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Tuesday
Apr012014

Northwest MSDC Celebrates MBEs at 2014 Annual Awards Dinner

 

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) held its 2014 Awards Dinner and  Business Conference on March 6 - 7, 2014, at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel. The dinner recognized individuals, minority business enterprises (MBEs), corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits who continue to work tirelessly in advocating for the development of minority owned business opportunities. The Silent Auction raised over $13,000 toward the Scholarship Fund, through which the Northwest Mountain MSDC sends minority entrepreneurs to various universities around the country for a business education and network opportunities. With over 50 items for bid, this was the largest auction to date. Separated into 10 categories, the Northwest Mountain MSDC’s prizes, nominees, and winners were as follows:  

 

  • Public Agency of the Year: WINNER - Seattle City Light.  Also nominated were the City of Seattle Public Utilities, King County, Port of Seattle, and University of Washington.

Mr. Javier Valdez, on behalf of Seattle City Light, accepts the award.

  • Regional Corporation of the Year: WINNER – T-Mobile USA, Inc. Also nominated were Costco, REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), Union Bank and Wyndham Worldwide.

Flavio Rossi, Senior Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain Operations for T-Mobile USA, accepts the award.

  • National Corporation of the Year: WINNER - The Boeing Company. Also nominated were BNSF, Microsoft Corporation, Nordstrom, Inc., Starbucks Corporation and State Farm. 
  • Class I Supplier of the Year: WINNER - Pacific Communications Consultants, Inc. Also nominated were Fena Flowers, Flyright Productions, NW Shredding, Pyramide Productions, and the Russell Group. 
  • Class II Supplier of the Year: WINNER - Magellan Architects. Also nominated were Idea Entity, Kalani Packaging, LDC, Inc., Piraeus Data, LLC, PMT Solutions, Inc., TD Wang Advertising Group, LLC, TokuSaku Consulting and Trio NAE.
  • Class III Supplier of the Year: WINNER - General Microsystems, Inc. Also nominated were A-Check America, Inc. and Cayuse Technologies, Eagle Beverage, Managed Business Solutions, Mobile Integration, PromoShop, Sterling Bank Services, Inc.
  • Class IV Supplier of the Year: WINNER - World Wide Technology. Also nominated were Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), Guy Brown, PetroCard, Populus Group, and Zones, Inc.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC bestowed advocacy awards upon individuals that displayed true commitment to the development and growth of MBE firms over the year 2013:

  • The John A. Gilmore Award goes to a minority business owner who exemplifies the spirit of activism and business expansion by being a strong advocate for fellow MBEs: WINNER - Mr. Shahzad Qadri, Wong Fleming Attorneys at Law. Also nominated was Mr. Frank Lemos, LDC, Inc. 
  • The Robert R. Ryan Award goes to an individual employed by a Corporate member who exemplifies the commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing the development of minority business success through business contracts: WINNER - Mr. Robert L. Ryan, first Executive Director of the Council in 1976.  
  • The Champion Award goes to an individual employed by a Public Agency member who is committed to creating business opportunities and advancing the development of minority businesses through governmental contracting: WINNERS - Mr. Javier Valdez, Seattle City Light and Ms. Vicky Schiantarelli, Seattle Public Utilities. Also nominated was Mr. Servando Patlan, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. 

View photos of the event at https://www.facebook.com/northwestmsdc.    

