SLBE & MBE Programs

WSSC Water Small Business Program

Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)

The Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program is a race- and gender-neutral program, administered by the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion. Its goal is to encourage significant participation in WSSC Water’s contracting opportunities and to promote sustainable economic growth for small firms principally located in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, the Commission’s bi-county territory. 

Firms interested in applying to the SLBE Program should begin by reviewing all program guidelines and by completing the application.  All completed applications should be emailed to:  Do not mail or hand-deliver to WSSC Water Headquarters, only email submissions will be accepted.  For your convenience, Sample Application Guides have been created to assist you with the process.  They can be found under Related Links.

Service-Disabled Veteran

WSSC Water recognizes certified Service-Disabled Veterans who also meet the approval criteria for the SLBE Program.  Firms interested in receiving this designation should follow the SLBE application process. 

WSSC Water Minority Business Program

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program recognizes certifications from five local and national entities.  In addition to championing small and local firms, the Commission offers certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) companies the opportunity to utilize certifications from the agencies represented below. 

Utilization of Local MBEs

WSSC Water strongly encourages all vendors to utilize local MBEs from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  A list of local MBEs can be obtained from the WSSC Water Supplier Portal or you may contact the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at 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 below:


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