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Welcome to the Office of Minority Business Enterprise 

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is Maryland's official certification agency for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. We ensure only bona fide MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE firms participate in our program through our comprehensive certification program.  Certified firms appear in MDOT's Online Directory of Certified Firms.

Please visit the "Certifications and Forms" page for information on the certification programs and required documentation.  Please contact the OMBE office for assistance regarding the certification programs. 

History of MDOT's Certification Programs

MBE Program

Established in 1978, Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise Program is the oldest in the country. The MBE/DBE program was established to ensure that small, minority- and women-owned firms had the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in both State and United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally funded projects.  Please see below for the MBE Program legislative history.


DBE Program

In addition to implementing the State's MBE Program, which has a 29% overall participation goal, MDOT also implements the DBE program for contracts funded by the USDOT.  Individual DBE Program goals are only established for each of MDOT's federally funded business units; MDOT SHA, MDOT MAA, MDOT MTA, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).  Current DBE Program participation goals are as follows:

  • MDOT MAA: 27.5% (26.11% Race Conscious & 1.39% Race Neutral)*
  • MDOT MTA: 30.00% (21.58% Race Conscious  & 8.42% Race Neutral)*
  • MPOs: 31.7% (15.2% Race Conscious & 16.5% Race Neutral)
  • MDOT SHA: 26.04% (22.98% Race Conscious & 3.06% Race Neutral)

(* MDOT MAA’s & MDOT MTA’s DBE goals are pending approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & Federal Transit Administration (FTA), respectively.)

Any questions regarding overall DBE goals please submit all inquiries to

SBE Program

In 2014, the SBE program was introduced as a race-and-gender neutral program designed to provide contracting opportunities to small businesses on USDOT federally-aided projects with the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA), and MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA).


For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2018

Personal Net Worth Cap for Certified MBE Firms Increases Effective January 1, 2019

Annual Adjustment Required by Law

HANOVER, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) announced that the Personal Net Worth (PNW) cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program increased from $1,713,333 to $1,749,347 effective January 1, 2019.

As required by Maryland law, the State’s MBE Program adjusts its PNW cap annually based on the Consumer Price Index. MDOT, as the official certification agency for the State, is responsible for calculating the annual cap. The PNW cap applies to any disadvantaged owner whose ownership interest in a firm is relied upon for certification in the MBE Program and all MBE certification decisions rendered between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. In addition to the PNW cap, firms must meet eligibility requirements for minority status, ownership, control and size.

The PNW cap in place for the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is not affected. Accordingly, the DBE cap on personal net worth remains $1,320,000.

MDOT is committed to ensuring that small minority and women-owned businesses have the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in the procurement process. The certification process ensures that bona fide disadvantaged firms receive the MBE designation in support of the State’s minority business inclusion efforts.

For information about MBE/DBE certification, contact OMBE at 410-865-1269 or visit the Minority Business Enterprise tab at

OMBE Office:

Attention eMaryland Marketplace Vendors IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) is excited to introduce you to the new eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)! On behalf of DGS, below are some important considerations as you begin to use eMMA:

Accessing eMMA

You can find the link to the new eMMA system by visiting

Your login credentials will be:

  • Username = your email address
  • Password = emma.vendor!

(NOTE: You should change your password upon initial login by accessing your profile settings in the top right corner of the eMMA homepage) 

IMPORTANT: If you completed the “Vendor Information Questionnaire,” your preliminary vendor profile is already in the new system. Please take the time to complete your vendor profile once you login. You will need to update your commodity codes in eMMA. Please consult the below Quick Reference Guide (QRG) – “Managing Vendor Profile” – for details.

If you did not complete the Questionnaire, or if the above login information does not work, click the link for “New Vendor? Register Now” to complete the vendor registration.

Solicitations in process prior to July 17, 2019

Your Procurement Officer will update the Solicitation and explain the method(s) of submission, which could include the following:

  • Resubmit via eMMA (electronically);
  • Resubmit via paper response format; or
  • Resubmit via secure/password-protected email.

Questions and support for eMMA

There are numerous Quick Reference Guides available on  these guides provide step-by-step instructions and screenshots on working within eMMA.  For your convenience, please see below for two (2) guides that will help you create and/or manage your profile in the new eMMA system.  For questions, please email

  - eMMA QRG Registering as a Vendor v4.pdf
  - eMMA QRG - Managing Vendor Profile v2.pdf


Attention MBE/DBE/SBE Firms: Be aware of spam emails
If you ever receive an email that you believe to be suspicious, please contact the OMBE at 410-865-1269.