Certification & Contracts
Creates solicitations, accept bids and make awards, and purchase goods through online catalogs. Eligible organizations include state agencies, counties, cities, towns, enumerated school districts or any other political subdivision of the state.
Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs
Facilitates minority business enterprise activities through coordinating and promoting government programs aimed at strengthening and preserving the state’s 200,000 minority and women owned businesses. GOMA is responsible for overseeing the work of the state agencies as they plan and carry out projects that are intended to overcome special problems related to minority business enterprise participation initiatives.
(410) 767-8232 | (877) 558-0998
Minority Business Enterprise Program (MBE)
Encourages minority-owned firms to participate in the State procurement process. Current MBE law requires agencies to structure their procurements to try to achieve an overall minimum of 25% of the total dollar value of their procurement contracts directly or indirectly from certified MBE firms. It further requires that agencies attempt to achieve a minimum of 7% of the total dollar value of their procurement contracts directly or indirectly from certified African-American-owned businesses and 10% of the total dollar value of their procurement contracts directly or indirectly from certified women-owned MBE firms.
(410) 865-1269 | (800) 544-6056
Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAP)
PTAP is a program of the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) designed to help small and minority businesses identify, bid and perform on government prime and sub-contracts. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency fund this program in cooperation with the SBDC and the University of Maryland College Park.
Small Business Reserve Program
Committed to the growth and success of small businesses and for the first time, small businesses will be able to bid for State contracts without competing with larger, more established companies. Designated agencies will be required to award a minimum of 10 percent of their units' total dollar value of goods, supplies, services, maintenance, construction, construction related, architectural service and engineering service contracts to small businesses.