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Highlights County’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler was a recipient of Bmorenews.com’s Joe Manns Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented yesterday, November 8, during the National Black Wall Street Summit 2018. The daylong event, presented by Bmorenews.com in conjunction with the Greater Baltimore Urban League, featured business and civic leaders who came together to discuss viable, proactive solutions to the challenges facing African American-owned businesses.

“I am honored to receive this special award from Doni Glover who continues to celebrate African American entrepreneurs and professionals and provide resources and networking opportunities for their success,” said Mohler. “Baltimore County will continue to take a leadership role in fostering access to economic opportunity for all businesses, including those that are minority and women-owned.”

As Mohler accepted his award, he highlighted the County’s Minority and Women's Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) program, noting:

  • 2018 Disparity Study (for period 2013-2018)
  • Achievement of the highest MBE/WBE subcontracting participation, since the inception of the program, by reaching 20% participation from all departments collectively in FY 2018
  • 2018 “Meet the Primes” event boasted highest attendance since its inception. The purpose of this event is to facilitate a business-to-business networking venue to open the dialogue between primes and potential subcontractors.  Primes come prepared to discuss their prequalification requirements and upcoming projects. Potential subcontractors come to market their business.

Additional award recipients include Baltimore Council Chairman Julian Jones, former U.S. Congressman and former NAACP CEO Kweisi Mfume, former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon and AFRO American Newspaper Publisher and CEO Emeritus Jake Oliver.


Data to be used to improve contract diversity

To further its commitment to diversity in contracting, Baltimore County is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct a comprehensive disparity study of the County’s procurement practices. Baltimore County is committed to supporting all business in our area by effecting the equitable distribution of County expenditures throughout the business community.

“County government purchasing is a significant force in the local economy. We want to make sure that minority businesses are getting their fair share,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.

The disparity study will examine Baltimore County contracting from fiscal years 2013 through 2018 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2018).

More information on the Disparity Study proposal solicitation is available on-line.

Interested contractors are invited to attend a pre-proposal conference August 17, 10:00 a.m., Historic Courthouse, Purchasing Division, 400 Washington Avenue, Room 148, Towson, MD 21204. Bids are due August 28, 2018. This solicitation has a 20% MBE/WBE requirement.

Improving Competitiveness for Small and Minority Owned Businesses

In 2017, Baltimore County launched a program to continue improving competitiveness for small and minority owned businesses. A prequalification process for businesses that want to bid for County contracts was streamlined, reducing application processing time from 90 days to 30 days. The County’s Small Business Purchasing Program established a tier-based system to provide opportunities for small firms to bid as prime contractors. In July 2017, changes were made to the Executive Order for Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise permitting self-performance in meeting 50% of subcontracting goals.


July 27 Evening Event to Highlight Prequalification Process 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County is hosting an evening workshop on its prequalification and procurement processes to help smaller firms — especially minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises — bid on County contracts for professional services and capital construction.

“We want to encourage companies new to the government contracting arena to get involved in County projects like upgrading our schools and infrastructure and enhancing our waterways and parks,” Kamenetz said. The County Executive will speak at the workshop, providing details and updates on the County’s prequalification process.

July 27 Workshop to Help Potential Bidders Become Prequalified for County Contracts

The event, which will take place on Thursday, July 27 at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, features a 4 p.m. networking reception followed by a 5 p.m. program and break-out sessions by project category. The workshop is geared toward busy contractors, offering them the opportunity to learn about the prequalification process, potential contracting opportunities, surety bonding requirements, and more.

For additional information about the Prequalification Overview and Revisions Workshop, interested businesses may contact Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager, Baltimore County Government at ctucker@baltimorecountymd.gov or call (410) 887- 3119.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017