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WSSCSLMBELegislativeReportI23asdefinedinArticle14-301oftheStateFinanceProcurementArticleoftheMarylandAnnotatedCodeandisreadywillingandabletosellgoodsorservicesthatarepurchasedbytheWSSC.InthisuseMBEincludeswomen-ownedbusinessenterprisesandislimitedtofirmsthathaveobtainedMBEcertificationinaccordancewiththeprovisionsofSectionVII.A.2Whenusedinconjunctionwithgraphsandtablesinthisreportitincludesonlyminority-ownedbusinessesanddoesnotincludewomen-ownedbusinesses.MWBEPercentageTheawardpaymentsmadetocertifiedminorityandwomenbusinessenterprisesdividedbythetotalawardspaymentsmajorityplusMWBE.NotethatitispossibletohavealowerMWBEpaymentpercentageinagivenyearevenifthetotalamountpaidishigherdependingonthetotaldollaramountofallcontractpayments.PaymentsDollarsactuallypaidtoprimecontractorssubcontractorsorsuppliersforWSSC-contractedgoodsandservices.ProcurementCardP-CardAcreditcardusedbyCommissionemployeestopurchaseitemsunder5000.TheseexpendituresarenotcurrentlyincludedintheMWBEpaymentdata.ProcurementOfficeTheofficethatobtainsgoodsandprofessionalservicesCommission-wide.ProfferToincludeinanoffer.WhenabidderorproposersofferisacceptedwithsubcontractingparticipationtheCommissionstatesthatthebid-derorproposerhasprofferedsubcontractingonthecontract.ServicesLabortimeoreffortnotinvolvingthedeliveryofatangiblematerialproductotherthanreportsincidentaltotherequiredperformance.Thetermincludesconsultingpersonalprofessionaltechnicalandadvisoryservices.Itdoesnotincludeemploymentagreementsandcollectivebargainingagreements.ShelteredMarketProgramAprogramthatgivesMWBEandSLBEfirmstheopportunitytocompeteinsmallervendorpools.SmallLocalBusinessEnterpriseSLBEAnindependentlyownedandoperatedbusinessregardlessofraceethnicityorgenderthatislocatedinPrinceGeorgesCountyorMontgomeryCountyor25percentofwhoseemployeesliveinoneorbothcounties.SmallLocalandMinorityBusinessEnterprisesSLMBEDefinedinaccordancewithSections20-304ofthePublicUtilitiesCodeMd.CodeAnn.andthecriteriaadoptedbytheCommissioninSPMBE11-01effectiveMay12011.StandardMetropolitanStatisticalAreaSMSAAgeographicalregionwitharelativelyhighpopulationdensityatitscoreandcloseeconomictiesthroughoutthearea.StrategicPartnersAbusinesspartnerwhounderstandsandshowssupportofourcorestrategieslivesuptoourcorevaluesisagileandinnovativecangrowwithusanticipatesourneedsandisabletodelivercost-effectivesolutionswithourcustomersinmind.SubcontractorAfirmthatprovidesgoodsorservicestoaprimecontractorinfurtheranceoftheprimecontractorsperformanceunderacontractorpurchaseorderwithWSSC.UnbundlingDividinganaspectofacontractsuchasaserviceintosmallerpartsusuallyinordertoencouragecompetitionbysmallerbidders.WaiverApprovalfromtheProcurementOfficetoputasidearequirementinaspecificcontract.Requestsforwaiversmustbesubmittedinwritingandsupportedbydocumentationthatdemonstratesagoodfaithefforttomeettherequirementeitherpre-orpost-awardofaWSSCcontract.WaiversaresubjecttoapprovalbytheSLMBEDirector.Women-OwnedBusinessEnterpriseWBEAnylegalentityexceptajointventurethatisorganizedtoengageincommercialtransactionsandthatiscertifiedasbeingatleast51percentownedmanagedandcontrolledbynon-minorityfemales.