SMSDC News                                  March 2018
From the President's Desk

I would like to personally THANK all of you who participated in the SMSDC Annual Stakeholders meeting at the Toyota Manufacturing plant, Tuesday, February 20th! The day was filled with a look in review of the Council's 2017 successes. We also discussed challenges and how we should collaborate for a better 2018.  Now, for a special surprise, those of you who attended the Annual Stakeholders Meeting....SMSDC is offering a $50 discount towards the Premier Face Time Expo & Golf registration.  The 2018 Premier Face Time event will take place June 6-8th in San Antonio, TX.  The annual event is a networking forum designed to connect Minority Business Enterprises with corporations that are looking for procurement opportunities with diversity suppliers.  The three-day event will be full of networking and connecting with a kick-off of SMSDC's exciting golf tournament, and let's not forget our exceptional educational programs.  More details and agenda will be available very soon!  Discount code will be emailed to all of those who attended the Annual Meeting on February 20th. 
Please join me as we introduce and welcome the following new board members to the SMSDC Board of Directors; Randall Anderson, General Manager TOYOTA North America Purchasing; Shawn Green, Director of Transactional Excellence and Business Automation, ConocoPhillips, Carlos Dones, Global Supply Chain Operations, Applied Materials; Deborah Treviño, President, Treco Services; Kevin Jackson, Vice President at Jackson Enterprises and last but not least, SMSDC's new MBEIC Chair, Beatriz Fernandez with DataXport.  Congratulations Beatriz!  We know you will assist our MBEs with their company goals and strategic growth.  I would also like to take this time to personally thank Tami Hunter, Jim Holloway, Iva Salmon, Sue Tseng and Sowmya Sridhar for your time, commitment and service to the SMSDC Board of Directors. 
If you are interested in additional networking throughout the year and making valuable contacts to take your business to the next level, the SMSDC's Regional Task Forces (RTFs) are where you should be. SMSDC's RTFs will host local events to continue our mission of creating opportunities and an environment for minority business enterprises to grow and to actively add value for corporate members through positive business relationships.  The local RTF calendar has been released and can be found below in our newsletter.  Please make sure to visit our website and add us to your contact list so you are up to the minute with event communications.  You do not want to miss the upcoming opportunities!
If you have not done so already, please make sure to
SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Fair, October 14-17 in Austin, TX.
With over 6,000 participants, 700+ exhibitors, exciting receptions, educational forums and the host council is yours truly, your very own, local council, SMSDC, you do not want to miss!  Volunteer opportunities are still available for this national conference.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Austin office at 512.386.8766 or email at

In This Issue
Staff announcement:

Michelle Veloz has moved on from her role at SMSDC. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits. During this transition, any questions related to Recertifications are to be directed to Eduardo Muñiz-Fraticelli.  He can be reached at 512.297.6478 or   


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

He is available Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00p.m. CST


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 March:
Wednesday, March 7th
Wednesday, March 14th
Wednesday, March 21st
Wednesday, March 28th  
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code:  372354#
En Español:
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# 

"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 Eduardo Muñiz-Fraticelli 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


March 20, 2018 
"Introducing Aptiv (formerly Delphi)" 
EPCC - COC Foyer 
9050 Viscount ASC-Bldg B Foyer 
El Paso, TX 79925
Register Here

March 22, 2018
"Austin RTF event"
Applied Materials
9700 US Hwy 290 E,
Austin, TX 78724
April 5, 2018
"Business Showcase &
Supplier Spotlight Luncheon"
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

JUNE 6, 2018

"Premier Face Time Golf Tournament"
The Resort Course @ La Cantera Golf Club, 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


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

Dea r MBEs and in particular, those who were able to att end the SMSDC Stakeholders Meeting in San Antonio on February 20th, 

I am honored to have received your vote of confidence. Thank you for electing me as the MBEIC Chairperson for this two year term. Thank you also to all of those MBEs who could not make it to the meeting, but still joined us via live streaming. Your interest and involvement in the council counts more than you can imagine.

As I mentioned to many of you during our assembly and at other previous encounters, this position is not about one person, but about all MBEs joining efforts and strategizing to accomplish more for the benefit of all. In order to advance business opportunities, in order to take our businesses to the next level and consequently increase the value we offer to member corporations; it would be smarter to do it as a team.

This is therefore a call to action to each and every certified MBE, as one person standing alone is not able to achieve much. But as a group with vision and strategies we can be more effective in advancing our goals. We all know that when we are all actively involved it takes less time and effort to make a difference. My hope is that though our engagement, development and advancement, other small businesses will want to join in our efforts. This can in turn bring more support from corporations, the public sector and other organizations; all of which will help foster a sustainable ecosystem where MBEs can strive, more jobs are created, and everyone does better.

If you are ready to join in our efforts get more involved, attend as many events as you can and become engaged in the Input Committee by volunteering, sharing your ideas, and inviting others to do the same.

The SMSDC is in a privileged position this year as the host council for the 2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Fair on October 14-17 in Austin, TX. Let's get ready! We need to prepare ourselves and plan to take an active role in advancing opportunities for OUR council, for MBEs and consequently... for everyone. Let's show the rest of our region and all visiting councils, member corporations and MBEs who will be converging in Austin for this great event, what our businesses, our agencies and our state has to offer. Roll up your sleeves and join in.

