Business Owners Urged to Attend Final WSSC Disparity Study Community Meeting

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, MD – October 8, 2015 – Do small, local, and minority business enterprises (SLMBE) owners think they get their fair share of the hundreds of millions in contracts that the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) spends annually?  WSSC wants to know!

The WSSC has contracted MGT of America, Inc. (MGT) to conduct a Disparity Study to determine if small, local, minority and women-owned businesses in the area have had equal access to the Commission’s contracting opportunities.  Businesses that have done work for, or have attempted to do work for, or would possibly like to do work for WSSC are encouraged to attend, speak up and ask questions at a third and final public meeting, facilitated by MGT.

“We urge community leaders, M/WBE and non-M/WBE business owners to come out and tell their stories,” says WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry N. Johnson. “This is a chance for everyone and anyone to be heard and to learn about WSSC and the Study.”

October 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WSSC Main Headquarters, Auditorium
14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707

The results of the Study will provide an update, if necessary, to the WSSC’s current Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program. “The primary objective of the Study is to assess, quantify, and evaluate the prevalence, magnitude, and extent of marketplace discrimination, if any, against minority, women, and disadvantaged business enterprises,” says Johnson. “In order to make this study successful we want and we need the input from members of the SLBE and women/minority business community.”

Over the course of the next several months, MGT will conduct in-depth interviews, surveys, and focus groups with area business owners and stakeholders to gather information for the Disparity Study. If contacted, WSSC urges these individuals to participate.

Anyone who prefers to submit comments in writing can do so by sending an email to Vernetta Mitchell of MGT of America at mgtdisparity@mgtamer.com.

Following the meeting, time will also be allotted for networking and learning about current and future contracting and business opportunities available at WSSC.

The program is free and open to the public but for planning purposes we ask that you register to attend. Register today at http://bit.ly/1XGrSH7

To learn more about the disparity study visit www.wsscwater.com/disparitystudy or email mgtdisparity@mgtamer.com

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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