FY 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY During the past decade, WSSC has awarded more than $1 billion in total contract awards to Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) firms. WSSC’s mandate each year is to determine and implement new strategies to build on this record. WSSC recognizes that MBE and SLBE firms help provide ideas and perspectives reflective of the diverse marketplace and communities it serves. WSSC sees the diverse suppliers and small businesses as assets ripe for developing and growing into strategic long- term partners. WSSC is devoted to sustaining the level of service excellence and the local economies. WSSC has invested in its MBE and SLBE Programs, which are administered by the OSDI. The MBE and SLBE Programs continue to provide WSSC contracting opportunities to prime contractors, subcontractors, diverse firms and small businesses. WSSC’s MBE and SLBE Programs have created many win-win solutions for WSSC and the 1.8 million residents, to whom it proudly provides water and wastewater services. WSSC maintains its commitment to the success of MBE and SLBE firms. The Commission continues its work to re-engineer the competitive public contracting field for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), WSSC-Approved Small Local Business Enterprises (SLBEs) and WSSC-Approved Small and Local Service-Disabled Veterans’ firms (SLBE-SDVs) in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the surrounding metropolitan area. This report will highlight the successes and achievements of the OSDI as well as summarize the accomplishments of WSSC’s MBE and SLBE Programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MBE) PROGRAM The MBE Program was established to mitigate barriers to contracting opportunities for MBE primes and subcontractors. The Program is designed to promote greater availability, contract participation, and capacity development byMBEs,WBEs, and DBEs inWSSC’s contracts.