Baltimore County Now
Office of Budget & Finance, Purchasing Division
Minority & Small Business Marketing Manager
Do you or someone you know own a minority or women-owned company and seek to do business with the County? If so, let me clear up a common misconception about who can bid on potentially lucrative Baltimore County contracts.
When I talk with people about the County’s Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise certification requirements, people often believe that minority-owned and women-owned businesses must be certified in order to bid in County procurements. Baltimore County's procurements are open to ALL businesses, including MBE/WBE firms. Certification is NOT required to bid as prime contractor.
The County advertises its procurement opportunities online at
· Purchasing Division: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/purchasing;
· Department of Public Works Construction Contracts Administration: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/constructioncontracts;
· Department of Public Works Professional Services: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/pssc; and
· eMaryland Marketplace: https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/.
Certification is used in the MBE/WBE subcontracting goal process. In these cases, only MBE/WBE firms certified by Maryland Department of Transportation Office of Minority Business Enterprise (MDOT) or the City of Baltimore’s Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office can be counted towards the participation goal.
Certified and noncertified minority-owned and women-owned businesses bidding as the prime contractor with the County must also meet the subcontracting goal requirement set in the solicitation. The MBE/WBE subcontracting participation goal is a contractual obligation of the prime contractor, regardless of the prime’s minority/women’s status.
Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center
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