OverviewMaryland’s VSBE Program provides contracting opportunities on state-funded procurements for qualified veteran-owned small businesses. Designated agencies and departments are directed to spend at least 1% of the dollar value of their procurement contracts with certified VSBE firms.
Only the work of a certified VSBE firm, performing as either a prime contractor or a subcontractor, can be counted toward an established VSBE contract goal. There is no cost to obtain certification, and once certified, firms must renew annually.
The number of certified vendors in the VSBE Program, and the diversity of products and services they provide, makes a big impact on how VSBE goals are set on a contract. Increasing the VSBE vendor pool will ultimately lead to increased VSBE goals on state-funded contracts.
Vendor Registration - VSBE firms must be registered as a vendor on the state's e-Procurement platform - eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). Vendors registered in eMMA receive email notices of procurement opportunities from state agencies and departments valued over $15,000. County and local governments use the platform to advertise their procurements as well. There is no cost to register in eMMA.
When registering as a new vendor on eMMA, look for the section titled Procurement Programs, State Programs, and navigate to the Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) section. Select "No" to indicate you are not currently enrolled in the VSBE Program, then a new box will appear. Select "Yes" to indicate you would like to apply to the VSBE Program, then continue with the registration process. Once you have successfully registered as a vendor, log into your account. You will see a notice of "Missing Mandatory Credentials/Documents," Follow that link to the Credentials section. Navigate to the Certifications section and select Add Certifications. Under the Type category, choose Certification/VSBE Application, and answer the three questions to verify you meet the program's eligibility standards and accept the terms and conditions. Save and Submit the application.
Veteran Verification - The veteran verification process includes, but may not be limited to, completion and submission of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Veteran status must be verified by one of the following entities:
(1) VSBE Program Verification of Veteran Status Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (If you own more than one business, call 410-697-9600 for specific instructions.)
Complete information regarding the verificationprocess can be found by utilizing thewebsite links provided above.
VSBE Certification - Upon completing the eMMA registration and verifying your veteran status, log into your eMMA account to update your vendor profile and complete the certification process. Select the Company Profile tab to be routed to the Company Info section. Under Procurement Programs, State Programs, enter your veteran verification number in the box titled "VSBE Certification #."
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs veteran verification number is a combination of letters and numbers. Enter them all. The VetBiz verification number is the company's DUNS number.
Be sure to save your changes before exiting eMMA.
Change of Status Notification - Notify the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women’s Business Affairs within thirty (30) days of any change affecting the firm’s ability to meet the VSBE Program eligibility requirements.
Providing False Information A person providing false information to the State in connection with retaining, obtaining or attempting to obtain a contract or subcontract under VSBE Program may be subject to one or more of the following:
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