 

 

Friday
Mar282014

18th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) will hosts its 18th annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction on August 26th. Simply by playing golf, participants support minority business enterprises (MBEs); proceeds from the event will fund educational opportunities for those businesses.
This Scholarship Fundraiser is vital in supporting the Council’s mission to develop education opportunities for MBEs and corporate members. “Our MBEs win, our corporate members benefit from the opportunity to work with well-educated and well-trained MBEs, and we benefit because we manage the process of engagement,” Martinez said. MBEs can receive scholarship funds to attend minority executive programs offered by two prestigious business schools across the country; participate in Northwest Mountain MSDC’s events and conferences throughout the year; or travel to the annual National MSDC Conference.
This year, the fundraiser will take place at the gorgeous China Creek in Newcastle, Washington. More than 300 MBEs and 100 corporate members have been invited to the fundraiser. The Council is seeking donations for the silent auction as well as event sponsors. 
“The Scholarship Fundraiser enables us to help all of our stakeholders,” Martinez said. Folks will be able to leverage the opportunity to have fun while we’re networking!
Friday
Mar282014

Council Releases New Data on MBE’s in our Region

The Council has expanded and is thriving as the new Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, incorporating the states of Utah and Wyoming into our region.  With the new expansion, the Council is releasing new data on current certified minority owned businesses in our region, as an overview of the current state of the market.
The data below provides current data on the location, ethnicity, industry and gender of minority business enterprises (MBEs) in our region. Below are some highlights: 
  • 53% of certified MBEs are located in Washington State and 19% of certified MBEs are located in Oregon State. .37% of certified MBEs are located in Wyoming State.
  • 26% of certified MBEs are of Asian Pacific Islander descent and 18% of certified MBEs are of Hispanic descent. 11% of certified MBEs are of Asian Indian descent. 
  • 34% of certified MBEs have a business code of Consultant Professional and 24% of certified MBEs have a business code of Service Contractor. .37% of certified MBEs have a business code of Manufacture Rep.
  • 78% of certified MBEs are male owned enterprises.

Friday
Mar282014

Council Enhances Technology

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is increasing their social media presence to better engage with corporate members, certified MBEs, public agencies and affiliate Regional Councils. New social media will allow for better feedback and shared experiences. The Council will also be driving thought leadership in supplier diversity and will be highlighting corporate members, public agencies and MBEs. 
In addition to new email and web addresses, the Council is proud to announce the addition of a new Bing feature, allowing for the translation of the Council’s website content into multiple languages. These are only some of the nodes the Council is expanding for its new media initiative and outreach to minority owned businesses and potential corporate members interested in creating value through supplier diversity.
The Council would love to hear about your experiences on social media! Our new social media presence includes Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. In support of our efforts, we invite you to:

 

Tuesday
Oct292013

Boeing hailed as ‘pioneer’ at Northwest MSDC Founder’s Celebration

Northwest MSDC President and CEO Fernando Martinez, Abby Martinez, and Pedro de Magalhaes Castro, principal of Magellan ArchitectsBoeing was the name on everyone’s lips at the Northwest MSDC’s last major event of 2013, the Founder’s Dinner Celebration on Oct. 11. The dinner not only commemorated The Boeing Company’s founding of the organization on Oct. 20, 1978, but also Boeing’s support of diverse suppliers through the years.

Representatives from the MSDC’s corporate members and minority business enterprises attended the celebration, held at the scenic Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash.

“The Boeing Company is a pioneer,” said Fernando Martinez, president and CEO of Northwest MSDC. “We’ve got many companies here because Boeing led the pack.” In 1974, Robert L. Ryan, then Boeing’s corporate administrator for small and disadvantaged business programs, had a vision “to create equity and inclusion for minority businesses,” Martinez said.

The Northwest MSDC Board of Directors with the MSDC's birthday cake.Boeing provided the funding to start the Puget Sound Council and became its first member. According to Tom Nesby of Nesby & Associates, Inc., “Boeing helped to establish credibility and value to this Council.” Nesby, who has been involved in the MSDC since the early 1980s, added that Boeing has “demonstrated a long-term commitment to serving the Council.”

Nesby gave one of four MBE testimonials at the celebration. Another was given by Earl Overstreet, who said General Microsystems, Inc. has been doing business for 30 years thanks to an ongoing contract with Boeing. “Boeing has been the wings for GMI for almost 30 years, the wings for the Council for 35 years, and the wings for the Puget Sound region for almost 100 years,” he said.

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