Government Contracting & Certification

Businesses engaged in government contracting are in good company in Montgomery County. Government Contracting is a strategic industry in the County and certification can add a competitive edge to companies interested in pursuing government work. 

Montgomery County Procurement Resources

  • Montgomery County Office of Procurement, provides information and guidelines regarding the purchase of services and products by Montgomery County government.  
  • The Montgomery County Inter-Agency Central Vendor Registration System is a collaborative effort between Montgomery County Government, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Housing Opportunities Commission and teh Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission to provide a one-stop registration system for companies who are interested in providing goods and services to any of the five county agencies. 
  • Montgomery County Minority, Female, Disabled (MFD) Program.  Montgomery County, in an effort to increase the amount of contracts awarded to minority vendors, has developed an initiative to support and assist MFD firms in obtaining government contracts.  
  • Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP).  The LSBRP was established to increase purchases to Montgomery County-based small businesses and requires County departments to seek local businesses for procurement opportunities.

State and Local Procurement Resources

Federal Government Procurement Programs and Resources

  • is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.
  • System for Award Management (SAM) is part of the Federal Contractor Registry, a third-party registration assistance service created to address the needs of businesses looking to do business with federal, state and local governments. By handling the time-consuming and highly detailed task of System for Award Management registration (formerly CCR and ORCA legacy systems), FCR can help make sure that your company, as a federal contractor, is in a position to take advantage of the government’s ongoing commitment to the small business community.
  • GSA's Federal Supply Schedules also known as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), are contracts that allow federal customers to acquire more than 4 million services and products directly from more than 8,600 commercial suppliers.  Under the schedules program, GSA enters into contracts with commercial firms to provide supplies and services at stated prices for given periods of time.
  • The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program assists socially and economically disadvantaged business owners to obtain or increase government contracts.
  • List of Federal Government Prime Contractors in Maryland

Procurement Assistance and Support

Minority Business Certification

Government agencies and many private employers have programs to encourage procurement by local, women, minority, veteran, and/or disabled-owned firms. Certification by an independent third party is often required. The following organizations offer certification, as noted: