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photo of a business corridorCarla Tucker
Minority & Small Business Marketing Manager
Purchasing Division

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.  



Kim Taylor
Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center

Photograph of the Baltimore County Savings Bank.Every week is special. In May alone, there is National Summer Safety Week, National Nursing Week, National Road Safety Week, National Sun Awareness Week, and Aboriginal Awareness Week, just for starters.

May 21-25 is a week that impacts every one of us:  National Small Business Week.  Over 94% of all Baltimore County businesses have fewer than 50 employees -- that's over 19,600 companies. This week, and every week for the past 30 years, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) supports small business entrepreneurs with information and resources that help them succeed. 

Counselors at the SBRC provides direct assistance through individual small business counseling on start-up issues such as business and marketing plan development. The Center also provides MBE /WBE certification and loan package preparation assistance. Free small business start-up workshops are offered in partnership with the County’s Workforce Centers, public libraries, and Chambers of Commerce.

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center is a partnership between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. For more information call 410-825-6200 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business


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