SMSDC News                               January 2018
From the President's Desk

Happy New Year and welcome to a prosperous 2018!
It h as always been the intent of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council(NMSDC) to be very focused on certifying, developing, connecting and advocating for our minority-owned businesses. Minority owned businesses have demonstrated although initially small in number, we become an economic powerhouse when we collaborate and connect. To continue to equip our MBEs with the tools needed for their future success, the SMSDC team is working diligently on our 2018 Calendar of Events.  Each local Regional Task Force (RTF) is preparing events and workshops filled with educational & networking opportunities.   
On Thursday, January 18th the San Antonio area Regional Task Force will host their 2018 kick-off event.  Debbie Trevino with Treco Services will discuss her experience participating & winning the 2017 MBE Idol.  She will give her insight on why you should participate in the upcoming 2018 MBE Idol.  Renee Watson, Director with Bexar County, will discuss on "How to do Business with Bexar County."

On Monday, January 22nd, the El Paso' area Regional Task Force will host their 2018 kick-off event where Beatriz Fernandez with DataXport will present her vision and ask for your support to be elected as SMSDC's MBEIC Chair in the upcoming elections.

On Monday, February 5th, the Austin area Regional Task Force will host their 2018 kick-off event. Additional details forthcoming.

Registration for each of the RTF events mentioned is available on our website,
Our Annual Stakeholder's Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 20th at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas facility in San Antonio, TX.  As an SMSDC Stakeholder, please join us for this annual event to collaborate, discuss barriers & successes and plan for a better 2018.  The MBEIC Chair position is up for re-election in 2018.  The MBEIC Chair leads the Minority Business  
Entrepreneur Committee (MBEIC), whom is committed to being an agent of change. The committee assists SMSDC in recruiting and retaining minority business entrepreneurs and helps inform MBEs on how to do business with corporate America. The committee formulates and conducts innovative 
workshops for MBEs to learn the necessary business disciplines in creating expansion and growth    
opportunities through forging strategic alliances, joint venturing, and market positioning within existing business models.
Voting ballots will be distributed to all Certified MBEs for on site voting during the annual meeting. After the meeting, all Stakeholder's are invited to take a tour of the Toyota plant.  If you have not taken this tour in the past, this is your chance!   Advance registration is necessary for the tours and we do not want you to be left out. Please note, high heels are strongly discouraged. Please be sure to have a pair of flats to change into prior to going on the tour. Stay tuned for additional details regarding the Annual Stakeholder's Meeting coming soon! To register, please click here now.
And please save the dates of October 14-17, 2018 for NMSDC's 2018 Conference & Business Opportunity Fair, which will be held at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin, Texas.  Planning officially kicked off on December 6th in Austin, TX during a Meet-and-Greet event.  I would like to personally thank the corporate members and certified MBEs who were able to join us in the Meet-and-Greet event.  Your thoughts and ideas that were shared at the event were very much invaluable. We hope you will become further involved by serving as our partners in creating an exciting event full of learning, networking and entertainment opportunities. As more information is provided about the upcoming opportunity fair, it will be distributed.
We encourage all of our MBEs to take full advantage of the above opportunities and make those critical connections, essential to growing their bottom line. In addition to attending the RTF networking events in your area and conferences, utilize the MBE to MBE portal, which is included in your certification to expand your access to potential contracts to help you grow your business. We so often hear from our MBEs, I never thought of connecting with another MBE. I was so busy trying to connect with "big dogs" I overlooked the tremendous value add of getting in on the ground floor with another MBE who was interested in partnering with me.
We look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming events in 2018.

In This Issue

Thank you for your SMSDC Application. To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner,
will be added to ANY applications that are received via FEDEX, CERTIFIED MAIL or REGULAR MAIL.
ALL NEW and RECERTICATION applications are to be uploaded without exception. If you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact:
Eduardo-Muniz-Fraticelli at 512.297.6478, e-mail for all NEW Applications

Both are available Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00p.m. CST



"How to print my MBE certificate"

1.  How to retain a copy of your certification:

First, visit our website 

2.  Click on the "MBE Login" on the top right.

3.  On the next screen on the top right select "Login"

4.  Enter your e-mail address as your username and password.

5.  Lastly click on the "Print" button  (located on the left side of your screen, as seen in the attached picture) this link allow you to download and print your certificate.

If you have any other questions, doubts, or concerns, please don't hesitate in contacting Michelle Veloz or direct line: 512-386-8766.

