Baltimore County Now
Minority & Small Business Marketing Manager
How do you say small business? As the Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager for the Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance Purchasing Division, I’m often struck by the huge range of small businesses that are integral to our local economy. Our small businesses include painters, counseling services, accounting/auditing services, workforce development contractors, landscaping services, carpenters, plumbers, manufacturers, retailers, pest control services, janitorial services, hauling contractors, flooring contractors, electricians, printers - just to touch on a tiny fraction.
This week is National Small Business Week, a good time to reflect on the importance of these small but mighty drivers of our nation’s economy. There’s a reason that small business is often described as the backbone of our local, state and national economy. Did you know that Baltimore County is home to 19,508 small businesses and that those small businesses (firms with between 20 and 499 employees) are responsible for the vast majority of employment?
My job is to help these smaller firms compete in a business environment that often tends to favor the larger national and multi-national entities. Since Baltimore County Government is a large purchaser of goods and services, I work to help smaller local firms be better positioned to take advantage of County procurements.
Did you know that one of the criteria for becoming a certified Minority (including Women-owned) business with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Minority Business Enterprise Office is, the company must meet the SBA’s size standards based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)? The SBA size standards for principal NAICS sectors vary by industry. By including MDOT certified firms in the Baltimore County procurement process through the Minority Business Enterprise Program, the County supports small and disadvantaged businesses throughout the year.
We post potential bidding opportunities online in the areas of health services, human services (training), construction trades, construction (road/highway, building), architect and engineering services, consulting and other professional services, goods, building services and more. Small businesses are encouraged to subscribe to the weekly solicitation notifications.