Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program

Maryland’s VSBE Program provides contracting opportunities on state-funded procurements for qualified veteran-owned small businesses. Designated agencies /departments are directed to spend at least 1% of the total dollar value of their procurement contracts either directly (prime contractors) or indirectly (subcontractors) with certified VSBE firms. Only the work of a certified VSBE firm can be counted toward meeting an established VSBE contract goal. 

Businesses seeking to participate in the VSBE Program must (1) meet the size standards adopted by the United States Small Business Administration in 13 C.F.R. 121.201 and any subsequent revision of that regulation, and; (2) must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are veterans.  A veteran is defined as an individual who is verified as having served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, other than for training, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. 

Certification as a VSBE vendor 
requires 2 elements: 
(1) Vendor Registration and 
(2) Veteran Verification

Vendor Registration - VSBE firms must complete the vendor registration in eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), Maryland's eProcurement platform. Vendors registered in eMMA receive email notices of procurement opportunities available across all state agencies/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.

During the registration process, vendors who meet the VSBE Program 's elegibility standards should select VSBE under the Procurement Programs category. If you are currently certified by VetBiz, enter your DUNS number in the box provided. If you have already completed the vertification process with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, enter your verification number in the box provided.

If you do not have a verification number at the time you register as a vendor, you can update your vendor profile once you complete the veteran verification process. 

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 veriefied by one of the following entities:

     Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

      U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Complete information regarding the verification process can be found by utilizing the website links provided above.

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. 

Your business may also
qualify for procurement
 opportunities through the
Small Business Reserve (SBR)
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)​ Programs. 

Please take time to learn more about these programs and their eligibility standards. ​

Program Qualification Warning

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: 

  1. A determination by a Procurement Officer that a bidder or offeror is not responsible;
  2. A determination by a Procurement Officer that the company is ineligible to participate in a VSBE goal designation; 
  3. A determination that a contract entered into is void or voidable under §11-204 of the State Finance and Procurement Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland;
  4. Suspension and debarment under Title 16 of the State Finance and Procurement Article;
  5. Criminal prosecution of procurement fraud under §11-205.1 of the State Finance and Procurement Article, perjury, or other crimes;
  6. Civil penalties under the Maryland False Claims Act under Title 8 of the General Provisions Article; and
  7. Other actions permitted by law.