Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32The Road Ahead: Moving Forward Since the inception of WSSC’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program in 1978, WSSC has continued to find ways to expand access to minority and women-owned businesses. The Commission seeks highly skilled, diverse suppliers whose fresh perspectives and innovation meet the ongoing business challenges of delivering quality water and wastewater services. The SLMBE Office’s affirmative procurement initiatives are an integral part of WSSC’s mission to provide value-driven and world-class services to the community. Looking at the road ahead for our SLMBE Programs today, tomorrow and the future in Fiscal Year 2017, WSSC’s robust supplier diversity strategy is dedicated to bringing value through collaborative partnerships with our diverse and local small business community. We remain steadfast in our commitment to effectively implement and institutionalize enhancements in our supply chain by expanding access to the widest selection of qualified, diverse suppliers that bolsters competition in the supplier selection process and brings value to the customers and communities we serve. It is our intent to develop solution-oriented, diverse and local business partners, that continue to bring value to WSSC and the wider community; therefore, the road ahead for our SLMBE Programs includes, in summary, the following: • Securing reauthorization of our Minority Business Enterprise Program during Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Session; • Implementing the recommendations of our 2015 Disparity Study via our updated enabling Program policies; • Improving access to capital for local diverse and small businesses via our Business Investment and Growth Program; – – Provide access to capital via community banks; • Improving our Supplier Development via progressive clinics and workshops that focus on developing the capacity, capabilities, capital, creditworthiness and research and development of our diverse and local small businesses; – – Continue to host targeted outreach events that prepare diverse and local firms to engage in contracting opportunities and develop the base of diverse suppliers that will be needed for future contracting opportunities; • Improving our Small Local Business Enterprise Program application submittal and approval processes by leveraging technology; – – Launching the online SLBE application and approval process to support the acceleration and proficiency of the SLBE firm approval and renewal processes. • Introducing a Supplier Diversity Distributorship Program; – – Enabling a value-added diverse distributorship/ reseller/supplier base program that will support WSSC in achieving its short and long-term (fiscally-sound) operations and maintenance objectives. In addition, we will continue our programmatic development activities to improve the preferences that may be leveraged to provide our valued, diverse local supplier base the access and means needed to successfully engage in contracting opportunities with WSSC, such as: • Contract-Specific Subcontracting Requirements; • Expanded Unbundling; • Expedited Payments; • Mentor-Protégé Program; • Bid Price Preferences; • Proposals Evaluation Point Preferences; • Sheltered Market Program; • Small Contracts Rotation Program; and • Graduation. In closing, developing adaptable MBE and SLBE Programs that are fully integrated in our contracting practices is vital to the longevity and future of our supplier diversity efforts and sustaining our local economy. Our objective remains to ensure inclusion that contributes to achieving and sustaining customer service excellence and supports our organizational objectives. This is accomplished through a diverse supply chain that timely provides goods and services in a timely fashion, with cost savings and mitigates risk. WSSC SLMBE Program Performance Results Report FY 2016 23