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SLBE Program’s New Coordinator Brings Passion for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Clayton County Water Authority SLBE Program’s New Coordinator Brings Passion for Entrepreneurial Spirit

December 27, 2021 (Morrow, Georgia) —The Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program’s new Coordinator, Isabel Parrilla, is excited about creating opportunities for small local businesses to connect and foster business growth as she prepares to roll out the 2022 Informational Series and Workshop Series.

CCWA’s SLBE Program is open to small firms locally based inside Clayton County or locally based in Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale and Spalding. The program is designed to foster effective broad-based competition from all segments of the vendor community, including, but not limited to, minority business enterprises, women-owned business enterprises and small business enterprises.  It also provides an additional race and gender-neutral tool for the Authority to use in its efforts to ensure that all segments of the local business community have a reasonable and significant opportunity to participate in CCWA contracting.

CCWA’s SLBE Program continues to grow with more than $6.6 million spent with certified SLBE firms during the first two quarters of the current fiscal year putting the authority on track to surpass the $13.5 million that was spent with certified firms during the previous fiscal year.

“Small business is the backbone of our community bred by passionate, entrepreneurial spirits,” Parrilla says. “Small business is a fearless career that I applaud as I have seen firsthand how much effort it takes to be successful.”

Parrilla worked as an Ops and Development Manager for Tysam Tech, a locally owned, minority and women owned small engineering consulting firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands prior to joining CCWA in October 2021. This experience gave her a true understanding of what it takes to operate a small business and the importance of the business-to-business relationship.

“It is my hope to create opportunities for our local small businesses by continuous community engagement. The contractual, development, and networking opportunities are endless at CCWA, and it is my sole duty in becoming a partner to ensure that every small local business in our community and neighboring communities have access to those opportunities to foster business growth,” she adds.

The Informational Series provides an opportunity to meet CCWA staff, learn more about the goods and services CCWA purchases, the SLBE certification process, and how to do business with CCWA. The Workshop Series focuses on providing valuable resources that are vital in addressing challenges facing small businesses while providing networking opportunities.

2022 Informational Series sessions will be held on:

January 19 at 10 a.m.                    April12 at 2 p.m.

June 15 at 10 a.m.                          September 13 at 2 p.m.


2022 Workshop Series sessions will be held on:

February 9 at 10 a.m.                    May 10 at 2 p.m.

July 13 at 10 a.m.                            October 20 at 2 p.m.

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