Business Development Reserve

​The Business Development Reserve Program (BDRP) is a two year pilot that invites local Prince George's County Businesses to apply for participation in the program. For the first time, 50 applicants will be chosen from five (5) industries through a lottery system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Business Development Reserve Program (BDRP)?
  • What are the five (5) industries selected for the lottery system?
  • What are the requirements?
  • What are the requirements for the application enrollment process?
  • What is included in the Mandatory Boot Camp Classes?
  • What is the goal of the BDRP Pilot Program?
  • How do I register my company profile?
  • Do I have to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) to participate?
  • Who are considered MBE?
  • Can a not-for-profit organization qualify for the BDRP Pilot Program?
  • How can I participate in the County’s Supplier Diversity Program?
  • What’s the benefit of the BDRP Pilot Program?
  • What is CB 17?
  • Where can I find more information about upcoming LSMBE events and opportunities?

What is the Business Development Reserve Program (BDRP)?
The BDRP was created and designed to strongly encourage and assist County-based businesses to gain access to contract opportunities with Prince George’s County Government.

What are the five (5) industries selected for the lottery system?

  1. Health Department (Healthcare products and services
  2. Office of Information Technology (Information Technology products and services)
  3. Department of Public Works & Transportation (Construction Services)
  4. Department of Environmental Resources(Construction Services)
  5. Office of Central Services (Professional Non Professional Services and Products)

What are the requirements?

  • Small Business Suppliers must meet the definition of  a “small business” pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 21.01.02.01 (80);
  • Supplier classified as being in the construction industry by Section 23 of the current edition of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes;
  • Construction Suppliers must meet the federal definition of  “small business concern” in Part 121 of the Code of Federal Regulations;
  • The business must be small according to the size standards for small business concerns as determined by the businesses NAICS codes; pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 21.01.02.01. (80);
  • Minority businesses participating in the program must be certified by one of the authorized third party certifiers currently used by the County; (Maryland Department of  Transportation (MDOT), Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA)m Maryland District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD/DC MSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • The business must have been in business for at least two (2) years;
  • Total revenue must not exceed $10 million per year; and
  • Suppliers must meet County based business participation requirements per Section 10A-161 of the County Code.
  • In addition, BDRP pilot participants are required to complete a training program consisting of a set of core courses designed to enhance their business development and capacity.

What are the requirements for the application enrollment process?

  • All suppliers must complete an electronic application;
  • All certified MBE suppliers must have a valid certification at the time of application from one of the County’s designated Certification Agencies;
  • All suppliers must provide proof that their corporate headquarters is domiciled in Prince George’s County;
  • All suppliers must provide most recent version of all documents listed on the “Document Checklist for Suppliers”;

What are the requirements for the application enrollment process?

  • Each program participant will be assigned to a Business Analyst to ensure completeness of the application and ensure the supplier meets all requirements of the program;
  • If the supplier’s application is INCOMPLETE, supplier has until the end of the “Application Period” to provide all required information and data;
  • Supplier shall receive an electronic notification, “Not Prequalified” or “Pre-Qualified”;
  • Supplier will be assigned a randomly generated lottery number;
  • Lottery number will have an industry prefix to match the program function areas;
  • Electronic notifications will be disseminated to lottery winners and losers;
  • Winning suppliers will be required to take an “Assessment Test”, and
  • Suppliers will be notified of the “Development Track” 10 days after the assessment test.
  • Upon approval, supplier will be notified of acceptance in the BDRP Pilot Program;
  • Supplier will be sent a Notification of Acceptance along with a “Commitment Contract”;
  • Supplier must execute the “Commitment Contract” prior to participating in the BDRP Pilot Program;
  • Supplier must agree to complete “Mandatory Boot Camp Classes” within six (6) months.

What is included in the Mandatory Boot Camp Classes?

