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Minority Owned Business Program

Adventist HealthCare is fortunate to operate in and provide care to a wonderfully diverse community.

As good stewards of our organization's and communities' resources, it is important that we intentionally place assertive emphasis on contracting for goods and services in a manner that preserves and enhances AHC’s capacity to provide excellent care to those that it serves while creating appropriate opportunities for minority-, women-owned-, and small businesses both local and national.

To assist us in locating and establishing relationships with vendors who represent diverse backgrounds, socially-responsible purchasing, and environmental sustainability, please fill out the attached form and email to our corporate materiel management department.

For more information or definitions of the minority categories we track, please view the tabbed information below.


In Maryland, Federal Government Contracting, and the Minority Supplier Development Councils, a business enterprise is classified as: Minority Owned Business if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by one or more individuals from a minority group such as:

  • African Americans: U.S. citizens having origins in any of the black African racial groups.
  • Asian Americans: U.S. citizens whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Hispanic Americans: U.S. Citizens of Spanish Culture, whose origins are Mexico, South or Central America or the Caribbean Islands.
  • Native Americans: American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, Native Hawaiians


Summary of the State Minority Business Enterprise Program
(Excerpted from the Maryland State Personnel, Pensions, and Procurement Handbook)

Minority Business Enterprise Program

In the late 1970s, the General Assembly of the State of Maryland concluded that under-utilization of minority business in State contracting was primarily due to past and present discrimination. More recent studies also have found that marketplace discrimination continues to make it more difficult for minority business enterprises to compete for business from the State and from vendors who do business with the State. They show that prime contractors will use minority business enterprises on public sector projects with minority business enterprise requirements, but they seldom use them on projects without these requirements.

To address these issues, the General Assembly established the Minority Business Enterprise Program, which set goals to try to achieve greater participation in government contracting by minority business enterprises. The ultimate goal of the program is to develop qualified minority businesses that will be able to do business without the need of the program.

A Minority Business Enterprise is defined as a legal entity, except a joint venture, that is organized to engage in commercial transactions and is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and managed by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as determined by the certifying agency. The law provides that a rebuttable presumption exists that “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” includes African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Hispanics, women and physically or mentally disabled individuals. An individual with a net worth exceeding $1,500,000 may not be found to be economically disadvantaged.


To assist in determining if a vendor meets our minority/women owned business criteria we look to the certification from one of the following organizations as a guide:

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
7201 Corporate Center Drive
P.O. Box 548
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Tel: 1-888-713-1414

DC Office of Local Business Development – Certification Division
441 Fourth Street, Suite 970N
Washington, DC 2001
Tel: 202-727-3900

The Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (VDMBE)
200-202 North 9th St. 11th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel: 804-786-6585

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Certification Supervisor, Civil Rights Division
1401 Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel: 804-786-3761

Small Business Administration’s 8(a) or Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
409 3rd. St., SW
Washington, DC 20416
Tel: 1-800-827-5722

National Minority Supplier Development Council Regional Affiliates
1040 Avenue of the Americas, Second Floor
New York, New York, 10018
Tel: 212-944-2430

Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
10770 Columbia Pike
Suite LL-100
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Tel: 301-592-6700


To register your minority owned business, simply download and complete the registration form to the right and then fax (301-315-3302) or email it to our materiel management department to register your business with us for potential future bid announcements.



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