Supplier Diversity Program

SMECO is committed to increasing procurements from small and diverse businesses through its Supplier Diversity Program. SMECO has a goal per the 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.”

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
  • Be 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
  • Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporations
  • Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Prince George’s County Chambers of Commerce
  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA)
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Calvert Minority Business Alliance
  • Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Maryland LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
  • National Veteran-owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
  • Utility Industry Group (UIG)

Register Now

To register online: Visit SMECO’s Supplier Diversity Program

For more information: email SMECO Supplier Diversity