You're invited to the 2018 Annual Conference

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MBE UPDATE | 2ND QUARTER 2018
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The Northwest Mountain MSDC invites you to the 2018 Annual Conference featuring Keynote Speaker Bobby Herrera, President of Populus Group. 

This year's conference theme, “Sustaining the Future of our Communities” focuses on sustainability and how it applies to supplier development.  “Our purpose is to demonstrate the interplay between supplier diversity, social responsibility, environmental management, economic systems and other concepts affecting sustainable business development,” said Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC.

2018 Annual Conference Highlights

  • Luncheon featuring Keynote Speaker Bobby Hererra
  • Information Sessions: Sustainability in Technology, Manufacturing and Retail
  • One-on-One Business Engagement Sessions
  • MBE Business Awards

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One-on-One Business Engagement Sessions at the 2018 Annual Conference

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One-on-One Business Engagement Sessions are specifically designed to match Certified MBEs with opportunities from Corporate/Public Agency Members. The meetings are coordinated in advance by Northwest Mountain MSDC and only available to Corporate/Public Agency Members and MBEs certified through the Northwest Mountain MSDC or other NMSDC affiliates/councils.

How to Participate:

  • Valid MBE certification is required
  • Register for 2018 Annual Conference
  • Use the Business Engagement Tool to generate your enhanced MBE profile
  • The Council will coordinate meetings for MBEs selected by Corporate/Public Agency Members

Note to MBEs:

Please register by April 30, 2018 to allow the Council enough time to promote your company to Corporate/Public Agency Members. This also allows Supplier Diversity Executives to pull together their Sourcing/Procurement Teams and find appropriate individuals who may want to meet with MBEs. Last minute registration limits time within which to match MBEs to potential opportunities.

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Information Sessions at the 2018 Annual Conference

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MBE UPDATE | 2ND QUARTER 2018
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2018 Annual Conference participants are invited to attend Information Sessions to participate in open discussions on sustainability. 

The Northwest Mountain MSDC is hosting three Information Sessions held concurrently from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM at the 2018 Annual Conference. Each session is led by a panel of corporate/public agency member executives specializing in sustainability, supplier diversity and/or responsible sourcing.

Session 1: Sustainability in Technology

Session 2: Sustainability in Manufacturing

Session 3: Sustainability in Retail

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Winning with MBE to MBE Business

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MBE UPDATE | 2ND QUARTER 2018
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An Interview with Carmen Nazario, MWVBE Owner, and President of ELYON International, Inc.

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) values Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) business engagement. To highlight the benefits of MBE to MBE partnerships and collaboration, we interviewed Carmen Nazario, Minority, Woman and Veteran-Owner and President of ELYON International, Inc., and MBE to MBE advocate.

How active is your company with MBE to MBE business engagement?

We are quite active with the MBE community and have been steadily working with MBEs for over twelve years with various types of business engagements. In some cases we were the prime contractor (prime) and they were the sub-contractor (sub). In other cases we were the sub and they were the prime. The earliest MBE partnership I can recall was around 2005. The longest—and largest in terms of revenue—was a five year contract with a federal agency, which ended in 2017. In that particular instance, ELYON International was the prime.

Overall, how did working with MBEs (past and present) impact your business?

Working with MBEs enabled us to increase our capabilities and capacity, and leverage our expertise. As an example, we recently partnered with a small business to do a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project for a state agency. We provided the GIS Project Management services, while our MBE partner provided the Lidar technology expertise. We were the prime on the contract and the outcome was successful project deliverables to the state agency.

To view the full interview, please visit the Council blog.

 


New Regional Corporate and Public Agency Members - 1st Quarter 2018

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New MBE Certifications - 1st Quarter 2018

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