(PIKESVILLE, Md.) – The Quartermaster Division of the Maryland State Police is holding an Open House for small and minority business owners on March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Maryland State Police Headquarters in Pikesville.

The Open House provides an opportunity for business owners to meet Agency Procurement Specialists who have the potential to buy goods and services from small business as part of the Small Business Reserve Program. Enacted October 1, 2004, the Small Business Reserve Program requires that Maryland state agencies reserve 10 percent of total procurements each year for competition exclusively among Maryland certified Small Business Enterprises.

Maryland certified small businesses must meet several requirements. It cannot be a broker; must be independently owned and operated; is not a subsidiary of another business; and cannot be dominant in its field of operation. The Quartermaster Division is also looking to buy from veteran-owned and minority-owned businesses.

A veteran-owned enterprise must be verified by the Center for Veterans Enterprise of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The business must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are veterans and who live in Maryland. The business can also be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by individual(s) who are disabled veterans living in Maryland and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having a service-connected disability regardless of the disability rating.

A minority-owned business is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more minority persons. A minority can be defined as anyone who is African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, a woman, or a disabled person. Non-profit organizations that promote the interests of the physically or mentally disabled are also recognized by the State.

The Open House is an excellent opportunity for small business owners to expand their enterprises and boost their sales. Be sure to talk to the Agency Procurement Specialists during the Open House in Classroom C.

The Maryland State Police headquarters are located at 1201 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, Md. For more information, visit the Quartermaster Division page on the Maryland State Policewebsite.