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16SLMBELegislativeReportOutreachOuroutreacheffortsareextensiveandfar-reaching.ForexamplethisyearweHostedtheFifthAnniversaryoftheWomensBusinessExpo.Hostedparticipatedinapproximately125procurementfairscorporateroundtablessupplierdevelopmenttrainingsandconferences.ParticipatedinlocalandnationalworkshopsconferencesmatchmakingeventsbusinessfairsandVendorDayshostedbyotherstakeholders.Participatedin29outreacheffortshostedbyrmsownedbywomenHispanicAmericansNativeAmericansAsianAmericansorAfricanAmericans.AggressivelyexecutedacommunicationandengagementstrategytoinformtheSLMBEcommunityofimminentcontractingopportunities.BecauseoftheseandothereffortsWSSCreceivedseveralrecognitionsOrganizationRecognitionMarylandDCMinoritySupplierAdvocateoftheYearDevelopmentCouncilWomenEmpoweredtoAchieveDistinguishedCommunitytheImpossibleWETATiServiceAwardWomensBusinessEnterpriseHallofFameInducteeNationalCouncilWBENCShilohBaptistChurchCertificateofAppreciationWomenPresidentsRecognitionforcontinuedEducationalOrganizationsupportandpartneringOnlinecommunicationsarecentraltoouroutreachefforts.OurcommunicationsactivitiesincludeWeeklyE-Alerts.Theseareissuedthroughthedata-basesoftheCommissionandtheSLMBEOfcetopro-videvendorswithtimelyinformationaboutcontractingopportunitiessuppliereventsandnavigatingthepro-curementprocess.Corporatewebsite.WSSCmaintainsup-to-dateinforma-tionabouttheSLMBEProgramonthecorporatewebsitewww.wsscwater.com.ThisyearwecreatedanewiconlinkingvendorsdirectlytotheSLMBEhomepage.SLMBEProgramwebpages.Weprovideonlineinforma-tiononthegoodsandservicesWSSCpurchasesaccesstotheWSSCweb-basedcompliancesystemtechnicaldocumentstoassistincontractingwithWSSCandinformationforratepayersandthepublic.SupplierscanFigure20FY2013OutreachEffortsNumberEventTypeofEventsChamberofCommerce16Non-ProtOrganizations1PrivateCorporations12StateandLocalGovernment17WomenBusinessOrganizations11WSSCContractIndustry45SpecicWorkshopsMinoritySupplier3DevelopmentCouncilWomensBusinessEnterprise5NationalCouncilWBENCRegionalOfceWomenPresidentsEducationOrganizationWPEO