Equal Business Opportunity Resources & Information
The following is a resource listing of local, state and federal organizations (including links) which have a variety of programs to assist minority, women-owned and disabled owned business enterprises with certification, procurement, training and business development assistance.
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE)
Maryland is committed to assisting small, minority and women-owned firms in gaining greater access to government contracting opportunities. OMBE is the official certification agency for Maryland’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program and the federal U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.
Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA)
The mission of the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) is facilitating 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.
Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
The Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Network provides sound advice, counseling and support to entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses across the state.
Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MD PTAP)
PTAC's mission is to maximize the number of capable U.S. companies participating in the government marketplace by providing businesses with an understanding of the requirements of government contracting and the market know-how they need to obtain and successfully perform federal, state, and local government contracts, and supporting government agencies in reaching and working with the suppliers they need.
eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)
eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), the State of Maryland’s internet-based procurement system, is a business tool that provides an efficient means to improve vendor’s access to State procurement information.
Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA)
The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses and attracting corporate and regional headquarters. Its role, central to its mission, is to be a catalyst for economic growth and sustainability in Howard County.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government that aides, counsels and protects the interests of small business. SBA offers a wide variety of programs and services and is the certification agency for the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone, Small Business and Women-Owned Small Business federal contract programs.