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SLMBELegislativeReport17registeronlineforWSSC-hostedeventsandlearnaboutothereventsinwhichweareparticipating.SuppliersmayalsodownloadtheMBEandSLBEProgrampoliciesWSSCStandardProcedurestheWSSC2010DisparityStudyanddocumentsrequiredtoapplyforSLBEstatus.Professionaltradeanddiversity-relatedorganiza-tionsprovidemanyopportunitiestoexchangeideasstaycurrentonbestpracticesinsupplierdevelopmentandshareexpertiseonadministeringasuccessfulMBEprogram.Weparticipateonleadershipboardsandcom-mitteesofsupplierdiversityorganizationsandthroughactivemembershipsupportanumberoflocalandnationalbusinesscouncilschambersassociationsandsimilarorganizations.AmongtheseareAmericanContractComplianceAssociationACCAAssociatedBuildersandContractorsInc.ABCBaltimoreWashingtonCorridorChamberBWCCGreaterWashingtonHispanicChamberofCommerceGWHCCInstituteforSupplyManagementISM-MDKoreanBusinessEnterpriseMarylandChamberofCommerceMDDCMinoritySupplierDevelopmentCouncilMDDCMSDCMid-AtlanticHispanicChamberofCommerceMontgomeryCountyChamberofCommerceNationalForumforBlackPublicAdministratorsNFBPAPrinceGeorgesCountyChamberofCommerceU.S.PanAsianChamberofCommerceWomenPresidentsEducationalOrganizationWPEOTheSLMBEOfcealsocontinuestosupportmanyminoritydiversitybusinessdevelopmentgroupsbasedinourservicearea.Thesegroupsrepresentethnicpop-ulationsandotherpublicandprivatesectorbusinessinterestsinourregion.SupplierDevelopmentWhileWSSChasdevelopedstrongrelationshipswithmanycontractorsovertimewerecognizetherearemanymorebusinessesincludingminority-andwomen-ownedsmallandlocalbusinesseswiththepotentialtobegoodpartners.TohelpfulllthatpotentialtheCommissionhostedandfacilitatedseveralSupplierEducationSessionsatWSSCsheadquartersinLaurelMaryland.ThesesessionsgaveparticipantsanopportunitytonetworkwithinternalandexternalstakeholdersreceiveinformationonbuildingtheirbusinesscapacityandlearnaboutWSSCcontractingproceduresallofwhichenhancetheirabilitytodobusinesswithWSSC.Suppliersofallsizesandclassicationsparticipatedintheseseminarsworkshopsandinformationalses-sionswhichincludedMoneyMattersAccesstoCapitalHowtoDoBusinesswithWSSCquarterlyWomensBusinessExpoStrategicPartnersOurstrategicpartnersUnderstandandsupportourcorestrategies.Liveuptoourcorevalues.Areagileandinnovative.Cangrowwithus.Anticipateourneeds.Delivercost-effectivesolutionswithourcustomersinmind.