SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (NOVEMBER 6, 2017) – “Fueling Economic Growth” was the fitting theme for the 2017 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange held in Detroit, Michigan from October 22nd – 25th, 2017. Known as the world’s automotive center, Motor City or Motown. Several of NMSDC corporate members, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comerica and Johnson Controls, are headquartered in Detroit. NMSDC Chairman and Ford Motor Company President of Global Operations Joseph R. Hinrichs welcomed Conference Participants on behalf of NMSDC, which has now grown to be the country’s leading corporate membership organization, with more than 1,400 corporate members and 12,000 certified minority businesses.
Every year, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) supports the NMSDC by participating in various conference events, awarding Conference scholarships to MBEs, providing assistance to stakeholders attending the conference and business opportunity exchange, and helping promote the event. The conferences kicked off the networking portion of the event at the Welcome Reception on October 22nd at the Detroit Lions Stadium/ Ford Field where attendees enjoyed an evening of live music, local entertainment, international food stands and networking. Conference participants gave rousing reactions to keynote speakers including Andra Rush, Chair and CEO of Rush Trucking Corporation, CEO and President of Dakkota Integrated Systems and Chair, CEO and President of Detroit Manufacturing Systems. The Business Opportunity Exchange held on Monday, October 23rd, featured both MBE and Corporate Member exhibits facilitating new connections, strengthening existing relationships, and exposing all Members and MBEs to over 6,000 participants.
The Northwest Mountain MSDC hosted a private reception for Corporate/Public Agency Members, Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and guests on October 24th at TOWNHOUSE Detroit. Every year, the Council awards two $1,000.00 Conference Scholarships to MBEs attending the NMSDC Conference. MBEs attending the private reception participated in a raffle where two winners were selected to receive $1,000.00 Conference Scholarships. Northwest Mountain MSDC President and CEO Fernando Martinez presented the $1,000.00 scholarships each to Don Durham of Inlingua Utah and RC Sunkara of Mavensoft Technologies.
Hosted annually by the NMSDC, the next NMSDC Conference is from October 14th – 17th, 2018 in Austin, Texas.
To learn more about the NMSDC Conference view the press release.
The second session for “Building an Effective Marketing Process” a 3-part MBE Development Series was held in Tukwila, Washington on November 3rd, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The series was presented by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Designed to streamline Council-certified minority business enterprise (MBE) branding, marketing, advertising, publicity and target market engagement, the discussion focused on using websites and social media to promote and grow their business. Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC moderated the discussion.
- Dennis Brooks, President, Trio Group
- Daniel Sung Park, Founder, Eclaro International
- Jeff Quint, Executive Vice President, Trio Group
The panel reviewed participant websites prior to the session and provided constructive feedback and examples on how to increase online presence and improve effective storytelling through rich media.
The panelists covered the fundamentals of online marketing:
- Social media
Participants consisted of an enthusiastic group of MBEs. As with previous sessions, participants expressed positive feedback and anticipation for the third and last session on November 17th, 2017.
To learn more, visit www.nwmtnmsdc.org/bemp.