Supplier Diversity Program

SMECO has a Supplier Diversity Program to achieve the goal stated in the July 15, 2009, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC):

“to voluntarily pursue a target goal of 25% of eligible procurements from minority-, women-, and service disabled veteran-owned businesses, and not-for-profit entities organized to promote the interests of physically or mentally disabled individuals.”

Register for SMECO’s Supplier Diversity Program

Registering through the supplier portal is a new requirement being enforced through all procurement contracts and purchase orders.

As a SMECO supplier, if the value of your contract exceeds $550,000, you will be required to report Tier 2 spending for any subcontractor you use. Use the supplier portal to file your report.

A Partner within the Business Community:

SMECO is proud to serve as community partner to a variety of statewide and regional organizations, such as:

  • Maryland Utility Forum on Supplier Diversity;
  • Local and regional Chambers of Commerce;
  • Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland Minority Business Opportunities Task Force (MBOT) and the developed Smart Business Tool and Directory;
  • Member of the Women Presidents’ Education Organization

Certification:

SMECO encourages all small and diverse suppliers to obtain the eligible federal and state recognized supplier certifications. There are many organizations that may be able to assist a small and diverse business with its business certification, including the following:

In addition, the local chambers of commerce, Maryland Procurement & Technical Assistance Program (www.mdptap.org), and other business alliances can assist in identifying appropriate third parties who can certify a supplier as an eligible small or diverse business.

SMECO’s Expectations of the Supplier:

  • Register as a SMECO supplier
  • Get certified as a small and/or diverse supplier
  • Get acquainted with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
  • Be competitive
  • Take advantage of teaming, partnering, and subcontracting opportunities
  • Join and access available organizations and resources
  • Provide feedback to SMECO to develop a positive exchange of ideas or information to solve current issues and introduce new initiatives

Primary Procurement Opportunities:

  • Electric utility transmission and distribution construction
  • Professional services (engineering, consulting, etc.)
  • Electric utility plant equipment (transformers, conductors, etc.)
  • Technology services (information technology, security, etc.)
  • Building and maintenance services of office buildings
  • Office equipment and products

Register Now:

To register online: smeco.starssmp.com

For more information: supplier.diversity@smeco.coop

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