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: SLBEProgram@wsscwater.com. 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.
All firms interested in applying to WSSC Water’s Small Business Program should forward the business tax documents listed below based upon your firm’s legal structure. These documents should coincide with the three fiscal years of gross sales you listed on page 2 of your application. In addition to the business taxes required, please submit a signed copy of your most recent personal tax return, Schedule-1040, along with a completed IRS Form-4506 (this form can be downloaded on the IRS.Gov website). If you have not completed your tax returns by the submission of your application, please provide a copy of the official IRS Extension request. Please ensure that all tax documents submitted are signed and dated.
Service Disabled Veteran-SLBEAll application documentation must be received by mail or delivered by hand to WSSC Water Headquarters. Please remove all staples and paper clips prior to submission.
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.
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.
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 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 below: