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APRIL 2022


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From the President's Desk

Hello Stakeholders',

Thank you all for participating in the recent monthly events! Your dedication and commitment to the SMSDC are truly appreciated. Along with the recent events, please

SAVE THE DATE for SMSDC's BIGGEST event of the year! The 2022 Premier Face Time Virtual Expo will take place on June 15-16th. The annual virtual event is a networking forum designed to connect Minority Business Enterprises with corporations that are looking for procurement opportunities with diversity suppliers. The two-day event will be full of networking, matchmaking, development and connecting programs. Early registration for the 2022 Premier Face Time is now open. For Certified MBEs only! Be one of the first 50 MBEs to register for a $25 discount off your registration. The discount offer is for Certified MBEs only. You must contact Mayra Peña at to get the discount code. 

Another exciting announcement! SMSDC has been selected to participate in NMSDC's Centers of Excellence Certification Program. This program facilitates the development and growth of certified diverse businesses to compete and become more prepared to meet the more rigorous vendor requirements currently in use by the council member corporations. MBEs have been selected and invited to participate in this astounding opportunity. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Mayra Peña at

I would like to again thank all stakeholders for your continuous involvement and support of the SMSDC. Please continue to stay safe and take care of one another.


Karen Box

President & CEO


APRIL 21st

SMSDC Regional Task Force Event:

"Regional Task Force Espresso Series: Minority Businesses – the Fabric of our State"


April 21, 2022

4-5 p.m.

Register now for this free webinar.

Click here to sign up.


"Premier Face Time Virtual Expo"

June 15-16, 2022

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Registration now open!

Register early and save..... CLICK here now!

SMSDC 2021 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2021 Annual Report. The annual report shares SMSDC's 2021 activities and financial position. Please take a look to see the Council's success in 2021.

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Feature Story:

SMSDC's Center of Excellence Certificate Program


Centers of Excellence, an SMSDC program, facilitates the development and growth of certified diverse businesses to compete and become more prepared to meet the more rigorous vendor requirements currently in use by the council member corporations.


  • Helping minority businesses better compete in a global environment
  • Aligning more closely the sales methods of MBEs with the procurement processes of corporate members
  • Developing a portfolio of capacity building models/templates for use
  • Strengthening corporate supplier diversity processes
  • Enhancing corporation minority supplier development process by using NMSDC Best Practices
  • Providing opportunities for corporations to benchmark successful minority supplier development strategies among corporate peers
  • Providing increased business opportunities for both corporate members and MBEs through learning from each other’s competitive strengths
  • Having a greater impact on improving the economic environment of the community by reinforcing the concept of buying among and between corporations and MBE companies, improving competitive market position by helping corporations satisfy the expectation of an increasingly diverse customer base


Meetings for this program take place virtually and will use video conferencing to connect. Cohorts with Employee Resource Groups, Subject Matter Experts, and University Professors throughout the course of the 12-month program. At the end of the program, upon Cohort completion, the Cohort will participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate award.

The cohort consists of representatives from Johnson & Johnson, SMSDC Corporate Members who will serve as Executive Coaches, Class IV and Corporate Plus members who will serve as Mentors, and MBEs who serve as Mentees. 

To learn more about this program, contact Mayra Peña at


New and Recertified MBEs


Carbon Asset Developer Associates, LLC

Gary Clyne

Alamo, TX

CARBON ASSET DEVELOPER ASSOCIATES LLC (CADA) is a Texas-based HUB, HUBZone, DBE firm. CADA provides general contracting, design-build, construction program management, and building services to a broad range of government, commercial, and industrial clients. Our mission is to deliver outstanding operating and financial results by aggressively building and managing a balanced portfolio of oil and gas services and sustainable development with an assortment of growth opportunities covering a range of risks and rewards. We accomplish this by building a culture committed to effective stewardship, continuous improvement, and pure performance.

Dynamic Mission Solutions

Danny Dumlao

Georgetown, TX

Dynamic Mission Solutions provides consultation services and training on digital communications systems, military tactics, facility security and firearms manipulation. We also consult on engineering requirements for digital communications and situational awareness systems, program management, analysis of tactics and procedures, and leadership development. Lastly, we coordinate marketing through testing and demonstrations of systems beneficial to our customers and provide technical feedback for system improvements or modifications back to the vendor.

