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Certifications and Contracts

Corporations, the federal government, and state agencies all want to do business with minority-owned companies. The Department of Transportation, for example, requires that recipients of its funding award a percentage of contracts to minority-owned businesses and many large companies have goals for buying from minority-owned suppliers. To meet their objectives, private and public sector firms search for minority-owned suppliers through programs that have formal certification processes. 

Many growing businesses already fulfill certain certification criteria but haven't taken the steps to become certified. If you're not certified, you can miss out on business ranging from a marketing opportunity to reduced-competition access to a public contract.

If you're interested in any of the following certifications, you’re in the right place:

  • WBE (Woman-Owned Business)
  • MBE (Minority-Owned Business)
  • SBA 8A (Disadvantaged)
  • Veteran-Owned Business
  • HUB Zone


Looking to get contracts with Baltimore County, the state of Maryland or even the federal government? Or are you looking to just start out as a subcontractor as you grow your business?

Meet the Primes/Buyers

Baltimore County offers a free opportunity to showcase your business to prime bidders looking for quality partners. Over 100 primes currently working with member agencies will be exhibitors. Be prepared to present your capability statement to exhibiting business representatives looking to meet MBE and SBE sub-contractors in the areas of professional services, construction trades, architecture, engineering and other business services.

Upcoming Procurement Events

There are no procurement events scheduled at this time. Check back soon.

For more information about events, upcoming dates, or how to participate, please contact the Office of Budget and Finance, Purchasing Division:

Carla Tucker
Minority/Small Business Marketing Manager

Revised October 10, 2019         


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