What does The MBE Program Provide?
How does MBE Certification help my business?
How do I become Certified?
What is the bidding procedure?
What is bonding assistance?
The following firms offer bonding assistance to qualified applicants. Applications are available in the MBE Program office or by contacting the firms directly. Firms that offer bonding assistance are:
When is Administrative Procedure 7419 used versus 3325?
Administrative Procedure 7419, is used with all state funded projects. It has a minimum state goal of 14% and a PGCPS goal of 30% on all major construction projects. Administrative Procedure 3325 is used for contracts awarded using only county funds and may allow a certified MBE an opportunity to match to low bid.
Our Bid Notification Process is on line. We no longer mail bid packages directly to vendors.
Minority Businesses Enterprise (MBE) Qualification Criteria:
Any legal entity, other than a joint venture, that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more minority person(s), organized to engage in commercial transactions. Minority person means a member of a socially or economically disadvantaged minority group which includes African American/Black (not of Hispanic origins), Asian American, Native American, Women, Hispanic, Physically and Mentally Disabled, and Non-profit organized to promote the interests of the physically or mentally disabled individuals and those that are accredited by the Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation (DORS), as Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP).
The MBE Program in Prince George’s County requires certification with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) www.mdot.state.md.us, and the completion of a Vendor Application for placement on the Bid List at the PGCPS Procurement office. MDOT may be reached at 1-800-544-6056. To become a vendor you must have your certification letter from MDOT and a copy of the Vendor Application to apply with the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Contact Prince George’s County Government Procurement Office to complete a Bidder’s Application at (301) 883-6400 or apply online at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/834/Contract-Administration-Procurement. After Certification through MDOT or Prince George’s County Government, you will qualify for the Prince George’s County Public Schools “bonus point system”. Prior to any formally bid solicitation these steps must be completed in order to be considered as a MBE for award. Bonus Points are assigned to those certified MBEs that bid on the proposed solicitation to determine their eligibility to match the lowest responsive bid. Bonus points are applied as follows:
Major construction and renovation projects are competitively bid through the CIP office and have MBE subcontracting goals based on the dollar amount and funding source of the contract. Architectural and engineering service contracts are solicited annually and awarded through the CIP office.
For additional information about the MBE Program or upcoming events and contracting opportunities,
call one of the following:
Please check periodically for details of upcoming events.
The Minority Business Enterprise Coordinator develops programs designed to provide training and focusing on educational seminars/workshops. In the past some have included information on bonding, insurance and financing. These workshops are offered free to the participants and are held throughout the year.
The MBE coordinator participates in trade shows, procurement fairs and other outreach events to further expand the program's initiatives.
The MBE coordinator will have meetings weekly/monthly as required to assist vendors. Private vendor appointments are also available one day a week. Please call to schedule a time convenient for you.