  • Doing Business with Prince George’s County-Understanding the Procurement Process
  • Cost Estimating and Budgeting
  • The Contract Management Process
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Communications:
    Planning Your Message
    Structuring Your Message
    Delivering Your Message
  • Marketing/Branding
  • Financial Infrastructure to Support New Businesses
  • Financial Planning 101
  • Proposal Preparation
  • Understanding the Loan Process
  • The Art of Building Business Relationships
  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Procrastination to Profit & Developing a Winning Capability Statement
  • Customer Service Excellence

What is the goal of the BDRP Pilot Program?
The goal of the BDRP Pilot Program is to assist local small businesses, including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Disadvantaged  Business Enterprises (DBEs), Service Disabled Veterans (SDV), and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUB Zones) to become competitive and effective in securing contracts with Prince George’s County Government and other customers.

How do I register my company profile?
Interested suppliers can register at www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/SDDD.  The deadline to register for the BDRP Pilot Program is February 28, 2013

Do I have to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) to participate?
Yes, all certified MBE suppliers must have a valid MBE/DBE certification at the time of application from one of the designated agencies  listed below:

  • Prince George’s County
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Who are considered MBE?
Businesses that are at least 51% owned and controlled by minority individuals belonging to the following groups:

  • African Americans (Black Americans)
  • Asian Americans
  • Hispanics Americans
  • Native American
  • Veterans & Service Disabled Veterans
  • Females

Can a not-for-profit organization qualify for the BDRP Pilot Program?
Not-for profit organizations are not precluded from applying for the BDRP Program as a Local Business.

How can I participate in the County’s Supplier Diversity Program?

The Supplier Diversity Program in Prince George’s County requires certification with either the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the Maryland-District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council(MD/DC MSDC), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO) and the completion of the County’s Vendor Online Registration.

To obtain Diverse Supplier certification in Prince George’s County, please follow these two steps:

  • Register your company in the County at: www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/SDDD  - Vendor on-line registration
  • Complete a Minority Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE) Application with at least one of the following organizations:
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
    1 800 544-6056 – website: www.mdot.state.md.us
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

(202) 962-2409 – website: www.wmata.com
How can I participate in the County’s Supplier Diversity Program?

  • Maryland-District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development
    Council  (MD/DC MSDC)
    (301) 592-6700 – website: www.mddccouncil.org
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    (202) 303-3260 – website: www.va.gov
  • Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO)
    (202) 595-2632 – website: www.wpeo.us
  • Once your company is approved by MDOT, WMATA, MD/DC MSDC, WNENC or the VA, submit a copy of your MBE/DBE certification letter to the following address:

    Supplier Development & Diversity Division (SDDD)
    1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 281
    Largo, MD  20774
    (301) 883-6480  main number (301) 883-6479 fax

    What is the benefit of the BDRP Program?

  • The BDRP will help stimulate and expand the local tax base;
  • The BDRP will increase the number of viable employment opportunities for Prince George’s County residents;
  • The BDRP will allow for the award of task orders quickly but at a competitive price; and
  • The BDRP is in alignment with CB 17
  • What is CB 17?
    CB 17, also known as the Jobs First Act, is an Economic Development and Local Employment initiative.   The purpose of CB-17 is to enhance the County’s economic development by creating bidding preferences and participation for County-based businesses.  CB 17 also:

  • Creates bidding preferences and participation requirements for Local Small Minority Business Enterprise (LSMBE) businesses;
  • Establishes a First Source Hiring Program for positions on certain procurement projects directly funded by the County and procurement contracts in County assisted developments;
  • Authorizes the use of Community Benefit Agreement on County assisted developments that receive a public benefit of a value greater than $3,000,000 with certain exceptions;
  • Gives priority to LSMBE in all Minority Business Enterprise goals for minority contracting and purchasing;
  • Requires subcontracting plans for certain contracts and generally relating to economic development in the County; and
  • CB 17 requires the Supplier Development & Diversity Division (formerly Minority Business Development Division) to certify County-based businesses.
  • Where can I find more information about upcoming LSMBE events and opportunities?
    The Supplier Development & Diversity Division (SDDD) conducts FREE monthly workshops/trainings throughout the County. SDDD also maintains a Calendar of Events where you will find valuable information related to conferences, workshops and seminars.   We invite you to visit our website at www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/SDDD  for more information.