Prince George’s County Signs Memorandum Of Understanding with Women President’s Educational Organization

LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Women President’s Education Organization (WPEO-DC), in which the County now accepts certifications from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Adding a new component to the County’s MBE program, this new partnership ensures that certified women business enterprises (WBEs) will have maximum opportunity to do business with the County.

“In order for Prince George’s County to continue to spur economic development, expand the commercial tax base, and diversify our business landscape, we must continue to find ways to streamline our processes and make our County more welcoming to businesses,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “The WPEO is a great organization with a sound certification process and this MOU recognizes the good work they do. Women-owned businesses are some of the fastest growing, most innovative and creative companies in this region and I believe this MOU will encourage more women-owned businesses to conduct business in Prince George’s County.”

Under the MOU, woman-owned companies that are WBENC certified will be qualified for MBE certification with Prince George’s County. Once the business applies for County MBE certification and that company’s qualifying WBE status is confirmed, the County will register that business as a County certified MBE. In addition, the WBE will be registered in the County’s procurement database.

“Today, there are great economic opportunities taking place in Prince George’s County. This agreement is an economic development bridge for women-owned businesses to do business with the County,” said Roland L. Jones, executive director, Minority Business Development Division. “We are extremely excited to add certified WBEs to our pool of qualified MBEs, who can take advantage of these growth opportunities and successfully compete in the market place.”

In addition to WBENC, the county accepts MBE certifications from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and the Maryland-District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD-DC/MSDC).

Under the MBE legislation, the county is allowed to consider certifications from for- profit businesses, physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories, 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled on a daily basis by a minority or members of a minority group.