44 (revised 11/2017) WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report A BIG YEAR FOR WSSC A BIG YEAR FOR WSSC: ECONOMICALLY UPLIFTING COMMUNITIES Fiscal Year 2017 was a BIG year for the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (“OSDI”) and WSSC, marking the initiation of the Business Investment and Growth (BIG) Program, which generates a new source of funding for the local community. WSSC’s strategic partnership with six local banks (Capital Bank, Colombo Bank, Congressional Bank, EagleBank, Old Line Bank, and Revere Bank) offers an exceptional opportunity to inject working capital into the local economy, resulting in positive returns on investment for WSSC, as well as merging public- and private-sector interests by creating new avenues for business collaboration. WSSC is committed to ensuring growth and sustainability in the communities we serve. The BIG Program, in collaboration with local banks, will produce $24 million in available funding for loans to local businesses. The loans offered to small, local, and minority-owned businesses can be used for any number of purposes to expand and sustain their industries, including building and construction, inventory, or any other enterprise development. The program concept began in the summer of 2016 with various WSSC department leads strategically brainstorming means to create further opportunities for the local community. As WSSC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr. Joseph Beach recalls, “We met with a representative from EagleBank, which is Joseph Beach, WSSC’s Chief Financial Officer.