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From the President's Desk

Hello Stakeholders',

The year is flying by!  As we approach the end of the 3rd quarter, I'd like to thank you for all your dedication in making 2022 another successful year!  Neverthel before we start planning our holiday vacations, SMSDC has several upcoming virtual events for you.  

Join us for the MBEIC's "Lunch & Learn - How to do business with JP Morgan Chase" on August 25th from 12-1 p.m.  Danielle A. Davis, Vice President, Houston Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries- Diverse, Women and Veteran-Owned Businesses, Commercial Banker, with JP Morgan Chase will discuss how to do business with JPMC as an MBE through their supplier diversity programs as well as give you tips to be bankable and ready for when you need a loan!  Make sure you visit our website to register today.

"Diversity at the Border" virtual event is happening on September 22nd.  If you're interested in doing business with Applied Materials, ConocoPhillips, El Paso Electric, Itron, Oncor, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits the NRP Group, and Toyota then this is the event for you!  Register now to reserve your spot in one of the corporate breakout rooms.

On September 28th, join us for an Introduction to Microsoft's Datacenter Construction Business.  Microsoft presenters will provide an overview of Microsoft’s datacenters and cloud industry, opportunities and programs for Diverse Suppliers with Microsoft in San Antonio and a Q/A session for you to ask questions.  Registration is now open!  If you're in the construction industry, don't miss out on this event.

Last, but definitely not least, early bird pricing for NMSDC's 50th Anniversary Conference & Exchange is now open!  Register before August 31st, visit today.

I look forward to seeing you virtually at our upcoming events!

Take care,

Karen Box

President & CEO



"Lunch & Learn - How to do business with JP Morgan Chase"

August 25th

12-1 p.m.

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"Diversity at the Border Virtual Event"

September 22nd

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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"Upcoming opportunities with Microsoft"

Sept. 28th

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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NMSDC 50th Anniversary

Conference & Exchange

Registration is now open!

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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Hello My Fellow Business Colleagues,


I hope the heat of the summer hasn’t crept into your spirit. We are leaning into the best time of the year for business! As we are rounding out the third quarter of the year the marathon continues. Building business is key and has a tremendous amount of potential. The last few months have been great check points to remind you about the importance of getting involved. I can honestly say that I have seen a large amount of leads from engagement and showing up. I know it is hard to get excited during these trying times, but the payoff is there.


We have to think about consistency in showing up to the opportunities. Building relationships has a tremendous amount of impact! The process gives us momentum and results that make long lasting contracts. At the end of the day, I know we all want long lasting contracts and relationships make that even sweeter.


Here are a few good reminders that can help make your connections a little easier.

  1. Start slow- Go back and look at lost business. Maybe call on some old contacts and check in, say Hello and ask them how you can help them be successful.
  2. Social Media! Don’t forget Linkedin is where your business is engaging and advocating for your business. If you haven’t been on there, take a look and reach out to people in your network. You want to remain Top of Mind at ALL TIMES.
  3. Look at your current book of business. Maybe check in and ask if there are any other opportunities that they have with other departments or customers.
  4. Practice gratitude and appreciation. Surprise a few of your key customers with goodies, or a personal Thank You card. Just let them know you appreciate their business. Trust me, this is a rare practice.


Just as another reminder: Let’s think about the new opportunities that come from collaboration and not competition.

Stay plugged in!

As always check out our upcoming events in the calendar on the SMSDC Website and check out the programs!


With Gratitude,

Debbie Trevino


President, Treco Services

NEW YORK — The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is excited to announce the creation of the Certification Reimbursement Initiative. The program enables NMSDC corporate members to support minority businesses by reimbursing the cost of the NMSDC application fee. Each business must meet the funding criteria of the funding sponsor company. This effort is made possible by the initial support of JPMorgan ChaseLowe’sMassMutualNielsen, and Omnicom.

By removing cost as a barrier to entry, the program incentivizes new minority business enterprises (MBEs) to get certified and exposes them to the value of certification in the programs, services, connections, and business opportunities that come with being a part of the NMSDC network.

