Minority BusinessEnterprise/Women Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Maryland’s Minority Business Enterprise Program was enacted to encourage minority-owned firms to participate in the State procurement process.  To be eligible for certification as an MBE a business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  Currently the following groups can qualify as MBEs:

  • African American
  • Hispanic American
  • Asian American
  • Native American
  • Women
  • Disabled persons

Becoming certified as an MBE exposes you to work opportunities on State and local government projects.  Maryland law currently requires State agencies to make every effort to have 25% of their procurement contracts go directly or indirectly to certified MBE firms

How Can PK Law Help?

PK Law attorneys have significant experience representing and advising minority-owned and women-owned businesses (MBEs and WBEs) on:

  • Certification and procurement matters
  • Structuring and creating joint ventures and teaming arrangements
  • Advising businesses concerning MBE certification on the state and local levels
  • Representing WBEs in administrative appeals involving agency decisions to decertify
  • Providing legal advice to businesses concerning 8(a) small business certification and participation in mentor-protégé programs
  • Advising businesses on requirements for certification as a qualified HUBZone small business concern.
  • Government contracts
  • Business formation
  • Business litigation
  • Business sales and mergers