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(a) Minority owned business means, unless the context indicates otherwise, any legal entity that:
(1) Is a minority business enterprise as defined under the State procurement law; and
(2) Does not exceed a ceiling set by regulation on the number and value of contracts or subcontracts awarded during the first 5 years after it is certified under this article, or during the next 3 years if it did not exceed the ceiling during the first 5 years after it is certified.
However, a not for profit entity organized to promote the interests of persons with a disability is a minority owned business only if at least 51 percent of the individuals used by the nonprofit entity to perform the services or manufacture the goods contracted for by the County are persons with a disability.
(b) Relevant geographic market area means the geographic market area identified by the County Executive in the most recent report that evaluates the need to continue the program and is issued in accordance with Section 11B-61(b).
(c) Socially or economically disadvantaged group means a group expressly identified as eligible to control a minority business enterprise under the State procurement law. For purposes of this Article, disabled owned businesses and not-for-profit entities organized to promote the interests of persons with a disability are a single group. (1994 L.M.C., ch. 30, § 1; 1997 L.M.C., ch. 38, § 1; 2006 L.M.C., ch. 3 , § 1; 2014 L.M.C., ch. 32, § 1.)
Editor’s note-Section 2 of Ch. 30 LMC 1997 states:
"Transition. Any certification as a minority owned business remains valid until April 1, 1998, if:
(a) the County certified the entity as a minority owned business before this Act took effect [December 10, 1997]; and
(b) the entity continues through March 31, 1998, to meet the criteria for a minority owned business in effect before this Act took effect [December 10, 1997].
The goal of awarding 20 percent of the total dollar value of County contracts to minority owned businesses remains in effect until the Chief Administrative Officer sets new goals under regulations adopted to implement this Act. This Act does not affect the validity of any minority, female, disabled subcontractor performance plan entered into before this Act took effect [December 10, 1997]."