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-, service disabled veteran-, veteran-, and LGBTQ-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, to include Tier 2 Direct and Indirect. 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


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
  • Member of the Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO)
  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA)

Register Now:

To register online:

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