Stay tuned for more.
Beatriz Fernandez

Welcome 2018 NEW Board Members!

Randall Anderson

Shawn Green

Beatriz Fernandez,LLC

Deborah Treviño
Treco Services

Image coming soon!

Carlos Dones
Applied Materials

Image coming soon!

Kevin Jackson
Millennium Steel of TX 

SMSDC Board Members:

Reginald K. Layton
Johnson Controls Inc

Karen Box

Dave Feldman

Darlene Owens

Max Rutherford

General Council
Erik Moskowitz
Reed & Scardino

We thank you for your continuous commitment, support and time dedicated to the SMSDC!

Introducing Aptiv.  New Company, More Opportunities, Same Dedication.

SMSDC welcomes you to join a "Meet & Greet" event with Aptiv executives & staff.
We are excited to introduce Aptiv (formerly Delphi), discuss upcoming opportunities in mobility and their continued commitment to the council and diversity efforts. 

Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Tuesday, March 20th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
9050 Viscount ASC-Building B Foyer
El Paso, TX 79925 

Click here to register now.

drinks sponsored by:

Coca Cola Company_new
Austin Regional Task Force event
coming March 22nd!

Join us on March 22nd for an exciting event at one of SMSDC's newest Corporate Member's, Applied Materials, location! 

Learn more about the upcoming events Premier Face Time Expo & the 2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Fair!  Sign up for volunteers at the national event are still available.  Don't miss out!

Thursday, March 22nd  
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Applied Materials  
9700 US Hwy 290 E
Austin, TX 78724 
SMSDC's Oklahoma RTF presents:
2018 Business Showcase & Supplier Spotlight Luncheon

The Showcase and Luncheon is a program sponsored by SMSDC Corporate Members to create a business environment that promotes access and increases business opportunities for minority-owned businesses.  It is a forum where major corporations and minority businesses can build business relationships.  The Showcase features business presentations from at least 10 certified minority businesses and a corporate presentation, a business card exchange and networking.  Register now to become a presenter today.

Thursday, April 5th 
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Oklahoma State University 
Student Union - Sequoyah Room
N.W. Corner of Unversity Ave & Hester St.
Stillwater, OK 74078
  Click here to register now.

Lunch sponsored by:

New Certified MBEs!
Crimson Steel Supply, LLC - Tulsa, OK
JAMCO International, Inc - Laredo, TX
SOAL Technologies, LLC - Austin, TX

Chantler Motor Carriers USA, LLC - Laredo, TX
Jurado, Inc - Las Cruces, NM
Seashore Solutions, LLC - Austin, TX
Shahtez Software Solutions, LLC - Roundrock, TX
Thinking Human Capital, LLC - Austin, TX
Veratech Systems, LLC - Cedar Park, TX

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 
Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

Alamo Environmental, Inc.
Associated Building and Development Corp
Bullet Energy Services, LLC.
Cherokee Nation Office Solutions, LLC
Danrick Industries Inc.
Digital Display Solutions, Inc.
EP Logistics LLC
Garza EMC, LLC
goERO International, LLC
Goshawk, LLC
Instant Data Technologies, Inc.
LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
MD Choice Logistics LLC
Michael W. Box dba Mike Box Agency
Navales Enterprises, Inc.
Nexlegacy LLC
P.D. Morrison Enterprises
Pencil Cup Office Products, Inc.
Ragar Transportation, Ltd.
Sparkle Maintenance Inc.
Strickler & Prieto LLP
Suarez Bros. Crane & Heavy Haul, LLC
The Law Office Ricky D. Green, PLLC
TUM Logistics
U.S. Electrical Corporation
Vutex, Inc.

All Rite Towing & Repair, Inc.
Appro, Inc.
Aztec Contractors, Inc
Brady's Welding & Machine Shop, Inc.
BTS Group, Inc.
Business Assets Enterprises LP
Cherokee Nation Industries, LLC.
Cordova Contracting & Development, LLC
Diversified Global Systems, LLC
Ebony Media Operations, LLC
ECM International, Inc.
For Positioning Only, LLC
Fusion Industries LLC
GHC Consulting LLC
Global Scaffolding & Insulation, LLC.
H. Espinoza Distributing, Inc.
HERO Assemblers LP
HERO Logistics LP
I.S. Technologies LLC
InGenesis Alliance, LLC
InGenesis Compliance, LLC
InGenesis Healthcare Network, LLC
InGenesis Institute, LLC
InGenesis Logistics, LLC
InGenesis MSP, LLC
InGenesis Partners, LLC
InGenesis Payroll, LLC
InGenesis Total Health, LLC
InGenesis VP, LLC
International All Part Masters LLC
LNV, Inc.
Mac Converting Inc.
Mirador Enterprises, Inc
Optech Gente, Inc.
Optech Warehouse Franchise, LLC
Radiant RFID, LLC
Recruit Veterans
Rose's Southwest Papers, Inc.
Specialized Services LLC
TBD Post Production LLC
Today's Roofing, Inc.

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.