SLBE Program Regulation (WSSC Code of Regulations Chapter 6.35) - The effective date of the SLBE Program Regulation was Monday, April 24, 2017. (See Code of Regulations/Procurement/Subtitle II. Supplier Diversity/6.35 Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program).
The SLBE Program is intended to provide an additional race-and gender-neutral tool for the Commission to use in its efforts to ensure that all segments of its local business community have a reasonable and significant opportunity to participate in WSSC contracting opportunities. The SLBE Program furthers the WSSC’s objective of fostering broad-based competition within the vendor community. The SLBE Program encourages economic growth by offering benefits to small firms headquartered in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland. WSSC uses Maryland Department of General Services’ Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for size requirements.
The SLBE Program is administered by the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (OSDI). If you would like to apply for the SLBE Program, please review the SLBE Guidelines, then download and complete the SLBE Application.
WSSC also recognizes SDV-SLBE in our program. Firms wishing to participate in the SDV-SLBE Program must meet the approval criteria of SLBE firms.
MBE Program Regulation (WSSC Code of Regulations Chapter 6.30) - The effective date of the MBE Program Regulation was Monday, April 24, 2017. (See Code of Regulations/Procurement/Subtitle II. Supplier Diversity/6.30 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program).
The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program is designed to promote greater availability, contract participation and capacity development by MBEs, WBEs and DBEs in WSSC Contracts. WSSC is not a certifying agency; however, WSSC accepts certification from those agencies found to the right.
On April 10, 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 319, which reauthorizes WSSC’s MBE Program for another five (5) years through June 30, 2022.
WSSC strongly encourages all vendors to utilize local MBEs from Prince George’s and/or Montgomery Counties. A list of local MBE’s can be obtained from the WSSC Supplier Portal or you may contact the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (OSDI) at email@example.com to provide you with a local MBE list specific to the NAICS codes being utilized.
A snapshot of the current state of MBE Participation as outlined in the 2015 Disparity Study is set forth below: