OSDI - EXTENSIVE OUTREACH OSDI continues to cultivate and expand relationships with the business community and professional and trade organizations. OSDI’s extensive outreach efforts are targeted to prepare the market and develop the base of diverse suppliers needed to support WSSC’s supply chain. These efforts include: ■ Hosting, attending, and participating in 133 total outreach events: forty-seven (47) internal; eighty-six (86) external; ■ Among the events were business and procurement fairs, trade shows, business matchmaking, and networking events; ■ Providing contracting opportunities and information via targeted outreach events; ■ Registering 837 suppliers of which 392 were MBEs, 140 were WSSC-Approved SLBEs, and 68 were a combination of MBEs and SLBEs in WSSC’s Supplier Portal System as of June 30, 2017; and ■ Hosting business development clinics in one-on- one and/or group forums to help suppliers seeking to participate in WSSC’s MBE and SLBE Programs. OSDI’s extensive outreach has shifted from a focus on meeting tactical Supplier Diversity goals, such as spending targets and/or metrics, to more strategic goals that focus on developing the skills and financial stability of WSSC’s MBE and SLBE firms. These outreach events were designed to be mutually beneficial for WSSC and the local economy by developing a diverse supplier base to support WSSC’s supply chain needs and, in turn, stimulate the local economies. In FY 2017, WSSC hosted its Access to Capital, Bonding & Insurance event, which highlighted WSSC’s Business Investment and Growth (BIG) Program. WSSC’s performance in FY 2017 demonstrates its commitment to the success of the MBE and SLBE Programs and the local economic well-being of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.