SMSDC offers subscription services to all of our Corporate Members, Certified MBEs & Certified MBEs from other RMSD Councils.  What are subscription services & how will they benefit my business?
Subscription services include:

Access to developmental tool: Benchmarking &  Capacity Plus during our major events


Business Plan Enhancement




Lunch with the SMSDC President


Referrals & Introductions


Corporate Supplier Diversity Portal Registration


Industry Group Participation


Business Market Research


Targeted Matchmaking during the Premier Face Time Expo event


Access to MBE2MBE Database


Fees for subscription services vary.  Contact our Austin office at 512.386.8766 or email us at today.  






Real Time Solutions   


JANUARY 18, 2018
"San Antonio Kick off 2018"
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Treco Services, 904 N. Zarzamora
San Antonio, TX 78207

JANUARY 22, 2018
"Kick off 2018 & Get to know your El Paso MBEIC Chair Nominee"
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Tacoholics Restaurant
1613 Ste. 201, N. Zaragoza, El Paso, TX 79936

FEBRUARY 20, 2018
"Annual Stakeholder's Meeting"
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
One Lone Star Pass, San Antonio, TX

JUNE 7-8, 2018
"Premier Face Time Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable, MBE Idol Finals & Award Ceremony"
The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
Registration coming soon!


The SMSDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to certifying, connecting and developing minority-owned businesses (MBEs). Through active leadership & professional education, the SMSDC works with major corporations throughout the United States and MBEs within the Central and Southwest Texas regions, Oklahoma and New Mexico to increase participation in diversity programs.


Austin headquarters: 512.386.8766 
El Paso: 915.433.0612
Oklahoma: 405.767.9900 
San Antonio : 512.297.6478

Join us for SMSDC's Annual Stakeholders' Meeting on Tuesday, February 20th at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, One Lone Star Pass, in San Antonio, TX.  Get to know your local council, network with SMSDC's Board of Directors, Corporate Members, Certified MBEs and staff. 

MBEIC Elections will be held during the Annual Stakeholders' Meeting  
The MBEIC Chair leads the Minority Business Entrepreneur Committee (MBEIC), whom is committed to being an agent of change. The committee assists SMSDC in recruiting and retaining minority business entrepreneurs and helps inform MBEs on how to do business with corporate America.

The committee formulates and conducts innovative workshops for MBEs to learn the necessary business disciplines in creating expansion and growth opportunities through forging strategic alliances, joint venturing, and market positioning within existing business models.
**If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Carol Thomas at 512.386.8766 or email at Official elections will be held promptly at 9 a.m. on February 20th prior to the commence of the Annual Meeting.  On site ballots will be distributed to all Certified MBEs in attendance for voting.  You must be present to vote.   The new MBEIC Chair will be introduced during the Annual Meeting.**

New Certified MBEs!
Custom Seating, Inc - Muskogee, OK
Forefront IP Lawgroup of Christie & Rivera, PLLC - Austin, TX 
G-IT Going, LLC - San Marcos, TX 
Secopsa USA, LLC - San Antonio, TX 
Sequoyah Team - Buda, TX 
1 2 3 Go Drive LLC - San Antonio, TX 
Alamo D & S, LLC - San Antonio, TX 
JURADO, INC. - Las Cruces, NM 
Pescador Public Strategies - San Antonio, TX
Therapy Staff, LLC - Austin, TX 
Transportation Demand Management LLC - Austin, TX 
Unami, LLC - Anadarko, OK 
Bullero Trucking, LLC - Odessa, TX 
Ramon Worthington, PLLC - McAllen, TX 
C&D Utility Consulting, LLC - San Antonio, TX 
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP - San Antonio, TX 
International Academy of Tax and Trade Law, LLC - San Antonio, TX 
Little Red Rooster Ice Cream Company - Austin, TX 
Mobile Cardiac Imaging, LLC - Tulsa, OK 
Seco Spice Company, Ltd. Co. - Berino, NM  

Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

A.C.T. Cooling Towers Inc.
Applied Energy Solutions, Inc.
Basin Environmental & Safety Technologies, LLC.
Caballero Brokers, Inc.
Cortex Consulting Services Inc.
DMCA Partnership Group, LLP
Erives Enterprises Inc.
Frontline Support Solutions, LLC
Gilliam IP PLLC
Griffin Food Company
HG Arias & Associates, LP
Jova Inc.
King's Eco Plastics, LLC
L & L Brown, Inc.
LatinWorks Marketing, LLC
Marc A. Rodriguez
Mitas Electronics, LLC
Monica Buying Service
NPMI Management, Inc.
Omni Packaging Corporation
Onsite Contracting, LLC
PCR International Inc.
Power Of Two Productions, LLC
Primary Utility Services, LLC.
Probus Sway
Production Fire and Safety, LLC
R & D Contracting, Inc.
R&B Fleet Services LLC
Rose Systems Corporation
Ross Molina Oliveros, PC
RSI, Inc
Virgo Associates II, LLC
Xyant Services, Inc.
Xyant Technology, Inc.

