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 32About WSSC’s SLMBE Program Supplier Diversity is the strategy that keeps on giving. Since 1978, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (“WSSC” or “Commission”) has demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering minority and women-owned businesses via its contracting opportunities. WSSC’s Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) Office effectively advocated for MBE participation in WSSC’s contracting opportunities via various preferences such as: contract- specific subcontracting requirements, price preferences and Sheltered Market Program opportunities. In 2001, WSSC’s SLMBE Office established its SLBE Program to ensure the inclusion of small local firms located in the great Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in its contracting opportunities. Today, the SLMBE Office has embedded into the culture of WSSC the value that “diversity is just the way we do business.” The ultimate goal of the SLMBE Office is to re-engineer the ‘playing field’ for public contracts for diverse suppliers, and to ensure fair and equal access in WSSC’s contracting opportunities. Mission Statement The SLMBE Office is dedicated to creating an inclusive purchasing environment while building sustainable relationships, expanding opportunities and cultivating the growth of small, local and minority business enterprises which adds value to the Commission and the community we serve. SLMBE Strategy The SLMBE Office administers WSSC’s MBE and SLBE Programs by setting contract participation requirements and determining competitive development opportunities for placement in WSSC’s Sheltered Market Program. The SLMBE Office conducts important outreach to the business community regarding new contract opportunities by: serving as subject-matter experts on numerous panels and workshops throughout the year; maintaining important associations with area professional and trade associations; and engaging in discussions with the public on how to conduct business with WSSC. The SLMBE Office recognizes that partnering for success, building relationships, and providing excellent customer service is paramount. The SLMBE Office delivers on its Four Pillars which are: Supplier Advocacy, Compliance, Extensive Outreach, and Supplier Development. Embedded into WSSC’s contracting practices is an extensive network of supporting organizations, fully complemented by an exceptional staff, making diversity just the way we do business. Diversity… just the way we do business! Lisa Malone, SLMBE Compliance Specialist, Towanda R. Livingston, SLMBE Director and Brittany Gonzalez, SLMBE Outreach Coordinator SLMBE & Procurement Offices’ Special Outreach Event for Street Repair Services WSSC SLMBE Office exhibiting at the MWMCA 2016 Spring Breakfast 4 WSSC SLMBE Program Performance Results Report FY 2016