Central Region: Local Resources

         

CERTIFICATIONS

The Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Network, in conjunction with other agencies, provides the opportunity for small business owners to become certified through the state and federal government. These certifications allows the business owner to appreciate special benefits and access to resources given by the specific agency. Below is a list of certification programs that the SBTDC can assist small businesses prepare for:


HUBZone Empowerment Contract
Small Business Administration (SBA)
10 S. Howard Street, Suite 6220
Baltimore, MD 21201
410.962.4392 (Voice)
410.962.1805 (Fax)
http://www.sba.gov/hubzone
The purpose of the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) empowerment contracting is to encourage economic development through establishment of preferences for awards of federal contracts to small businesses located in such areas.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program
Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Minority Business Enterprise
7201 Corporate Center Drive, P.O. Box 548
Hanover, MD 21076
1.800.544.6056 (Toll Free)
410.865.1269 (Voice)
410.865.1342 (TYY)
http://www.mdot.state.md.us/MBE_Program/overview/
The Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Minority Business Enterprise has two primary functions: Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification for the State of Maryland and the administration and coordination of the MBE Program within the MDOT administrations.

Minority Enterprise Development - 8(a) Program
Small Business Administration (SBA)
10 S. Howard Street, Suite 6220B
Baltimore, MD 21201
410.962.4392 (Voice)
410.962.1805 (Fax)
http://www.sba.gov/8abd/
The SBA's Section 8(a) Program is intended for business development purposes to help socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. SBA assists these firms in gaining equal access to the resources necessary to develop their business and, thereby, improve their ability to compete on an equal basis in the mainstream of the American economy. To participate in the 8(a) program, a business must be at least 51 percent unconditionally owned an operated by an individual(s) who is a socially and economically disadvantaged citizen of the United States.

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Certification
Small Business Administration (SBA)
10 S. Howard Street, Suite 6220
Baltimore, MD 21201
410.962.4392 (Voice)
410.962.1805 (Fax)
http://www.sba.gov/sdb/
Major reforms of federal government procurement programs are being implemented to assist Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB). The SBA now processes SDB certification applications. To qualify as an SDB, a firm must be owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Congress has directed that individuals who are members of certain ethnic groups are presumed to be disadvantaged. Other persons, including women and persons of any race, can also qualify by establishing their disadvantaged status.