Enterprise Interim Certification Program

LARGO, MD – As part of Prince George’s County’s ongoing effort to increase efficiency and streamline the procurement process, the Office of Central Services (OCS) Minority Business Development Division (MBDD) has discontinued the issuance of interim certifications for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program.

“Our mission is to maximize procurement opportunities for Prince George’s County registered certified MBEs,” said MBDD Executive Director Roland Jones. “We are discontinuing this program to ensure that companies are not unfairly awarded contracts with Prince George’s County based on their perceived MBE status.”

In 1996, the Minority Business Interim Certification Program was established by the Minority Business Opportunities Commission (MBOC), whereby firms that are certified in selected jurisdictions could participate in the procurement process through the County’s MBE program on a temporary basis. This also included firms that were in the process of becoming certified. This six-month interim certification allowed vendors to bid on County solicitations as certified MBEs.

The Division will honor all interim certifications that were issued on or before July 27, 2011. After that date, interim certifications will no longer be issued.

The County accepts MBE Certifications issued by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Maryland-District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD-DC/MSDC), as part of the County’s MBE registration program. We also accept Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certifications, issued pursuant to Title 49 Part 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations, for certain U.S. Department of Transportation-funded contracts only.