Enkryptocorp, LLC

Eniola Delano

San Antonio, TX

Information Technology and Cybersecurity Services; IT Audit; RMF/CSF/FFIEC Assessments; Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Services; CMMC Assessments; Documentation; Policies, Procedures, Standards, System Security Plans; Vulnerability Management and Remediation; Security Controls Assessment; Security Assessment Report; Program Management.

MPI Machinery and Design, LLC

Miguel Perez

El Paso, TX

Founded since 1996, offering wide range of services including Precision Machining, Molds and Dies, Custom Equipment and Mechanical Engineering services.; MPI is not just a tool shop...; MPI utilizes an R&D concept as a guide to provide solutions to our client?s needs.; We research your need, develop a concept, fabricate the idea and integrate your solution.

Reed Global Networks

Stephen Reed

San Antonio, TX

Reed Global Networks offers systems integration, managed services, wireless/wireline services, global VAR logistics, last mile logistics and installation, NOC/SOC dispatch, IT technical staffing and custom programming. From wireline to wireless services we have an assortment of offerings that can help service providers with their client's needs as they grow in size or complexity.

Reyco Medical

Tomas Rey

El Paso, TX

Resale of medical supplies such as surgical gloves, masks, PPE equipment, oximeters, pulse-meters


Charonda Jordan

Tulsa, OK

Non-Medical Home Care Agency offering services such as bathing, dressing, feeding, meal prep, light house keeping, errands and transporting patients to doctor appointments.

Valtava, LLC

Joaquin Valencia

El Paso, TX

Purchase and resale of clothing garments for resale.

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Abacus Computers Inc.


Alexander Global

Amerimex Air Charters, LLC

Appro, Inc.


CarbonBetter, LLC

Cervantes Food Products, Inc.

Champion Supply Company, LLC.

Chickasaw Energy Solutions, LLC



Danrick Industries Inc.

Dean Baldwin Painting, L.P.

Dorada Foods

Erives Enterprises Inc.

FMC Industries LLC

Frontera Concepts, LLC

Garcia Baldwin Inc

Global Scaffolding & Insulation, LLC.

goERO International, LLC

Gomez Floor Covering, Inc

Great Southwest Tool Company


Howl Transportation LLC

Inclusive Logistics, LLC

International Transportation Services, Inc.

J.O. Alvarez, Inc.

JN3 Global Enterprises LLC

Lopez Foods, Inc.

Medwheels Inc

Mitas Electronics, LLC

Munoz Trucking, Inc.

Name Brands Solutions Inc

Oliver Termite & Pest Control

Parkerco, Inc.

Pathway Services Inc.

Pedro S.S. Services. Inc

Pencil Cup Office Products Inc.

Precision Technology Inc

Pulselight LLC

R&B Fleet Services LLC

Reliable Staffing Corporation

RF-IP, Inc.

Singh Law, PLLC

SOAL Technologies, LLC.

Today's Roofing, Inc.

Treco Services, Inc

UIS International Services Corp

Viking Fence Co Ltd


Vutex, Inc.

New MBE Applicants: Register for

Pre-Certification Sessions

Participation in the information session should take place prior to the submittal of your application to SMSDC. 


All new MBE's must attend Pre-Certification & Post-Certification sessions to assist with the application process. Applicants can now schedule an appointment for One-On-One Information Sessions. The sessions are held by scheduled appointment only every Wednesday from 10am-12pm. 


We will discuss:

  • Criteria for Certification
  • Review of the Application Process
  • Answer most common application questions


To get certified you will need to meet the criteria set forth by NMSDC, complete the online application and upload all required documentation.


Please email Alana Ortega at to register for the Pre-Certification Session to complete the first step in the certification process.

Certification FAQs


Is it time for you to renew your MBE Certification?

Updating and verifying your business information is a MANDATORY requirement in the Recertification process.

ANNUAL SALES must be entered before submitting your application.

Any application that is incomplete may be delayed beyond the normal processing time.

