About Employment Works Program
The Employment Works Program (EWP) is one of Maryland's preferred procurement programs. Through the EWP, nonprofit Community Service Providers that serve individuals with disabilities bid on state contracts prior to the public bid.
The EWP benefits thousands of individuals with a wide range of disabilities through job training, as well as commercial firms owned by individuals with disabilities.
Community Service Providers and Disability-Owned Businesses
For all potential preference purchase contracts, before initializing the open bid process, a State agency purchaser must first check to see if suitable supplies or services are available for procurement from the following agencies before initiating the open-bid process.
- Any department or agency of the State;
- Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE);
- Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM); and
- The Employment Works Program (EWP)
Maryland Works is the coordinating entity for the Employment Works Program. In coordinating this process, The Employment Works Program:
- Identifies potential state contracts;
- Assesses individual community service providers' capabilities;
- Conducts cost analyses which are submitted to the Pricing and Selection Committee for the Employment Works Programs; and
- Serves as a monitoring agent to ensure that high-quality standards are maintained.