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Welcome to the Office of Minority Business Enterprise 

As Maryland’s Official Certification agency, this is your online resource for information regarding certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

Please contact the office by clicking here if we can answer questions regarding the certification process, help you select the appropriate application and document checklist, or assist you in locating certified firms in the online directory.

For valuable information about events targeted toward small, minority- and women-owned businesses across Maryland, be sure to visit the Calendar of Events. The Resources & Information Section is also a valuable tool for firms seeking MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE certification as well as firms that are already certified.

Important Notices


Online Applications!

OMBE is excited to announce that we now offer an online application process! applicants may visit the MBE online application portal at to complete a company profile and upload all supporting documents.  Applicants who complete the online application process will receive a correspondence that confirms receipt of their information immediately after submission of all required documents, and subsequent email correspondences if additional information or corrections are required.   The OMBE will continue to accept paper submissions as well and applicants are welcome to hand deliver or mail their information to the address listed above. 



** 2016 MBE Disparity Study **


Please click here for information regarding changes for Not-for-Profit and Community Rehabilitation Program Entities and the MBE Program.


The Maryland Department of Transportation has proposed an overall DBE Program goal for Maryland’s State Highway Administration (SHA) of 27.16% for Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2016 through 2018, to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  Click here for additional information.

See Resources & Information section for revised Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Manual (pp.31,35,50,63,77,88), including changes to the State Department of Assesments and Taxation requirements for certification.