Eligibility for the certification reimbursement program is different for each of the funders but, at a minimum, the company must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for NMSDC certification as an MBE:

  • Must be United States citizens.
  • Must be at least 51% minority-owned, managed, and controlled.
  • Must be an independent for-profit enterprise and physically located in the U.S. or its trust territories.
  • Must be managed and operated by the minority ownership member(s).

“While we believe the cost of certification is far outweighed by the benefits MBEs receive from getting certified, we are excited to partner with our corporate members to provide MBEs a way to reduce the costs associated with certification,” said senior director of field services, Constance Jones.

Companies interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of the Certification Reimbursement Initiative can contact NMSDC at

Contact NMSDC:

Jered Weber

Communications and Engagement Manager


New and Recertified MBEs


365 Facilitators, LLC

Brent Williams

Pflugerville, TX

Our services span areas such as security services, janitorial, landscaping, technology as follows:; 365 Security Services; 365 Janitorial Services; 365 Landscaping Services; 365 Technology Services; ; 365 Facilitators goes above and beyond for each client. We are here to facilitate and serve.

Authentic Inclusion, LLC

Natalie Poindexter

Austin, TX

Public Health and Health Equity consulting services, including grant writing, research and design, ideation and individual consulting sessions, and event coordination.

B Hall, LLC

Bart Hall

El Paso, TX

Provide services to clean tanks and provide services for remediation projects.; Provide PPE products such as gloves, cover suits, janitorial products, degreasers, ; Provide vacuum truck services used to clean tanks and pits. We also haul waste water generated in industrial plants. We are permitted for used oil, oily water, class one wastewater and municipal sludge which is needed to clean car wash grit traps.

C&A Chavez, Inc

Christopher Chavez

Sayre, OK

We pour concrete slabs to porchs. we demolition building to larger buildings land leveling and hauling debris off.fences and small job repairs.

Davis Shipping, LLC

Damon Davis

San Antonio, TX

We are a select vendor for Reusability retail rack recovery. Racks consist of metal and wood parts. Our company retrieves racks from retail location garden centers (Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and independent growers), stores them in our warehouse and performs loadout of the rack parts from our warehouse dock back to nurseries to replenish retail store products (plants, flowers)

Device Services Group

James Goodman

San Antonio, TX

Device Services Group offers a variety of services, from data destruction to e-waste recycling. We also offer value recovery services, which helps companies recover money from their retired hardware. In addition, we are committed to being environmentally responsible. We recycle all materials possible and follow all local, state, and federal regulations.

Great Plains Analytical Services 

Jordan Williamson

Elk City, OK

Emissions Stacktesting Services, EPA Compliance Stacktesting Services, State Level Compliance Stacktesting Services, Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR), LDAR utilizing TVA's, LDAR utilizing IR Cameras, Mobile Laboratory, FTIR Stacktesting Services, FID Stacktesting Services, Combustor Emissions Testing Services, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Services, Audio Visual, Olfactory, (AVO) Services, EPA Method Testingl

H2Oak Consulting, LLC

Ron McVey

Weslaco, TX

Over 25 years of experience with business development, hospital administration, local education agency administration, commercial insurance, construction remediation auditing, and project financing. With experience on both the business and public services sides.

Mendivil Enterprises, Inc

Michael Mendivil

El Paso, TX

Mendivil Enterprises Inc dba Rio Grande Lighting is primarily a LED Lighting Manufacturer's sales representative for the El Paso and New Mexico markets. Our special relationship with our manufacturer's allows us to buy and resell directly to electrical or general contractors or even directly to the owner of a construction project.

Metrica Relocations+, Inc

Nancy Dunson

San Antonio, TX

Metrica Relocations+, a global mobility services provider incorporated in the U.S. in 2006. MR+ delivers worldwide destination and visa & immigration services, as well as commercial project management (including construction), to corporations and individuals doing business globally. Metrica, Inc. established MR+ in 2006 as a way to deliver its established government-class services to commercial clients. Pulling from Metrica's extensive experience in providing overseas logistical support and its vast network of in-country representatives with coverage in over 135 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe, MR+ has become a trusted industry leader in both worldwide destination and visa & immigration services and is known for effectively and efficiently supporting staff.

