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

Title

IFB-2025-01 FIELD & ROAD MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS

Content

Opening Date: August 7, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contract Analyst: Michael Stirewalt

 

Title

IFB-2025-02 PERSONAL EMERGENCY REPSONSE SYSTEMS (PERS)

Content

Opening Date: August 14, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contract Analyst: Michael Stirewalt

Title

IFB-2025-05 NITRILE EXAM GLOVES

Content

Opening Date: August 14, 2024
Opening time: 11:00 A.M.
Contract Analyst: Ana K. Cronk

 

Title

IFB-2024-12 HOWARD COUNTY REHABILITATION PLANS FOR 9 BRIDGE STRUCTURES, CAPITAL PROJECT NO. B3857

Content

A Pre-Bid Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on June 13, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link. 

Opening Date: August 7, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Senior Contract Analyst: Michael V. Decker, CPPB

Title

IFB-2024-40 DORSEY RUN SEWER IMPROVEMENTS

Content

A Pre-Bid Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on June 6, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link.

Opening Date: July 24, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Senior Contract Analyst: Michael V. Decker, CPPB

Title

IFB-2024-47 ON-CALL WATER RECLAMATION PLANT & PUMP STATION CONSTRUCTION

Content

A Pre-Bid Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on July 11, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link. 

Opening Date: August 7, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Senior Contract Analyst: Michael V. Decker, CPPB

Title

IFB-2024-48 LONGFELLOW PHASE 1 AREA WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT, CAPITAL PROJECT NO. W8336

Content

A Pre-Bid Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on June 27, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link. 

Opening Date: July 24, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Senior Contract Analyst: Michael V. Decker, CPPB

Title

RFP-11-2024 CAFETERIA (SNACK BAR) SERVICES

Content

A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on July 10, 2024 at 2:30 P.M. at the following location:

Howard County Court House
9250 Judicial Way
Columbia, MD  

*Please register by selecting the RVSP button in the eProcurement system (PlanetBids).

Opening Date: August 14, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Deputy Procurement Administrator: Jennie Rittenhouse

Title

RFP-22-2024 LIFE/AD&D, DISABILITY, VOLUNTARY BENEFITS AND LEAVE MANAGEMENT

Content

Revised Opening Date: July 31, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Deputy Procurement Administrator: Jennie Rittenhouse

Title

RFP-01-2025 LABORATORY ANALYTICAL SUPPORT SERVICES

Content

A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held virtually via WebEx on August 1, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. Please see PlanetBids for the meeting link. 

Opening Date: August 14, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Deputy Procurement Administrator: Jennie Rittenhouse

Title

RFP-05-2025 ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD ABATEMENT SERVICES

Content

Opening Date: August 14, 2024
Opening Time: 11:00 A.M.
Deputy Procurement Administrator: Jennie Rittenhouse

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