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Law / Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office / Certification Process

Certification is the process by which a business is determined to be a bona fide Minority Business Enterprise or Women's Business Enterprise by the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office. There is no application fee.

Criteria

  • Independently owned and operated business
  • In operation 12 months before applying for certification
  • Minority or women-owned for at least 12 months before applying for certification
  • Have an operating office in the Baltimore City Market Area

Baltimore City Market Area

Baltimore City Market Area means the following geographic regions of Maryland:

  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Howard County
  • Carroll County
  • Queen Anne's County
  • Harford County

Certification vs. Pre-qualification

Pre-qualification and certification are different processes. Pre-qualification is the process by which the City's Office of Boards and Commissions (the "Office") determines the work capacity of a contractor. Through an analysis of a contractor's basic financial information, the Office assigns a base capacity rating. The pre-qualification and work capacity rating provide the City some assurances that the contractor has the experience and resources to perform the requirements of a contract. To obtain a pre-qualification application, call the Office of Board's and Commissions at (410) 396-6883. Certification, as noted above, is the process by which a business is determined to be a minority-owned or woman-owned business. The Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office certify firms as an MBE or WBE.

How To Apply

Download an application above and return it with the applicable documents to the address below. The Certification Application requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader that can be downloaded free.

Contacting the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office:

City Hall, Room 101
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-4355
E-Mail the office

MBE/WBE Directory

The MBE/WBE Directory lists certified businesses in alphabetical order and by services. The MWBOO expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this directory. Information in this directory should be verified with the MWBOO at (410) 396-4355.

Contacts

Baltimore City Law Department
100 N. Holliday Street
Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-3297
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Minority & Women's Business Opportunity Office
City Hall, Room 101
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-4355
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