Requirement for All New MBEs:
You must participate in the training prior to the Certification Committee reviews your application.

All new MBE's must attend a Pre-Certification & Post-Certification training.  The training will be held by conference call several times a month for each session.  Please make sure to attend one pre-certification & one post-certification training in order to complete the certification process. Appointment is not necessary.

The following are dates available for January:
Wednesday, January 10th
Wednesday, January 17th
Wednesday, January 24th 
Wednesday, January 31st  
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code:  372354#
En EspaƱol:
La llamada requerida para poder obtener la Certificacion de Minoria esta disponible cada Miercoles del mes de 11am - 12pm CST.  Esta conferencia es requerida para todas las certificationes nuevas. 
Porfavor marcar al 641-715-0700, codigo: 372354# 
The Importance of NOT Letting your  
SMSDC Certification Expire!
We frequently receive frustrating calls by our MBEs telling us their SMSDC/HUB Certification has expired. Once your SMSDC certification expires, ALL MBEs have to begin the entire certification process from the beginning. Please note, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT PAPER APPLICATIONS. ALL certification is now done on-line. There are no exceptions.
For those MBEs in the STATE OF TEXAS, in addition to beginning the entire certification process all over again, the HUB certification, which enables you to bid on contracts, is no longer valid. The HUB certification process is only done once a month. This means for those MBEs in the State of Texas, they will now have to wait an entire month for their HUB certification.
Please make sure to check the expiration date on your SMSDC certification. You will receive an e-mail notification from the AdaptOne portal which looks similar to the image above.   

DO NOT ignore this e-mail. It is a courtesy reminder your certification is about to expire.   
Please contact Michelle Veloz at .
SMSDC along with Corporate Member, Johnson Controls Inc, is proud to offer Developmental Classes to all Corporate Members & Certified MBEs during each of our regional events. 

Learn more about these classes and how to register for the next session!

Benchmarking Plus is a process for corporations that seek to accelerate their supplier diversity initiatives based on real world experimentation. This two year process takes your corporation from where it is today to where it needs to be in the future in order to engage minority businesses in a sustainable manner.  Benchmarking Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your corporation determine what it is doing right and how you can help it approve.
Capacity Plus is a process for certified minority business enterprises that seek to enhance their sales and marketing processes and build their capacity to work with Fortune 500 corporations. This two year process provides practical insights that will help you address business challenges.  Capacity Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your company demystify corporate procurement processes.

Benchmarking Plus & Capacity Plus are led by Johnson Controls Inc, a world leader in supplier diversity, with more than 600 diverse suppliers and $1.8 billion in diverse spend.

If you are interested in signing up, please contact Mayra Pena at or call 915.433.0612.  These classes are complimentary but you must be an active corporate member or certified MBE to attend. 
Improving Your Relationship with Money in 2018
Michael F. Kay, Contributor

The turning of the calendar year is traditionally a time when you feel inspired by the possibilities of a new start, a new beginning, and the onset of positive change. It can be a time that is empowering, energetic and life supporting; it can forever alter the trajectory towards a more successful money life.
But like any change, you want to consider the good, the bad, the ugly, and importantly, the challenges that transitions can bring.

You can conquer your transition by distilling it down to key essential components:
1. As Simon Sinek says, "Start with Why". Understand not only why change is beneficial to your life but also that the outcomes are so powerful and important that no other choice remains. Begin with a declaration.
For example: I must become debt-free within the next 12 months; or
I must accumulate X dollars to go towards a down payment on a home, or
We must open and fund a college savings program for my child by February 1.
You get the drill; it's about why, in your heart and mind, something must occur. These are known as your "Money Musts".

2. The second step is to get a handle on where you are right now. If your "must" is to pay off your credit cards, then you have to know exactly how much money you owe, to whom, and how much money you have to reduce the debt. Using credit card debt as the example, you might need to tighten your belt and alter some of your spending decisions to a greater or lesser degree. If paying off the cards is so important, ask yourself what you're willing to do to make that happen!