Information on the ICBN Small and Minority Owned Business Program was released this afternoon:
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced the launch of a program geared towards helping facilitate small and minority-owned business participation in the One Maryland – Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN).
“Howard County is dedicated to ensuring that small and minority-owned businesses have the ability to be a part of this historic investment as the ICBN is a tremendous opportunity for any company,” said County Executive Ulman. “One of the most invaluable aspects of the ICBN project is the project’s commitment to creating jobs and opening up economic development opportunities where none previously existed.”
“Whether it’s in the robust Baltimore-Washington corridor, the mountain counties of Western Maryland or over the Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, broadband is going to bring the jobs of tomorrow to our state,” said U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. “With more than $115 million coming to Maryland, it’s critical that the grants not only create jobs, foster business growth and spark innovation, but create opportunity for Maryland’s talented small and minority-owned businesses.”
Please visit the Howard County purchasing website for more information and to download the application for the ICBN Small and Minority Owned Business Vendor List.
UPDATE: In response to some of the questions we’ve received, we created a Small and Minority-Owned Business Registration FAQ (pdf). In addition, the application deadline has been extended from March 17 to March 23.