Montgomery County’s unique location allows for doing business not just with local and regional governments, but the federal government as well. See below for access to some of these federal contracting opportunities.
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
Montgomery County Office of Procurement provides information and guidelines regarding the purchase of services and products by Montgomery County government.
Contract Administrators: departmental contacts that purchase goods and services.
- How to do business with the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Resources.
- How to become a contractor for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation.
The Montgomery County Inter-Agency Central Vendor Registration System is a collaborative effort between Montgomery County Government, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Housing Opportunities Commission and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission to provide a one-stop registration system for companies who are interested in providing goods and services to any of the five county agencies.
Montgomery County Minority, Female, Disabled (MFD) Program. Montgomery County has developed an initiative to support and assist MFD firms in obtaining government contracts in an effort to increase the amount of contracts awarded to minority vendors.
Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP). The LSBRP was established to increase the utilization of Montgomery County-based small businesses for county purchases. County departments are required to seek local businesses for procurement opportunities.
State and Local Agencies 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) Government Contracting Programs to assist small, woman, minority and veteran-owned and disadvantaged business owners obtain or increase government contracts.
Procurement Assistance and Support
Veteran Institute for Procurement is a training and assistance program established by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce to help Veteran-owned businesses to access government contracts.
Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) helps companies to identify, bid and perform on government contracts with federal, state, and local government.
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.
Information for businesses interested in becoming a vendor for Montgomery County Government:
- County contracting opportunities and contracts.
- Frequently asked Questions about contracting with Montgomery County.
- How to become a contractor for the Recreation Department.
- Local Small Business Reserve Program – sets certain opportunities aside for local small businesses only.
- Minority, Female & Disabled Owned Business Program – establishes goals for the utilization of minority, female and disabled-owned businesses.