Supplier Development and Diversity

Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Supplier Diversity Division Certifies 201 County-Based Businesses

For Immediate Release: 7/11/2014 1:30 PM

Contact: Denise Roberts-Outreach Program Manager -301-883-6480—office, 240-417-8013—mobile

LARGO, MDAs of June 30, 2014, the Prince George’s County Supplier Development & Diversity Division (SDDD) in the Office of Central Services has certified 201 County-based businesses, exceeding its goal of 200 for FY 2014.

Under the Jobs First Act (CB-17-2011), beginning July 1, 2013, SDDD began using the new bidding preferences and participation requirements for certified local, small, minority, disadvantaged, veteran and service disabled veteran-owned businesses.  To date, 201 companies are now eligible to do business with the County as certified-Prince George’s County-based businesses.  These companies come from various industry clusters, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Professional Services and Construction.

“With the large amount of opportunities happening in Prince George’s County, it is imperative that businesses get certified,” said Sharon Moore Jackson, Acting Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Supplier Development & Diversity Division. “We have streamlined our process and are ready to do the work on behalf of firms who want to do business with Prince George’s County.”

With the goal of ensuring that 50% of the dollar volume of Prince Georges County procurement of goods and services be directed to County Based Businesses, it becomes imperative that businesses located within the county are certified as county-based. In order to maximize the opportunities for County based businesses, the Jobs First Act, gives 15 preference points to County Based Small Businesses and 10 preference points to County Based Businesses.

The Supplier Development & Diversity Division holds FREE monthly trainings on the County-based certification process the second Tuesday of every month.  The County-based Certification process can take up to 90 days upon receipt of the application. For more information on the Jobs First Act or how to become certified, please visit