Certification Process

Certification is the process by which a business is determined to be a bona fide Minority Business Enterprise or Women's Business Enterprise by the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office. There is no application fee.

Criteria

  • Independently owned and operated business
  • In operation 12 months before applying for certification
  • Minority or women-owned for at least 12 months before applying for certification
  • Have an operating office in the Baltimore City Market Area

Baltimore City Market Area

Baltimore City Market Area means the following geographic regions of Maryland:

  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Howard County
  • Carroll County
  • Queen Anne's County
  • Harford County

Certification vs. Pre-qualification

Pre-qualification and certification are different processes. Pre-qualification is the process by which the City's Office of Boards and Commissions (the "Office") determines the work capacity of a contractor. Through an analysis of a contractor's basic financial information, the Office assigns a base capacity rating.

The pre-qualification and work capacity rating provide the City with some assurances that the contractor has the experience and resources to perform the requirements of a contract. To obtain a pre-qualification application, call the Office of Boards and Commissions at (410) 396-6883. Certification, as noted above, is the process by which a business is determined to be a minority-owned or woman-owned business. The Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office certify firms as MBE or WBE.

How To Apply

Complete the online application

Access the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) Online Question Submission Form.

The preferred method of contacting the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office is via the online question submission form or via email to the specific MWBOO staff member.  You may contact the office via mail at:

City Hall, Room 101
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-4355

MBE/WBE Directory

Click here to access the Certified MBE/WBE Directory