Baltimore County News
Make it Happen for Your Business
It’s hard knowing what’s out there. That’s why we’ve developed an event where you can learn about all the tools available to make your business grow.
Meet key people from the federal, state and local level that can help make it happen for your business.
Free One-Stop Shop Business Event
Join us for this free one-stop shop business event.
Get business help with:
- Accessing capital
- Bidding on government contracts
- Accessing export markets
- Certifying MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE
- Tapping into talent pools
- Building a plan to grow
Time and Location
Smart Business Event - WEST
November 17, 2015
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CCBC Owings Mills, Fifth Floor
10300 Grand Central Avenue
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Can’t make this one?
Smart Business Events for Central and East Baltimore County are in the works to be held in January and February.
Networking Event Helps Minority, Women-Owned and Small Businesses Connect with Prime Contractors
Sometimes small businesses and those owned by women and minorities can find it challenging to connect with larger, more established companies with whom they could sub-contract on government projects.
Baltimore County government and their partners are hosting a free “Meet the Primes” networking event to help facilitate those mutually beneficial business relationships.
The 7th annual “Meet the Primes” event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium Exhibition Hall, located at 2200 York Road in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093. The event is co-hosted by Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, the Community College of Baltimore County, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and theBaltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee.
The purpose of this “free” event is to facilitate a networking forum for prime contractors to expand their pool of potential subcontractors to fulfill participation subcontracting goals set in contracts. The exhibiting contractors are asked to come prepared to discuss potential upcoming subcontracting opportunities. Subcontractors are encouraged to come prepared to market their skills and abilities with a one-page capability statement that readily identifies past government and commercial work experience in their specialty area of expertise as well as certifications and specialized licenses obtained. There will be more than 100 exhibitors and over 300 women-owned, minority-owned and other small businesses in attendance.
For additional information about the “Meet the Primes” event, contact Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager, Baltimore County Government at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-887- 3119.
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.
Revised April 6, 2016