The 2017-26 MEEC Hardware Agreement provides a larger number of vendors, a wider range of products, along with a greater variety of hardware than in previous contracts. The Agreement provides for more competitive pricing for each hardware category and by manufacturer within each category. While this adds some complexity to the final results, that complexity is balanced against a significant gain in economic benefit to MEEC members.
This statewide contract vehicle permits agencies to procure the following:
- Functional Area I: Servers and Associated Peripherals(excluding laptops, desktops, ruggedized computers and monitors)
- Functional Area II: Printers and Associated Peripherals (excluding printer cartridges)
- Functional Area III: Network Communications Equipment
- Functional Area IV: Installation and Training Services
- Functional Area V: Manufacturer's Extended Warranty
- Functional Area VI:Security, Cameras and Associated Peripherals
In 2004, the State of Maryland created the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. It provides small businesses with the opportunity to participate as prime contractors on State contracts and procurements by establishing a unique marketplace where small businesses compete against other small businesses instead of larger, more established companies.
The Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certification program is a state program of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose is to enhance procurement opportunities for SWaM businesses participating in state-funded projects.