and WBE participation is an important evaluation criterion in determining a successful offer in the Request for Proposals (RFP).
MBE and WBE participation goals set in a solicitation are subject to all contractors bidding direct to the County, including minority and woman owned contractors. This means if you are a MBE and WBE prime, certified or not, you are still expected to obtain the goal using other minority or woman owned businesses.
The following information is available on the purchasing overview:
- Bid Results
- Construction Contracts Invitation to Bids
- Contracts Due to Expire (PDF)
- Current Solicitations
- Financing Assistance
- Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center
- Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA): Surety Bonding Program
- Procurement Overview for Vendors
- Request Email Notification—Construction Contracts Invitation to Bids
- Request Weekly Solicitation Notification—Purchasing Division
- Subscribe to Professional Service notification (Architect and Engineers)
For Public Work contracts, general contractors (and on occasion subcontractors) must be prequalified 10 days prior to bid opening. To obtain prequalification requirements visit: Architect and Engineers or Construction Contracts Administration.
Vendors conducting business with Baltimore County may need to be registered with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). For information on whether registration is required Vendors should call SDAT at 410-767-1340.
Baltimore County verifies the company's status with SDAT and may require the successful bidder to submit a Good Standing Certificate, also known as a "Certificate of Status," issued by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation's Charter Division, and State of Organization.
- Prequalification is not required typically for contracts awarded by the Purchasing Division. On occasion, a construction bid solicited by the Purchasing Division may require prequalification. If prequalification is required it would be noted in the bid package.
- Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers who wish to be considered for work with Baltimore County should refer to the Professional Services Selection for prequalification information.
- Contractors who wish to bid as general contractors for the construction Contracts Division must be prequalified through Baltimore County's Construction Contracts Administration Division.
- Material suppliers that wish to be participate in procurement for the Construction Contracts Administration must be approved as a Source of Supply.
The Office of Budget and Finance, Purchasing Division regularly schedules procurement outreach events to provide an opportunity for vendors to:
- Gain an understanding of the purchasing process
- Meet the County buyers and ask questions
- Learn about bid opportunities with the County
- Review a list of current contracts
- Network with other vendors
- Participate in other business workshops, seminars and conferences
Outreach attendance is not required in order to participate in the Baltimore County procurement process.
Available Contracting Opportunities
- Construction Contracts Administration (Public Works)—Contracts for services in the areas of sanitary sewers, water mains, roads, bridges and storm drains, public buildings and pumping stations.
- Grants Administration (Planning)
- Mid-Atlantic Purchasing Team Cooperative Purchases—The Mid-Atlantic Purchasing Team (MAPT) uses a lead agency format for their solicitations that non-exclusively encompasses public and non-profit entities from the Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC regions.
- Purchasing Division—Purchases include but are not limited to goods, promotional items, janitorial services, facility maintenance, construction, other professional services, telecommunication, information technology and related services, equipment, health and human services.
- Professional Services Selection (Public Works)—Selection of consultants for architecture, landscape architecture and engineering services.
- Watch an informational video for Public Works contracting opportunities.
The MBE office holds and promotes a series of informational workshops and seminars held by the County and other jurisdictions to assist small and minority owned businesses. Visit our calendar of events for an up-to-date schedule.
Maryland Department of Transportation
News Update: Personal Net Worth Cap for Certified Minority Business Enterprise Firms Increase—Effective January 1, 2013
View the Minority Business Enterprise Application workshops schedule.
Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204