In 1980, the Office of Minority Affairs was created (Chapter 25, Acts of 1980). It replaced the Office of Minority Business Enterprise of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

By affording economic opportunity to all citizens and including minority-owned firms in the State procurement process, the Office of Minority Affairs strengthens business development in Maryland. To strengthen such firms, the Office provides them with technical and management assistance, and promotes and coordinates programs. The Office encourages State agencies to strive for 14 percent minority participation on all procurements and contracts as authorized by the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR, Title 21). On matters affecting minority employment, rights, and interests, the Office advises the Governor and assists minority citizens, as authorized by the Governor.

The Director of the Office is appointed by the Governor (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-301 through 9-306).

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