Notice of Business Opportunities
I. Where can I find procurement opportunities with Maryland?
Two significant changes have impacted procurements effective July 1, 2005. These changes resulted from House Bill 702 passed during the 2004 Session of the General Assembly, and apply to contracts solicited and awarded on or after July 1, 2005. Contracts solicited prior to July 1, 2005 will not be affected. eMaryland Marketplace (eMM) has been modified to accommodate these new requirements.
II. What solicitations are advertised in the Maryland Contract Weekly or posted on the Bid Board?
State agencies must endeavor to obtain broad-based competition from responsive and responsible bidders. Solicitations for contracts valued between $10,000 and $25,000 can be published in eMM. Most small procurements are advertised in the eMM and also can be found on individual agency Bid Boards. In addition, current bids and proposals for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are located in the Procurements section of this website. For contracts that are expected to exceed $25,000, Maryland law requires that a solicitation notice be published in the eMM at least 20 days before bids are due.
III. How Do I get a copy of a published solicitation?
The solicitation can be downloaded from the eMM or notice on the Department’s website.
IV. Explain the difference between large procurements and small procurements?
1. Large Procurements
For contracts that are expected to exceed $25,000, Maryland law requires that a solicitation notice be published in the eMM at least 20 days before bids are due. Additional information about the eMM is available on their website at: https://ebidmarketplace.com/
2. Small Procurements
A small procurement means the procedure used to obtain items reasonably expected by a procurement officer to cost $25,000 or less or, in the case of revenue-producing procurements, to provide annual gross revenues to the State of $25,000 or less (COMAR 21.05.07.01). All State agencies have authority to make awards of services and information technology (except telecommunications) procurement contracts that do not exceed $25,000, regardless of the method of source selection, e.g., competitive, sole source, or emergency procedures. The only limitation to this authority is that agencies may not artificially divide a single procurement requirement into a number of small procurements in order to avail themselves of this award authority. Because Maryland encourages broad-based competition from responsive bidders, notice of solicitations for contracts valued between $10,000 and $25,000 can be published eMM and/or posted on a physical agency bid board.