Supplier Diversity Program

SMECO is committed to increasing procurements from small and diverse businesses through its Supplier Diversity Program. In July 2009, SMECO signed a 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.”

How to do business with SMECO:

We require suppliers for all procurement contracts and purchase orders to register through our supplier portal:

Register for SMECO’s Supplier Diversity Program

If the value of a contract exceeds $550,000, suppliers must report Tier 2 spending for any subcontractors used. Use the portal above to submit Tier 2 reports.

SMECO’s Expectation of Suppliers:

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

Certification:

SMECO encourages all small and diverse suppliers to obtain the eligible federal and state recognized supplier certifications. The organizations listed below may be able to assist a small and diverse business with its business certification:

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

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

A Partner within the Business Community:

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

  • Maryland Utility Forum on Supplier Diversity
  • Local and regional Chambers of Commerce
  • Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, Minority Business Resources
  • Member of the Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO)
  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA)

Register Now:

To register online: smeco.starssmp.com

For more information: supplier.diversity@smeco.coop

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