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Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program

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“Our diversity is our strength in Baltimore County.  We will continue to strive for more inclusionary practices and policies so that every resident enjoys a high quality of life,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. Learn more about opportunities for businesses in the private sector.

The Baltimore County Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program was established by Executive Order to increase Minority and Women's Business (MBE and WBE) participation in County contracts. The County seeks to have an overall goal of 15 percent of the total dollars spent on discretional procurements awarded to and performed by MBE and WBE firms.

The program is comprised of the following components:

Compliance and Monitoring

The Executive Order (PDF) is the culmination of an extensive evaluation of existing practices and a collaborative effort between contractors, subcontractors and County purchasing officials. It advocates to develop better reporting methods, target specific industry sectors, foster more effective partnerships and provide assistance in conducting business with the County.

Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Forms

The forms below are PDFs and will open to a new window.

Compliance Reporting for Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors

Baltimore County Funded Projects

  • Prime Contractors will report payments to minority and women subcontractors using the MBE and WBE Compliance Portal to comply with the terms and conditions of their Baltimore County contract in accordance with the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Requirement.
  • Subcontractors will verify and acknowledge receipt of payments for work performed on County contracts via the MBE and WBE Compliance Portal.

Please follow the step-by-step instructions to report and verify payments.

Federal and State Funded Projects

  • Baltimore County, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Projects:
    Prime contractors or consultants may use firms that have been certified by either Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) or Baltimore City's Minority Business Certification program.
  • State Highway Administration (SHA) Projects:
    Prime Contractors or Consultants must use firms that have been certified by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Compliance Reporting Questions

For questions regarding the MBE and WBE compliance reporting, please contact the Minority Business Enterprise Office at 410-887-3407 or

Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Directory

Use the MBE and WBE directory to search for certified minority or women owned businesses that have been approved to use on Baltimore County or Federal-Aid projects.

The directory consists of firms certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise Office, the City of Baltimore Minority Business Enterprise Office. Minority and women owned firms certified by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Baltimore City will automatically be included in this directory.

Contractors who have or have had active contracts with Baltimore County that are and were to report subcontractor payments may also appear in the directory.


Baltimore County Government does not offer a Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise (MBE and WBE) Certification Program. Minority and women-owned businesses that wish to participate in Baltimore County's Minority and Women owned business enterprise (MBE and WBE) program as it relates to the MBE and WBE participation goals set in contracts must be certified by at least one of the following:

Baltimore County Purchasing Division uses the Minority Participation Affidavit to readily identify minority and woman owned businesses that are responding to the County’s solicitations as a prime or general contractor. The affidavit can be used by a non-certified MBE and WBE business who affirms their status as an MBE and WBE under oath. However, it cannot be used to meet MBE and WBE participation goals in County contracts.

Procurement Assistance

Businesses do not have to be located within Baltimore County to bid on County solicitations. Minority and Women owned businesses do not have to be certified as such to bid direct to the County.

Solicitations are previewed to determine whether subcontracting is available in an effort to incorporate MBE and WBE participation goals. While the overall goal is 15 percent, a specific goal may be set with each discretionary solicitation, based on the level of ready, willing and able certified MBE and WBE firms. The MBE and WBE participation is an important evaluation criterion in determining a successful offer in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

MBE and WBE participation goals set in a solicitation are subject to all contractors bidding direct to the County, including minority and woman owned contractors. This means if you are a MBE and WBE prime, certified or not, you are still expected to obtain the goal using other minority or woman owned businesses.

The following information is available on the purchasing overview:

For Public Work contracts, general contractors (and on occasion subcontractors) must be prequalified 10 days prior to bid opening. To obtain prequalification requirements visit: Architect and Engineers or Construction Contracts Administration.

Vendors conducting business with Baltimore County may need to be registered with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). For information on whether registration is required Vendors should call SDAT at 410-767-1340.

Baltimore County verifies the company's status with SDAT and may require the successful bidder to submit a Good Standing Certificate, also known as a "Certificate of Status," issued by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation's Charter Division, and State of Organization.


  • Prequalification is not required typically for contracts awarded by the Purchasing Division. On occasion, a construction bid solicited by the Purchasing Division may require prequalification. If prequalification is required it would be noted in the bid package.
  • Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers who wish to be considered for work with Baltimore County should refer to the Professional Services Selection for prequalification information.
  • Material suppliers that wish to be participate in procurement for the Construction Contracts Administration must be approved as a Source of Supply.
  • Contractors who wish to bid as general contractors for the Department of Public Works (DPW) Construction Contracts Administration Division must first be prequalified through said Division. Learn more about the prequalification application and requirements.
    • Prequalification Notice to Potential ContractorsDPW is no longer requiring Reference Inquiry forms as part of the prequalification process.
    • To qualify for bidding on capital improvement contracts in excess of $25,000, it is usually necessary that each bidder be prequalified with DPW.
    • A prequalified bidder is a contractor who has received a certificate of prequalification from DPW.
    • A contractor must apply for prequalification by submitting the necessary form and information to DPW for approval.
    • The contractor's prequalification must be approved at least 10 County business days prior to the date specified for opening of bids.

Training and Outreach

The Office of Budget and Finance, Purchasing Division regularly schedules procurement outreach events to provide an opportunity for vendors to:

  • Gain an understanding of the purchasing process
  • Meet the County buyers and ask questions
  • Learn about bid opportunities with the County
  • Review a list of current contracts
  • Network with other vendors
  • Participate in other business workshops, seminars and conferences

Outreach attendance is not required in order to participate in the Baltimore County procurement process.

Available Contracting Opportunities

Workshops and Seminars

The MBE office holds and promotes a series of informational workshops and seminars held by the County and other jurisdictions to assist small and minority owned businesses. Visit our calendar of events for an up-to-date schedule.

Maryland Department of Transportation

View the Minority Business Enterprise Application workshops schedule.


Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3119
Fax: 410-832-8500

Warren H. Squirewell, Minority Business Enterprise Officer
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3415
Fax: 410-828-7914

Lashelle Wright
Compliance Reporting Helpdesk

Phone: 410-887-3407

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Revised September 9, 2020         


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