Equal Business Opportunity Program

Recognizing an active program of research, technical assistance, and procurement from Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and Disabled Business Enterprises (DBEs) is essential to the realization of progressive social and economic development goals, the following is designed to express the County's intent to foster participation by MBEs, WBEs and DBEs in its procurement process through the Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Program.

Requests for assistance with this program should be directed to Mahesh Sabnani, EBO Coordinator, by phone at (410) 313-3694, or by email at msabnani@howardcountymd.gov. We strongly encourage minority-, disabled- and women-owned businesses to complete the Equal Business Opportunity Self-Certification Application.

The Office of Purchasing encourages and promotes the development of businesses owned by minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. To obtain information about programs for entrepreneurs visit the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

For convenience, we have provided information pertaining to Howard County's Equal Business Opportunity Program:

1. Access to the County's EBO Certification Application.

EBO Application Word

EBO Application PDF

*See the instructions for downloading Adobe Acrobat at the bottom of this page*


2. The County's directory of firms certified by the Equal Business Opportunity Commission.


3. The County's Current Solicitations as well as Links To Other Local Jurisdictions.

If you have questions about completing the certification application or need further assistance, please contact Mahesh Sabnani, EBO Coordinator, by phone at (410) 313-3694, or email msabnani@howardcountymd.gov.



15% Subcontracting Goal on Contracts Valued at $50,000 or More

Howard County Code Section 4.122 established an Equal Business Opportunity program to foster overall equity and fairness to all citizens in relation to business enterprises conducting business with the County.

If a total contract award is $50,000 or more annually, the Prime Contractor shall make a genuine good faith effort to comply with the Howard County Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) program’s 15% subcontracting goal. The Prime Contractor shall make a good faith effort to obtain minority subcontractor participation even if the Prime Contractor has the capability to complete the work with its own workforce. Certified MBE/WBE/DBE prime contractors can count 100% of the work they self-perform on contracts with EBO subcontracting goals. The subcontracting goal percentage may vary if the contract is funded by a federal or state agency. 

Possible areas of obtaining subcontracting participation include, but are not limited to, flagging services, hauling, copying and printing, and the purchase of materials used in performing the contract. Contractors may use minority, women or disabled business enterprises certified by Howard County, Maryland; Maryland Department of Transportation; City of Baltimore, Maryland; or another certifying entity in order to satisfy the 15% subcontracting goal. Directories of other certified minority, women or disabled business enterprises can be accessed using the following links:

1. Click on the image above to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader
2. Follow the instructions on the Adobe Acrobat Reader file to install it on your PC.
3. Activate the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read the application form.