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MBE/WBE Businesses

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 Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise (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.

Register with SDAT

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.

Procurement Methods

Learn more about how the county buys and important terminology.

Cooperative Purchases

  • Baltimore County is a member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. This organization is comprised of the Baltimore region's elected officials representing Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties
  • The Council's subcommittee, Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee (“BRCPC” pronounced brick pack) includes purchasing officers from the six jurisdictions, their school systems, the City of Annapolis and the Maryland Department of General Services
  • BRCPC combines solicitation requirements amongst the jurisdictions in an effort to conduct cooperative (joint) purchases

Purchasing Buys, but not limited to, the following items:

  • Office supplies, pharmaceutical supplies and envelopes
  • Building services such as painters, mowing and janitorial
  • Recreational products, athletic equipment and landscaping services
  • Construction services, materials and supplies
  • Vehicles, equipment and transportation services
  • Printing, office furniture, uniforms and vending services
  • Computer software and related services
  • Telecommunications, electrical and mechanical services, and sprinklers
  • Professional services and consultants, computer hardware and printers
  • Human services, health and medical related items, and services and training
  • Traffic engineering supplies
  • Floor covering, janitorial supplies and promotional items

Department of Public Works Buys (requires prequalifications):

  • Construction Contracts Administration—Capital Improvement Projects
    • Utility Services (water and sewer lines and pumping stations)
    • Road (Horizontal) Construction and Repairs
    • Building (Vertical) Construction
  • Professional Services Projects
    • Architects, Landscape Architects
    • Engineers

The Department of Public Works maintains a list of prequalified contractors and firms for:

Construction Contracts Administration

  • General Contractors must be prequalified 10 days before bid date
  • Subcontractors are required to be prequalified on some projects

Professional Services

  • Prequalification forms for Professional Services are accepted throughout the Prequalification Cycle (August 1 to July 31) the following year for Prime Consultants in the areas of Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers

Source Supply List

  • Suppliers that wish to be approved (prequalified) for the Source Supply list must conform to the General Provisions in the Standard Specification For Construction and Materials

Things you should be familiar with:

  • County Council approval is required prior to executing contracts for services
    • For a term exceeding two years
    • For contracts exceeding $25,000 in value for any single year
  • Purchase Order (PO) and Contract (CT)
    • Authorizes a vendor to deliver and charge for the commodities or services specified
    • Shall include description, quantity, price, terms of payment, time and place of delivery, responsibility for shipping cost and reference to solicitations and proposals when appropriate
  • Master Agreement (MA) and Delivery Order (DO)
    • MA establishes the prices, terms and conditions of the contract.
    • DO references the original contract (MA) number, utilizes the pricing schedule of the contract and becomes the vehicle for encumbering the funds to purchase specific commodities or services on the term contract
  • Contracts Due to Expire
  • Minority Business Enterprise and Women’s Business Enterprise (MBE and WBE)
    • The program is established by Executive Order, learn more about the details and appropriate forms
    • MBE and WBE goals are set in some contracts where subcontracting opportunities are feasible
    • The County may “piggyback” contracts of other jurisdictions as long as it is not in conflict with the County’s policy and procedures
  • Procurement Assistance

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Purchasing and Disbursements Division

400 Washington Avenue
Room 148
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.





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