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Executive Kittleman hails progress of Local Business Initiative established in November 2015

Executive Kittleman hails progress of Local Business Initiative established in November 2015

June 29, 2016

Media Contact:
Andy Barth, Press Secretary, 410-313-2132 (o), 410-303-2039 (c)

ELLICOTT CITY, MD. -- County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today released figures showing substantial progress in his efforts to see that county funds are spent with local companies whenever possible, and to encourage growth, success and diversity among local business owners.

In just eight months since Kittleman signed an Executive Order creating a Local Business Initiative, 33 companies have registered with the County’s Office of Purchasing and have been certified as maintaining their principal place of business in Howard County.  Since the Local Business Initiative was established, $772,133.05 in county funds have been spent on projects with these local enterprises, and of that amount, $170,133.05 has gone to minority-owned companies.

“Our local business owners have asked for a fair chance to compete for county business,” Kittleman said.  “County procurement dollars come directly from our taxpayers, and by spending that money here in the County, we are supporting jobs and making Howard County more economically sustainable.”

The companies that have registered thus far include firms providing information technology, real estate development, financial planning, marketing, pest control, chemical distribution, and janitorial services.  The contracts awarded range from a few hundred dollars to more than a hundred thousand dollars.

The initiative also encourages private firms to consider contracting with local Howard County companies when needed.  “Local businesses are a pivotal driver of our county’s economy,” Kittleman said.  “I believe we, as a community, should do all we can to support them.”

One of the businesses enrolled in the program is Inband Networks of Elkridge. Company President Lisa Bernard said, “The Local Business Initiative has been extremely valuable in enabling us to provide products to the county.  It has helped us grow.”

Businesses seeking to register as a local firm can find an Application for Certification on the Office of Purchasing website at www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Purchasing.

Last week Kittleman also introduced legislation to clarify the County Code and provide more convenience for those companies doing business with Howard County Government.

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