On May 4, 2017, Governor Hogan signed into legislation HB 319, which approved a name change for the Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) Office. As of June 1, 2017 the SLMBE Office shall be known as the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (OSDI or Supplier Diversity Office).
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (“Commission” or “WSSC”) voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2017-2149 on March 15, 2017, which (i) authorizes a new Small Local Business Enterprise (“SLBE”) Program referred to as Standard Procedure (SP) REG-PROC-SD-2017-005 (SLBE 2017-005) for WSSC; and (ii) authorizes WSSC’s General Manager/CEO to make changes to related Commission regulations so that these regulations reflect adoption of SP SLBE 2017-005. SP SLBE 2017-005 reflects both the race and gender-neutral remedies included in WSSC’s recently adopted Minority Business Enterprise Program, SP MBE 2017-004, and the modifications to the small business regulations adopted by Maryland’s Department of General Services. The SLBE and MBE Programs are supported by WSSC’s recently completed 2015 Disparity Study and other informational services.
Standard Procedure MBE REG-PROC-SD 2017-004 (MBE 2017-004) - The effective date of Standard Procedure MBE 2017-004 is Monday, April 24, 2017
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.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (“Commission” or “WSSC”) voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2017-2149 on March 15, 2017, which (i) authorizes a new Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) Program referred to as Standard Procedure REG-PROC-SD 2017-004 (SP MBE 2017-004) for WSSC; and (ii) authorizes WSSC’s General Manager/CEO to make changes to related Commission regulations so that these regulations reflect adoption of SP MBE 2017-004. This MBE Program is based upon WSSC’s completed 2015 Disparity Study and other informational sources.
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. This bill will take effect on June 1, 2017.
A snapshot of the current state of MBE Participation as outlined in the 2015 Disparity Study is set forth below:
Standard Procedure SLBE REG-PROC-SD-2017-005 (SLBE 2017-005) - The effective date of Standard Procedure SLBE 2017-005 is Monday, April 24, 2017.
On March 15, 2017, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (“Commission” or “WSSC”) approved Standard Procedure REG-PROC-SD 2017-005 (SLBE 2017-005 or Policies). SLBE 2017-005 authorizes updates to the Small Local Business Enterprise (“SLBE”) Program and replaces Standard Procedure SLBE 12-01. SLBE 2017-005 will become effective on Monday, April 24, 2017.
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.