Sharon M. Jackson, Acting Executive Director
1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 281
Largo, Maryland 20774
Contact: Elzonia Smith
The Supplier Development and Diversity Division (SDDD) will be recognized as the premier supplier diversity program, creating the opportunity for economic empowerment in Prince George's County and throughout the region for Local, Small, Disadvantaged, Minority, and Veteran Businesses.
To stimulate a vibrant and sustainable inclusive and diverse supplier program by advocating for Strategic Sourcing; facilitating Business Development, and ensuring business Diversity and Inclusion that creates value for Local, Small, Minority, Disadvantaged and Veteran County Businesses that seek to foster job creation and increases the commercial tax base.
WHAT WE DO
SDDD is the "Connection to Resources and Opportunities." In that role, ,SDDD is the primary advocate for local, small, disadvantaged, minority and veteran-owned businesses seeking to do business with Prince George's County and in the region. By strongly advocating and outreaching to Prince George's County Businesses, we ensure that there are strategic sourcing opportunities and assure that local businesses are afforded an equitable share or procurements and contracted dollar opportunities.
Through legislation from the County Council, SDDD maintains and recruits businesses to register for the County Based Business Certification, which provides preferential opportunities for Local businesses that otherwise meet all of the other contract requirements. SDDD also provides education and training opportunities to ensure businesses have the competency and capacity to meet the demands of the procurement and strategic partnership opportunities.
COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS
Prince George's County is committed to creating and maintaining a world-class environment for Local Small Minority Businesses, and providing qualified and certified businesses equal access to Prince George's County procurement opportunities.
Prince George's County Code, Section 10A-136, requires the County Purchasing Agent to structure the procurement procedure and activities of the County to facilitate and encourage the award of at least thirty percent (30%) of the total dollar value of all County contracts awarded, directly or indirectly, to minority business enterprises. The County government actively encourages Local Small Minority Business Enterprises (LSMBEs) that provide quality products and services at competitive pricing to participate in our contracting and subcontracting activities. We believe in the value of a well-rounded business base.
We applaud the key role that LSMBEs play in the advancement of the national and local economy. LSMBEs are an essential element in the County's strategy for providing our customers and community with the most innovative customer focus service possible. The benefits that LSMBEs provide the citizens of the County with best in class products and services.