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Date: Aug 14, 2018

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.

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