WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report (revised 11/2017) 31 STRATEGIC ALLIANCES SUCCESS WSSC makes certification easier for MBE firms by strategically working with and recognizing five (5) certification agencies. WSSC does not certify MBE or WBE firms; however, MBE firms can use the recognized agencies to gain the needed certification required when bidding on WSSC contracts as MBE firms. These agencies have formed lasting working relationships with WSSC that benefit the entire business community.They include: 1. Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) 2. Prince George’s County Supplier Development & Diversity Division (SDDD) 3. D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) 4. Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC) 5. Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) OSDI is also a part of the Maryland Compliance Professionals, a regional group of compliance professionals focused on addressing contract compliance best practices and industry standards. The group meets quarterly to discuss best practices centered on increasing the maximum practicable contracting opportunities for minority, women, disadvantaged, veteran and small business enterprises. The collaborative forum allows for the cross-sharing of jurisdictional updates, including regulatory changes and compliance policy updates, as well as strategic and tactical solutions to area challenges and opportunities. “WSSC ranks among the best in providing opportunities to the minority business community. Its comprehensive supplier diversity program incorporates tools and resources minority suppliers need to successfully compete for contracts. WSSC is passionate and committed to supplier diversity. It is evidenced by its extensive outreach and ability to support the goals of its constituents. We are proud to have WSSC as a member of the Capital Region Council.” SHARON R. PINDER, CEO, CAPITAL REGION MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Members of the Maryland Compliance Professionals.