Small, Local, and Minority Business Owners Urged to Attend WSSC Disparity Study Community Meetings
Also Network and Learn about Business Opportunities
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, MD - September 22, 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 three public meetings, which will be 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.”
Two meetings will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at two locations:
Montgomery County Community College
Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education
51 Mannakee Street | Rockville, Maryland 20850
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Prince George’s Community College
Rennie Room—Largo Student Center
301 Largo Road | Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
A third meeting will be held on October 22nd, 2015:
WSSC Main Headquarters
14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Select the time and location that best fits your schedule. In addition to discussion of the 2015 Disparity Study, time is allotted for networking and learning about current and future contracting and business opportunities available at WSSC.
The results of the year-long Study will provide an update to the WSSC’s current SLMBE 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 Jerry N. 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.
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.