March 2017

From the President's Desk: 

We THANK all those who came out to our Stakeholders meeting at the Toyota Manufacturing plant on Tuesday, February 28th! The day was filled with information about opportunities and options - all strategies to grow your business. And a special thanks to EXIM Bank and their informative presentations. Many in attendance did not know about EXIM bank and the types of connections/relationships they have to ensure you get what you need.
Below are a few takeaways from the day;
  • Make sure to get certified and do not let your current certification expire!
  • Incorporate the SMSDC/NMSDC logo on your website, your e-newsletter, business cards, and capability statements to let your customers know you are certified and ready to do business. If you send out PSA's, make sure to announce your new SMSDC/NMSDC certification and distribute to your customer base. Contact Queen Enelamah, to obtain the NMSDC logo.
  • Download the SMSDC/NMSDC certificate, print it, and send to your customers electronically.
  • Corporations have opportunities/initiatives to develop MBEs that are in their supply chain through strengthening the Supplier Diversity Program and its structure.
  • Conducting Tier II conversions, having conversations regarding Tier II and how it works.
  • Corporations host Supplier Opportunity events. When you are invited, you need to be present.
  • MBEs assist and add value to the supply chain.
  • Are you registered on your customer's portal? If you are not registered on the portal, you will not receive notifications. Make sure to register.
  • In 2016, SMSDC Corporate Members spent in excess of $26,000,000,000 with minority businesses, which in turn afforded 518 minority business enterprises to employ 34,297 people, of whom 24,244 are minority.
  • MBEs are making a difference in the communities of color because of the goods and services being provided by MBEs.
Our sincere thanks to our
Platinum Sponsors, Dell, JCI, Toyota;

Gold Sponsors, Chevron and Oncor;

Silver Sponsors, OG&E, Pearson and The Coca-Cola Company;

Bronze Sponsor, ConocoPhillips

and our
Minority Business Enterprises that are Premier Platinum Sponsors,
DRG, Genesis, Millennium Steel of Texas, Real Time Solutions and OpTech.
In This Issue
MBE Public Policy Day
March 30, 2017 | Austin, TX

Join SMSDC at the 85th Legislative Session at the Capitol in Austin on Thursday, March 30, 2017 to meet with state elected and appointed officials to address public policy issues and their impact on minority business enterprises in the State of Texas.

This day is centered on advocating, educating and developing relationships with public
officials. This one-day educational event provides participants the opportunity to become more familiar with the policies and the public policy processes impacting MBE business growth and development.

Tips from SMSDC...

Great Suppliers Make Great Supply Chains

As an analyst who covers supply chain management (SCM) and procurement practice across industry, I tend to keep my keyboard focused on the disruptive themes that continue to re-define it. That said, if you're expecting me go on about the unprecedented growth of the SCM solution markets, the accelerated pace of innovation, tech adoption, social change, etc., don't hold your breath. I can't, as the data argue otherwise. Too many of us conflate diversification with acceleration -and there's a difference.

The most notable, defining advances of the last decade (Amazon, Twitter, Google, etc.) share something in common: they do not require consumer investment. If you take those monsters out of the equation and focus on corporate solution environments, the progress, while steady, has not been remarkable. Let's just say there remains plenty of room for improvement, especially in supply chain and procurement practice areas.

I fell onto this tangent unexpectedly. It happened while interviewing Mr. Dan Georgescu, Ford Motor Company, adjunct Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, a highly regarded expert in the field of automotive industry supplier development. "For supply chains to be successful, performance measurement must become a continuous improvement process integrated throughout," he said.  "For a number of reasons, including the fact that our industry is increasingly less vertically integrated, supplier development is absolutely core to OEM performance."

As I listened intently to Mr. Georgescu's comments, I found myself thinking about the sorry state of SPM practice in other industries.When considering how many different workflows have rolled-up under the SCM and procurement umbrella, I kept wondering what happened to SPM. Why is it still buried somewhere in the supplier qualification process of strategic sourcing?
Paul Martyn

A survey was sent out to all Certified MBEs within the past couple of weeks requesting yo ur feedback in an effort to plan the 2017 Regional Task Force events. Your responses will give us a better understanding of what you are looking for and your availability to join us. If you had the opportunity to provide feedback, we thank you.  If you have not had the time to answer this survey, please do so as soon as possible or if you have not received the survey, please contact Mayra Pena @ and she will be happy to resend to you.

Your responses are greatly appreciated for a better planning of 2017! 
Did you Know?

SMSDC offers subscription services to all of our Corporate Members & Certified MBEs.  What are subscription services & how will they benefit my business?
Subscription services for MBEs include:
  • Access to top corporate purchasing agents
  • Premium business connection outings and networking events
  • Vital introductions to national corporate members
  • Specialized procurement conferences & Trade Fairs
  • Supplier Diversity summits and roundtable discussions
  • Professional development fellowships
  • Mentor-Protégé pairings and other educational or development programs
  • Technical and/or financial assistance and support

Subscription services for Corporate Members include:
  • Targeted prime supplier match
Fees for subscription services vary.  Contact our Austin office at 512.386.8766 or email us at today. 


