The UW Minority Business Awards were held on Dec. 3 in Seattle. The dinner is an annual event that recognizes companies and individuals that have helped advance the UW Consulting and Business Development Center's mission of growing jobs in underserved communities and accelerating student careers.
Northwest Mountain MSDC Corporate Member Microsoft was honored with the Corporate Partner Award for making a substantial impact on the Center's development over a five-year period. "We are honored to receive the 2014 Corporate Partner Award. Our achievements are in large part due to our partnership with the UW and Northwest Mountain MSDC. We accept this as a down payment on what we will do in the future for minority business," said Fernando Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director at Microsoft. As a founding Corporate Member for the weeklong Minority Business Executive Program, Microsoft has been a strategic partner with UW in the Center's growing national impact.
Three Council-certified MBEs were honored at the dinner: HyGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., winner of the Trailblazer Award; Magellan Architects, winner of the Business Mentor Award; and Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. winner of the William D. Bradford Minority Business of the Year. "It is a great honor. We take great pride in nearly 30 years of growth in this industry as a minority business. We would not have achieved this level of recognition or success without the relationships we have fostered through our involvement with NMSDC as an MBE and we look forward to expanding our business within the community and beyond," said Mayumi Nakamura, President/CEO of Pacific Software Publishing.
Magellan Architects was recognized for its demonstrated commitment to growing minority-owned business. "Our company is honored to receive the University of Washington's Business Mentor Award for 2014. We like to extend our culture of service to the larger community by giving back through volunteering and mentoring," said Pedro Castro, president of the company. "Magellan staff members are encouraged to volunteer at organizations related to their own interests and for causes they passionately care about. Our staff is glad to be recognized not just for our design work, but for the work we do for the community beyond architecture. For Magellan, serving the larger community also means helping other minority businesses to be successful and extending the mission of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council. As an MBE- and DBE-certified firm ourself, it is important to our company to work with and create relationships with other MWBE firms." Magellan has its own ACE Mentor Program and continues to be involved with low-income families through youth soccer.
Since 1995, the UW Consulting and Business Development Center has engaged students in learning experiences that bolster the competitiveness of businesses in underserved communities. More than $85 million in new revenue has been generated and more than 10,000 jobs created and retained across Washington State.