It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City's contracting process by encouraging full and equitable participation by minority and women's business enterprises in the provision of goods and services to the City on a contractual basis.
The mission of the Law Department is to provide vigorous and successful advocacy of the interests of the City in litigation matters; protect the corporate and financial interests of the City in the negotiation and consummation of contractual, financial, and real estate transactions; aggressively defend the City in liability cases; enhance and expand a collections effort; and provide sound legal advice and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and City departments, boards, and commissions.
Functions and Duties of Office
The Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) is responsible for administering Article 5, Subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code (2007 Edition).
Specific duties include:
- Certification of Minority Business Enterprises and Women's Business Enterprises
- Maintaining a directory of certified business enterprises
- Investigating alleged violations of Article 5, Subtitle 28
- Certifying compliance with Article 5, Subtitle 28 before contracts are submitted to the Board of Estimates for award
- Setting MBE and WBE participation goals on each City contract
- Establishing annual goals for MBE and WBE participation in each area of contracting and procurement
The MBE/WBE Directory lists certified businesses in alphabetical order and by services. The MWBOO expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this directory. Information in this directory should be verified with the MWBOO at (410) 396-4355.
Baltimore Disparity Study
The City of Baltimore is currently conducting a disparity study for its Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Program for City procurement and contracting activities. To determine that this Program remains legally defensible and administratively successful, the City has undertaken this study to gather and analyze the type of evidence required by the federal courts.