Email: with any recertification questions.


Alana Ortega,

Certification Manager

Gabrielle Ramirez,



Plus+ Program

In alignment of SMSDC’s four pillars, Certify. Develop. Connect. Advocate., education continues to be fundamental. Launched in 2012, SMSDC continues to offer the PLUS+ Platform classes: Benchmarking Plus & Capacity Plus. These signature programs are a mix of in person & online courses presented by supplier diversity expert Reginald K. Layton, Vice President, Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability for Johnson Controls’ Inc and Ralph G. Moore, CPA, president of Ralph G. Moore & Associates (RGMA). Moore is recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought-leaders in the area of supplier diversity and minority business development.

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For CORPORATE MEMBERS ONLY is a process to accelerate supplier diversity initiatives based on real world experimentation. Benchmarking Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your corporation strengthen your supplier diversity processes. Learn more here

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For CERTIFIED MBEs is a process to enhance sales and marketing processes and build their capacity to work with Fortune 500 corporations.  Learn more here

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The next series of Plus+ Platform classes will take place on Thursday, February 24th. If you are interested in participating in these classes, please contact Mayra Pena at You must be a current Certified MBE or Corporate Member to register.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Registration is now open!

Regional Task Force Espresso Series:

Minority Businesses – the Fabric of our State

April 21, 2022

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us on April 21st for a virtual webinar sharing invaluable information on "How to do business with Bexar County & University Health Systems - San Antonio". Speakers will share processes and registration to become a supplier. 

Mark Winchester with the SBA will present updates on the Community Advantage Pilot Program, SBA's newest pilot loan program for small businesses.

A conversation with certified MBE, Clifton Taulbert, "Accelerate your Imagination/Ask a Thousand Questions if Necessary".

Registration is free! Don't miss out!

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Meet the Speakers

Renee Watson responsibilities include coordinating, facilitating, implementing and monitoring the County’s Small, Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Liaison and Title VI Coordinator. She acts as a liaison with offices and departments to ensure that SMWBEs have access to County procurement, contracting and professional services opportunities. She reviews current practices to assess and recommend improvements to increase participation. Renee works in cooperation with the Purchasing Agent, offices and departments to explore these concepts and analyze the advantages and disadvantages to modifying current practices. In addition, she works directly with community organizations, other public entities and vendors to promote participation and access in local, state and federal and private sector procurement opportunities. She is a member of the County Manager’s Executive Leadership Team. 

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Renee Watson,


Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department 

Bexar County, Texas 

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Latifah Jackson,

Supplier Diversity Manager

University Health Systems -

San Antonio

Latifah Jackson is a procurement professional specializing in Texas government procurement and a small business advocate. Latifah is currently the Supplier Diversity Manager at University Health in San Antonio, Texas. Her mission is to educate business owners on how to do business with government entities and help them further develop their companies. She has developed and lead efforts locally and nationally.  Latifah prides herself with being a learner, having an innovative thought process and excellent customer service, which she credits for her quick acceleration in her career. Latifah is a Certified Texas Procurement Manager, Certified Texas Contract Manager and a Certified Contracts Administrator. Latifah currently serves on the Board for the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, Board of Directors as Member at Large for the San Antonio Public Purchasing Association and participates in other Professional Organizations. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Incarnate Word.

Mark Winchester is the Deputy District Director for the Houston District Office of the U.S Small Business Administration and has been with the agency for 10 years.

As Deputy District Director, duties include supervising district staff and assisting the District Director in overseeing the delivery of SBA programs and services in the 32 counties served by the district. Last year, this included over $1Billion in loan guarantees and surety for small businesses in the district.

Winchester is also 2015 Ike Award Recipient. Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service was created to allow the President to recognize civilian officers or employees of the federal government who have made contributions "so outstanding that the officer or employee is deserving of greater public recognition than that which can be accorded by the head of the department or agency in which he is employed."

Before joining SBA, Mr. Winchester worked for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) for nearly eight years. During that time period Mr. Winchester worked for the Women’s Business Center (WBC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and the Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). 

Mr. Winchester is also a three-time recipient of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) District Office Counselor of the Year Award and a two-time recipient of both the SBDC State Star Award and Congressional Letters of Recognition. 