MorningStar Light and Electric, LLC

Elise Harris Cotton

Austin, TX

MorningStar Light & Electric provides electrical services in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors of construction. Specifically lighting, power distribution and network cabling are our areas of expertise.

Sage and Elm Apothecary, LLC

Krystle Robinson-Hershey

Mid-West City, OK

Assorted brands of plant based products for bath and the body, both for the home, recreational and wider hospitality industry use and application. All products are 100% plant based and magnesium enriched, to uniquely nurture and nourish the body and support the overall wellbeing of the family.

Triadic Enterprises, Inc

Irmaisela A. Rodriguez

Deming, NM

Triadic provides software and support for governmental entities within the state of New Mexico. i.e. Accounts Payable, Payroll, Tax Collection, Appraisals Utilities, Water Billing, etc.

VeraLogics, Inc

George Drupals

San Antonio, TX

VeraLogics is a management and technology consulting and implementation services company. We provide general advisory, project management, and business consulting services for the deployment of enterprise software (ERP, CRM, and custom software) and infrastructure (network, telecom, servers). This includes all aspects of design, execution, testing, cutover/go-live, and production support.; ; For software, VeraLogics specializes in SAP and Salesforce. For infrastructure, VeraLogics specializes in Cisco, Fortinet, managed NOC, managed SOC, Azure, and AWS.

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Acero Construction Services, Inc

Alamo Environmental, Inc.

Ancira Enterprises, Inc.

BEPC Incorporated

Cardinal Point, LLC, LLC

Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC

Duro Legacy HVAC Inc. dba CenTex Air

Galvotec Alloys, Inc.

Galvotec Corrosion Services LLC

Griffin Food Company

Highridge Consulting Service LLC

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Innovative Gateway Talent, LLC


King's Eco Plastics, LLC

LR Global, LLC

Meridian Construction Services Corp.

Mirsa Manufacturing, LLC

Mopping Man

Okafor & Associates, P.C.

P.D. Morrison Distribution Inc.

Parrish Enterprises, Ltd.

Paulson Plumbing & Mechanical, LLC

Pedraza Customhouse Brokers, Inc.

Protectque USA Inc

Purchase Power Exchange, LLC

Rioplex Distributors

Robinson General Contractors

binson Innovations of Oklahoma LLC

Sandtex International Corporation

Seed & Grain Exporters

STOVEN Construction, Inc.

Super Transport International Ltd.

Terrazzo USA and Associates Inc.

The Alamo Travel Group, LP

The Cintman Group

The Pump & Motor Works, Inc.

TIA Facility Services, LLC

Trade Management Solutions

Ujamaa Lighting, LLC


Utility Services Associates Construction Co., Inc.

Ventus Logistics, LLC

Verde Logistics, LLC

VRN Technologies, LLC

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


Building relationships within the organization is vital to your success!

Southwest MSDC hosts virtual and in person events to support MBEs and Corporate Members in building strategic relationships to leverage your MBE Certification. We strongly encourage MBEs to also network with other MBEs to do business together, like yourself they are all here with the same goal…growing your business!

Stay up to date on events by signing up for our newsletter on our website and checking the “EVENTS” tab on our website regularly.


Diversity at the Border is a virtual event filled with informational workshops, networking and matchmaking opportunities. At this event you will be able to meet with SMSDC's corporate members, certified MBEs and community partners looking to do business with suppliers in the West Texas and New Mexico region. All MBEs are welcome to attend!


If you have any questions regarding Recertification please email



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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Upcoming Virtual Events

Registration is now open!

Diversity at the Border is a virtual event filled with networking and matchmaking opportunities. At this event you will be able to meet with SMSDC's corporate members, certified MBEs and community partners looking to do business with SMSDC suppliers.


Why Attend?

This is your opportunity to virtually meet & network with SMSDC's corporate members specifically looking for SMSDC Certified MBEs/suppliers.

Register today to meet with SMSDC's corporate members and buyers. Along with SMSDC's corporate members, MBEs/Suppliers will meet with other MBEs for MBE2MBE business opportunities.

Who will I be able to meet with?

Register today to join corporate breakout rooms led by:




Applied Materials

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

El Paso Electric


and several agencies such as SBA, ELCDC & USDA.





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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