SALISBURY, Md. - There is some potential good news for veterans and service-disabled veterans looking to own businesses in Salisbury.
City council officials say they have unanimously approved a "Veterans Procurement Preference." Under the program, certified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VSOBs) compete for state contracts alongside non-preference businesses. A VSOB will be awarded the contract as long as their bid does not exceed the lowest bid by more than seven percent, and for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), they are allowed a price preference of up to eight percent. Officials plan to use the same certifications by the state of Maryland to verify veterans' small business status.
Officials are also hoping to implement a veterans' preference for hiring, and a preference for "local" businesses. They are hoping the plans for the "Veterans Procurement Preference" will go into effect within the next three weeks.