For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June
13, 2016) - More than 190 businesses
from the Washington, D.C., area attended a diverse business empowerment forum recently
to learn about contracting opportunities with Pepco and Exelon.
The forum gave local minority and women-owned businesses information
on Pepco purchasing plans for the remainder of 2016 and into 2017 so the
suppliers can consider bidding on Pepco contracts.
"We want to provide suppliers with a better understanding
of our strategy and approach so that they have more opportunities to bid on
work with us and to expand their business," said Pepco Region President Donna
Cooper. "Supporting local and diverse companies is important to us, and we want
to share the opportunities broadly."
Three diverse certified businesses leaders - Pless Jones,
CEO & president of P&J Contracting; Dr. Sheila Brooks, founder and
president of SRB Communications LLC; and Cora Williams, co-founder and
president of Ideal Electrical Supply Corp. - also shared their experiences
working with Exelon and Pepco.
"These kinds of forums are valuable for learning the
critical steps that small businesses can take to pursue opportunities, to stay
informed, to engage and be competitive," said Williams, whose District of
Columbia-headquartered company was founded in 1991.
Her company, Ideal Electrical, is a wholesale distributor
of electrical industrial and telecommunications infrastructure products and
currently contracts with Pepco.
The forum built on previous events that Pepco and Exelon
have organized to help connect minority-, veteran-, and women-owned and other
diverse businesses with growth opportunities.
Emmett Vaughn, director of diverse business empowerment for
Exelon, spoke about possible contracting options and told the packed room at
Pepco's D.C. headquarters that the merger would bring new opportunities.
"We are a growing company, and we want diverse businesses
to grow along with us," Vaughn said.