Procurement Opportunities for Minority-, Women- and Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises
CWA member companies have contracted with nearly half of all certified minority-, women- and Disabled Veteran-owned business enterprises (WMDVBE) who are qualified to do business with investor-owned water companies, and this number continues to grow. IOWCs recognize that contractors are essential to future growth and success, and strive to develop mutually beneficial working relationships with them.
Investor-owned water companies are interested in contractors who can add value to their supply chain and can demonstrate:
- A firm understanding of the water utility sector
- Core competency in the product or service provided
- Excellent past performance with customers
- Solid financial standing
- Scalability to meet growth changes within the business
- Support of our WMDVBE initiative as a certified diverse supplier or a prime supplier with a Tier 2 program
Tips for doing business with investor-owned water companies:
- Review the web sites of investor-owned water companies to learn about specific requirements for doing business with each company.
- Though requirements vary with each company, they may include a new supplier registration form or profile, proof of appropriate insurance coverage, applicable business or trade licenses, financial statements and proof of current WMDVBE certification.
- Participate in CWA’s annual contractor-vendor meetings in Northern and Southern California.
– Julie Innocenti, Innocenti Construction, Inc.
– Pam Thornton, Owner, Salinas Pump Company
– Jeffery M. Szytel, P.E., Water Systems Consulting, Inc.