Baltimore County Announces “Open For Business” Initiative

Baltimore County Executive and MACo President Kevin Kamenetz signed an executive order today aimed at streamlining county procurement processes and helping small, minority and women-owned businesses compete for professional services and construction contracts.

The Open For Business Initiative:

  • streamlines the prequalification process to reduce application processing time by one-third, to 30 days;
  • creates the Small Business Purchasing Program, a tier-based system allowing small firms to bid as prime contractors;  and
  • allows minority business enterprises and women business enterprises to permit self-performance in meeting 50% of subcontracting goals.

Said County Executive Kamenetz:

We realized that the County’s contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses weren’t as accessible as they could be for growing businesses, so we did a top to bottom review of the whole process and have made changes that expand opportunities for minority and women-owned firms, and others who may be new to the government contracting arena.

The county is hosting a networking reception and procurement workshop this evening, at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson. The reception begins at 4 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. program and break-out sessions by project category. The workshop is designed for contractors, offering them the opportunity to learn about the prequalification process, potential contracting opportunities, surety bonding requirements, and more.

County press release and Executive Order text