Maryland Small Businesses

Small business certifications are the result of conditions public funders place on contract dollars. Take advantage of those that best match your line of business.


 If your  small minority- or woman-owned business is located in or does business in Maryland, MBE certification is a great advantage in competing for contracts funded with Maryland state tax dollars, and on many large-scale private development projects.

If your business can participate in large-scale Civil Engineering and Heavy Construction projects and is located in Maryland or DBE-certified in your home state, consider MDOT DBE certification. You can apply for both certifications at the same time; information is here. 

MDOT also has an SBE certification for small businesses that are not Woman- or Minority-owned.

23 Maryland State Government agencies participate in the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program; details here.

Several Maryland counties have small- and minority business programs, including Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties.

The City of Baltimore certifies WBE and MBE firms in the Baltimore City Market Area.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) certifies Small, Local and Minority Businesses located in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

Note: Many government agencies and nonprofits provide help with business administrative matters and financing for free or at little cost. Look here.

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