Techie News

Are you looking to do business with other MBEs?

There's an app for that!!!

Opt in to the MBE2MBE (only if your certification is current).

Then go to the MBE2MBE Search and start your road to collaboration!
If you have any questions you would like answered, please email them to Olivia Jones at
Requirement for All New MBEs:
You must attend the following!

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 1st
Wednesday, March 8th
Wednesday, March 15th
Wednesday, March 22nd
Wednesday, March 29th 
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code:  372354
Welcome!  NEW MBEs

Expedited Specialized Carriers LLC - Laredo, TX
Expedited Specialized Logistics LLC - Laredo, TX
Gevitrans, LLC - Laredo, TX
HMI Mold El Paso Inc.- El Paso, TX
Ivy Rod, Inc. - Corpus Christi, TX
Seneca Construction LLC - Durant, OK


H B Good, LLC dba Care More SA - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Alliance, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Ingenesis Compliance, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Healthcare Network, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Institute, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Logistics, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Total Health, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis MSP, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Partners, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis Payroll, LLC - San Antonio, TX
InGenesis VP, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Muscogee Staffing Sollutions, LLC - Okmulgee, OK
Native Mechanical Supply, LLC - Austin, TX
4G Resources, LLC - Coweta, TX
R & B Services, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Smart Sinus OK., PLLC - Oklahoma City, OK

Contractors Corner, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Ebony Media Operations, LLC - Austin, TX
EPS PROS, Inc - Tulsa, OK
Fletes Group International, LLC - El Paso, TX
New Harvest Farms - Pflugerville, TX
PrimeFire, LLC - Austin, TX
Primary Utility Services, LLC - Snyder, TX
Production Fire and Safety, LLC dba AmPro Strategic Alliance - San Antonio, TX
Radiant RFID, LLC - Austin, TX
SARF Locksmith, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK
S.E. Transport, LTD - Laredo, TX
SW Sheet Metal and Fabrication, LLC - Atascosa, TX
TBD Post Production, LLC - Austin, TX
Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs
Ace Technologies, Inc.
Circle B Communications, LLC.
Cleen Sweep Cleaning Services
Cordova Contracting & Development, LLC
Frontier Strategies, LLC
Fulfillment Place LLC dba Tag Place
goERO International, LLC
H. Espinoza Distributing, Inc.
Hanseatic Management Services, Inc.
Human Capital International, LLC
Marc A. Rodriguez
Master Threads LLC
Ostos LLC
Seahorse Transportation, Inc.
Smithey Environmental Services
Strickler & Prieto LLP
Texas Transmission & Automotive Center
Tribal Diagnostics, LLC
TUM Logistics

2017 Delphi Matchmaker
  March 14, 201
El Paso, TX
Delphi 2017 Matchmaker event will be held in El Paso, TX on March 14th. This event will provide certified MBEs with an opportunity to develop new relationships with Delphi's supply chain management and engineering teams, Tier 1 suppliers and certified diversity suppliers.
SMSDC invited all Certified MBEs to this matchmaking event.  However, only those who registered through SMSDC and the Delphi Supplier Diversity website will be able to attend this event.  The event is by invitation only. 

Suppliers registered will have an opportunity to meet with about 45 of Delphi's Core suppliers, several customer OEMs/Corporate Tier 1s and all 7 of their Delphi Indirect category teams.

For those who have officially registered to attend, please note the event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marriott Airport, 1600 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX.
Divisional presentations: engineering
SCM presentations
Lunch / Key note
Speakers - Customer/Government/Chambers
SCM executives
Wrap-up & raffle
Business attire is required. 


2017 Premier Face Time Expo & Awards Ceremony
June 7-8, 2017
The Westin Riverwalk
420 W. Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205
2017 Premier Face Time Golf Tournament
June 9, 2017
The Palmer Course @ La Cantera Golf Club
17865 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78256
Register before May 5th to receive a discount.



June 7-9, 2017 

The Westin Riverwalk
420 W. Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205
  $189 per night

Click here to make your hotel reservation.

Room block expires May 9, 2017  
Stay Connected - Upcoming SMSDC Events

June 7-8, 2017 
Premier Face Time Expo
The Westin Riverwalk
420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205
June 9, 2017 
Premier Face Time Golf Tournament
The Palmer Course @ La Cantera Golf Club
17865 Babcock Road San Antonio, TX 78255
August 2-3, 2017 
New Frontier Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
One Park Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73102
September 6-7, 2017 
Diversity at the Border Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable
The Doubletree Hotel
600 N. El Paso St.  El Paso, TX 79901
2017 Premier Sponsors


   Dell       Toyota_Corporate


       Coca Cola Company_new



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.

Contact us

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