Supplier Development and Diversity

Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Implements New Temporary County-based Certification for Local Businesses

For Immediate Release: 1/27/2014 9:20 AM


LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Supplier Development & Diversity Division announces that a new resolution to the Jobs First Act is in effect that allows the County to issue temporary County-based certifications to businesses whose principle place of operation is located in Prince George’s County. The purpose of the temporary certification is to consider local businesses with certain existing business certifications to be certified County-based businesses for a period of one year, while undergoing the normal County-based business certification process.

“The County recognizes that the introduction of new business certification processes can be confusing and often requires a significant period of transition,” said Sharon Moore Jackson, acting executive director, Prince George’s County Supplier Development & Diversity Division. “We want local businesses to have every opportunity possible to take advantage of the benefits of the County-based certification.”

Once issued, the temporary certification will be in place for a period of one year, giving sufficient time to complete the standard County-based certification process. Companies interested in temporary County-based certifications must be headquartered in Prince George’s County and must have an existing Minority Business Enterprise/Disadvantage Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE) certification with at least one of the following organizations:

· Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)

· Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

· Maryland-District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD-DC/MSDC)

· U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

· Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO)

· U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA);

and/or certified with the U.S. Small Business Administration as a social or economically disadvantaged business or as a HUBZone small business.

The resolution to the Jobs First Act regarding temporary certifications will expire July 1, 2015. After this date, temporary certifications will no longer be issued.

The Supplier Development & Diversity Division will begin hosting FREE monthly trainings on the Count-based certification process. For more information regarding this resolution or the Jobs First Act, please contact SDDD at 301-883-6480 or visit