While at UTRGV, Mr. Winchester held various positions including SBDC Certified Business Advisor (CBA) Level IV Counselor, Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant SBDC Director. In addition, Mr. Winchester served as VBOC Director and Director of the Rio South Texas Regional PTAC.

Prior to UTRGV, Mr. Winchester was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for a non-profit in the area of housing and economic development. Mr. Winchester has also worked for several insurance companies and was exposed to complex litigation, risk management, and underwriting. Mr. Winchester has also worked for the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office as well as U.S. Navy Submarine Force.

Mr. Winchester holds an AS, BBS, and MBA from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. His expertise is in Finance and Information Technology.

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Mark Winchester,

Deputy District Director

Houston District Office

U.S. Small Business


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Clifton L. Taulbert,


Freemount Corporation

Entrepreneur, Pulitzer Nominee, International Lecturer

The United States Supreme Court was not the picture that Clifton Taulbert saw each morning growing up on the Mississippi Delta. He saw cotton fields—a world he thought would never change. But change it did, and the podium at the Library of Congress, where he was once invited as the special guest speaker of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is just one of the many places where his journey has taken him. The former migrant cotton field worker is now an award-winning author, an entrepreneur, an educator, an inspiration, and a CEO of two different companies: Taulbert is the founder of the Freemount Corporation –an  international human capital consultancy and the President & CEO of ROOTS JAVA COFFEE an African American owned  national coffee supply company.

Taulbert, the writer, is recognized and embraced around the world, from South Africa to Australia. His first book, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, became an international bestseller and a major motion picture. The United States government selected the book as a gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison in 1990.

His most recent book, The Invitation, was chosen by the Architect of the United States Capitol as part of the 50thanniversary celebration of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Legislation. Taulbert has written fourteen books in total, produced a major motion picture, and served as a consultant on several documentaries: Jews in the Delta and the Emmy-award winning Boomtown: An American Journey, which details the birth of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 2018, Taulbert was asked by the University of Utah to open their 2018 Fulbright Scholars Innovation Conference, where he spoke to one hundred and twenty scholars from around the world. Taulbert’s address, The Revival of the Inquisitive Mind, was widely enjoyed at the U.S. State Department-sponsored conference.

Taulbert, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He now serves as a Trustee for the University of Tulsa and is on the Board of Reference at Oral Roberts University. In 2017, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association, presented Taulbert with the 2017 Citizen Diplomat Award, the highest honor given by Global Ties U.S.

Taulbert has been inducted into the Enlisted Airman Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the 27th NAACP Image Award for Literature. He is a Trustee for the Tulsa Library Trust, the Oklahoma Foundation for Academic Excellence, and the Tulsa Historical Society, and he serves on the Eudora Welty Advisory Board, the Anne Kathryn Sickle Cell Fund, and the Indian Nation Council of Boy Scouts.

Taulbert lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and shares his life with his wife, Barbara. They have one son, Marshall Danzy Taulbert, a film and athleisure wear fashion entrepreneur in Los 

Angeles, California.

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Early registration is now open for SMSDC's Premier Face Time

Virtual Expo!

June 16, 2022


Register early and save for SMSDC's 2022 Premier Face Time Virtual Expo! 

Featuring the World-Class Buyer’s Breakfast Roundtable, live roundtable discussion rooms led by SMSDC’s corporate members; cutting edge speakers/panel-discussion; a virtual Trade Show connecting MBEs, corporate members, state agencies and community partners who are looking to take their business to the next level; and the first-ever virtual matchmaking session,answer a few questions and get a 1x1 match! 

This is an event you cannot afford to miss!


Certified MBEs only!

First 50 Certified MBEs to register can save $25 off their registration. 

Email: or text

915-433-0612 to request your discount code today!



$75 Certified MBE  

$150 Corporate Member 

$150 Non-MBE 

$200 Non-Corporate Member 

$50 State Agency

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$200 Certified MBE 

$300 Corporate Member 

$300 Non-MBE 

$450 Non-Corporate Member 

$125 State Agency

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Thank you for your continuous support!




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

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