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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.