Doing Business With the City

Subcontracting Opportunities

City of Annapolis Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

CDM Smith/Haskell (a Joint Venture) is undertaking the design-build project for the new water treatment plant in the City of Annapolis. The new 8 million gallons per day plant will feature media filtration, have LEED certification, and will be constructed at the existing site while maintaining plant operations. Construction activities will have various opportunities available for MBE/WBE subcontractors and local labor.

The firm is seeking subcontractors to explore the opportunities available to participate on the project and possibilities of joining the team. Qualified minority business enterprises (MBE’s) and women’s business enterprises (WBE’s) are especially encouraged to participate.

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There are many resources and pronouncement opportunities in the City and with our colleagues in the area. The City of Annapolis Small/Minority Business Enterprise Office is pleased to share this information with our local businesses. Also, all of this information is available online, and we would recommend that you visit the websites of the following organizations to see what they have coming up that can help you to start, manage and grow your small business or nonprofit. Please note that there may be charges or fees associated with some of these events.

The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs invites you to Engage Marylanda small group workshop series geared toward businesses who want a deeper understanding of state contracting.  This follow-up to our Ready, Set, GROW!events will provide you with hands-on training delivered by our office along with other state agencies. Join us as we highlight techniques on how to navigate eMaryland Marketplace (eMM), the State's main portal for open bid solicitations. Our special guest presenter, Cristen Ervin from the Department of General Services, will provide a live demonstration of the search process. In addition, you will hear from three companies that have effectively utilized eMM to secure state contracts. 

Due to the detailed nature of this workshop, space is very limited. Register today and secure your space.  

Procurement Opportunities - Forecast Calendar

The Small/Minority Business Enterprise Office is committed to providing vendors with advance notice regarding upcoming procurement opportunities. The Forecast Calendar below includes anticipated upcoming procurements and we encourage vendors to use it in conjunction with other resources on our website.

If you have questions about a listed project, please contact the Central Purchasing Department.

Bid Types
Abbreviation Description
IFB Invitation for Bid
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Qualifications


PROCUREMENT SERVICES FORECAST CALENDAR 01/01/2015 through 06/30/2015 FORECAST DISCLAIMER – All projected procurements are subject to revision or cancellation. Forecast data is for planning purposes only and is not a commitment by the city to purchase the described products and services.
Project Description Agency Solicitation Method(s) Anticipated Solicitation Date Contract Terms & Renewal Options
Transit Bus Advertising Program
Transportation RFQ-RFP TBD Not Applicable
Energy Performance Contracting
Public Works
RFP ​July Not Applicable
Annapolis Reservoir Dam Repairs Public Works RFQ-RFP February - April 2015 Not Applicable
Upper West Street Sector Study
Planning & Zoning
RFQ-RFP April - May 2015 Not Applicable
City Hall HVAC Replacment-Design/Build Svcs.
Public Works
RFQ-RFP April - May 2015 Not Applicable

Responsibilities & Contact

The Central Purchasing Division is responsible for reviewing any proposed purchase of goods, services, lease, lease / purchase, maintenance or repairs of tangible property, construction, and the sale of surplus property to ensure that the transaction(s) comply with the City Charter, as well as all applicable federal and state statutes.

Through the Small/Minority Business Enterprise office, the City of Annapolis actively seeks to identify minority businesses and offer them an opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to the city. The intent of the program is to widen opportunities for participation, increase competition and to ensure the proper and diligent use of public funds. This policy is not intended in any manner to require that contracts be awarded to anyone other than the lowest responsible bidder, not to supersede the requirement of any federal, state or local laws and rules, regulations and policies.

Procurement Policy

Due to the substantial amount of money involved, purchasing for the City of Annapolis is guided by several established policies based on the following: 
  • To conduct all procurements in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws; City Charter, and purchasing regulations.
  • To obtain goods and services at the lowest overall cost consistent with the quality required to meet the needs of the City.
  • To maximize competition, and provide all interested and qualified vendors with the opportunity to offer their products or services to the City of Annapolis.
  • To treat all vendors fairly throughout the entire purchasing process, from the solicitation phase to contract award, contract administration and contract management.

Who Purchases

The City of Annapolis has a centralized purchasing division. The Central Purchasing Division is the authority for all purchases. Vendors shall not make sales to City employees without a purchase order approved by the Central Purchasing Division.

How to Become an Eligible Vendor

All vendors who are interested in doing business with the City of Annapolis can find more information under Vendor Registration.