Government Contracting & Certification
Businesses engaged in government contracting are in good company in Montgomery County. Government Contracting is a strategic industry in the County and certification can add a competitive edge to companies interested in pursuing government work.
Montgomery County Procurement Resources
State and Local Procurement Resources
Federal Government Procurement Programs and Resources
- FedBizOpps.gov is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.
- System for Award Management (SAM) is part of the Federal Contractor Registry, a third-party registration assistance service created to address the needs of businesses looking to do business with federal, state and local governments. By handling the time-consuming and highly detailed task of System for Award Management registration (formerly CCR and ORCA legacy systems), FCR can help make sure that your company, as a federal contractor, is in a position to take advantage of the government’s ongoing commitment to the small business community.
- GSA's Federal Supply Schedules also known as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), are contracts that allow federal customers to acquire more than 4 million services and products directly from more than 8,600 commercial suppliers. Under the schedules program, GSA enters into contracts with commercial firms to provide supplies and services at stated prices for given periods of time.
- The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program assists socially and economically disadvantaged business owners to obtain or increase government contracts.
- List of Federal Government Prime Contractors in Maryland
Procurement Assistance and Support
Minority Business Certification
Government agencies and many private employers have programs to encourage procurement by local, women, minority, veteran, and/or disabled-owned firms. Certification by an independent third party is often required. The following organizations offer certification, as noted:
- Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), which include women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). This certification is recognized by Maryland and many local governments and agencies, including Montgomery County.
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), offers certification for Women Business Enterprises (WBE), which is widely recognized by the private sector and some governments.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), manages several certification programs including for Hub Zone, 8(a), Women Owned, and Veteran-owned & Service Disabled Veteran-owned enterprises that seek to qualify for federal contracting opportunities with the federal government.
- Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) recognized by the private sector and some governments.