Small Business Reserve Program

​In 2004, the state of Maryland created the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program, providing small businesses with the opportunity to participate as prime contractors by establishing a unique marketplace where small businesses compete against other small businesses instead of larger, more established, companies. 

Under state procurement law, the SBR Program directs participating agencies/departments to spend at least 15% of its fiscal year procurement expenditures with qualified small businesses.

More information about the Small Business Reserve Program can be found at

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore supports the Small Business Reserve Program and encourages all faculty and staff to utilize small, minority, and disadvantaged vendors when making purchases.

A list of frequently used certified small businesses is available on this website.  Other certified small businesses may be found at – click on vendor search.

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