Business Opportunities

Find new opportunities to do business with Howard County on our website and on our PlanetBids Online Portal. We aim to make participating in County procurements as easy, secure, and reliable as possible.

All sealed bids and proposals will be received by the Howard County Office of Procurement and Contract Administration until the date and time indicated, when they will be opened and read. All bids and proposals in response to solicitations in our e-procurement system must be submitted electronically on PlanetBids.

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PlanetBids Online Portal

Instructions for Entering Electronic Bids

eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)

PlanetBids Online Portal

Howard County is committed to providing an equal opportunity for all business enterprises to participate in our procurement opportunities. The County utilizes a web-based procurement system hosted by PlanetBids (PB System), provided at no cost to all interested businesses.

PlanetBids allows suppliers to:

  • Search for procurement opportunities
  • Download bid documents
  • Receive addenda
  • Submit electronic bids
  • View bid results
  • Sign up for solicitation email notifications related to your business

All responses are due by the time indicated on each solicitation and late responses will not be accepted. It is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure that the most complete and current version of the solicitation, including addenda, has been obtained.

The County may post solicitations on either the County's website and/or PlanetBids. Suppliers are encouraged to check the County's Current Solicitations and to register on PlanetBids.

Please note: Suppliers are responsible for maintaining up to date and accurate business profile information in the PB System. Suppliers must provide a valid email address to receive solicitation notifications. The County strongly recommends that suppliers provide two email contact addresses to minimize the chance of missing the automated email notifications. This profile information can be updated at anytime.

For all technical assistance, suppliers must reach out to PlanetBids directly.

eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)

Formal solicitation notifications are also posted on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA).

For more information, please visit https://procurement.maryland.gov/

Architect-Engineer Qualifications Form

The Architect-Engineer Qualification Form, also referred to as the “Standard Form 330” or “SF330” is the contractor information and qualification form required with the vendors response to an EOI solicitation.

Architect-Engineer Qualification Form

Current Solicitations
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A Pre-Bid Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on December 2, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link.

Opening Date: January 4, 2023
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Buyer: Chaunta Taylor

Title
IFB-2023-10 LIQUID SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT
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Opening Date: January 4, 2023
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Buyer: Rena A. Agee

Title
IFB-2023-20 VIDEO INSPECTION OF SANITARY SEWER MAINS
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Opening Date: December 1, 2022
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Buyer: Rena A. Agee

Title
IFB-2023-24 BLEEDING CONTROL BACKPACKS
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Opening Date: December 21, 2022
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Buyer: Ana Cronk

Title
RFP-06-2023 USER FEE STUDY
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A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on November 30, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link.

Opening Date: December 14, 2022
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Buyer: Jennie Rittenhouse

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RFP-10-2023 RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES
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A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on November 30, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link.

Opening Date: December 14, 2022
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Buyer: Jalene Duressa

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