February 2017

From the President's Desk: 

Stakeholder's 2017 will soon be upon us! As you know, we are looking to connect corporate members with MBEs which will result in minority business growth and economic development for communities. The morning program, "Export Essentials", presented by Julia Searles with EXIM Bank will provide an opportunity for our MBEs in attendance to take time to understand a bit more from EXIM bank, doing business internationally and more outside of the borders of the US.
Additional morning sessions will include "Export-Import Bank Overview", "How to Find Foreign Buyers", "How to Increase your Export Sales Using Open Account Terms" and "Working Capital for Your Export Sales". There will be time allotted for questions and then networking opportunities with representatives from EXIM Bank, the US Department of Commerce and the SBA. And, we will also have corporate members in attendance for you to mingle with.

Tours of the Toyota Plant will be in the afternoon, as well as Developmental Classes. Sign-up for the tours is a mandate as there is limited space. Please make sure to sign-up for the tours when you register.

This first event of 2017 is not only an opportunity for you to learn more about SMSDC & what the Council can do for you but it is also our kickoff to another great year! SMSDC's dedicated Board of Directors along with SMSDC's staff have mapped out various networking events, educational seminars and connecting opportunities this year to help take your business to the next level. If you have not joined us in the past, now is the time to get involved. During the stakeholder's meeting, we will be taking new sign-ups for each SMSDC regional task force and committees. ACT NOW and sign up! Let SMDSC be your platform for a better & bigger 2017!

In This Issue
Join us for the 2017 Annual Stakeholder's Meeting
February 28, 2017 | San Antonio, TX

You are cordially invited to join us for the 2017 Annual Stakeholder's Meeting of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council. The Stakeholder's Meeting is your opportunity to network with SMSDC's Board of Directors, Certified MBE's, Corporate Members and Staff.
This year we have invited presenters from EXIM Bank, U.S. Department of Commerce & SBA to discuss doing business internationally & outside of the borders of the U.S. including access to capital.

EXIM Bank is an independent U.S. Government Agency that offers direct credit and export credit insurance to supplement and facilitate private sector financing of U.S. foreign trade. EXIM Bank plays an essential role in foreign trade by offering competitive financing to foreign buyers so that they are able to purchase U.S. goods and services. EXIM Bank serves as a vital tool in assisting U.S. exporters in competing in the global market place.

Tours of the Toyota Plant will be available in the afternoon along with a sponsored lunch from Toyota and developmental courses.  Register now for this complimentary event.  Space is limited!

Join us at the Annual Meeting and get to know your local council!

The annual meeting will take place at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas in San Antonio, TX from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Download detailed agenda here.

This is a complimentary event sponsored by Toyota, registration is required. 

Tips from SMSDC...

Boomers and millennials, like parents and children, are hopelessly divided and inextricably connected.

An American company represents a microcosm of society at large. In any large business in this country, you have black and white, GEDs and doctorates, middle class and upper class, liberal and conservative, male and female, gay and straight, young and old. Everyone is represented in a massive convergence of people from all walks of life. It's truly a model of society in every sense of the phrase.
And while this sort of diversity is great, challenges are still present. You could pick any collision of factors and discuss the issues associated with them, but one topic of conversation that's particularly relevant today is the gap that exists between millennials and baby boomers in the workplace.

Understanding the characters.

The topic of millennials and boomers in the workplace is one that's garnered a lot of attention over the last couple of years. As more and more millennials enter the workforce, we're beginning to see these two large constituencies face off over beliefs, ideologies, needs, wants, problems, strengths and weaknesses, and a host of other factors.

While differences do exist between them, they aren't insurmountable. With the right strategic leadership and management decisions, companies can use these discrepancies to their advantage. Before we look at some ways that companies, including yours, can close the generational gap in the workplace, let's make sure we understand the cast of characters.

Baby boomers.

The term baby boomer refers to the American population born between 1946 and 1964 (give or take a couple of years). This means, in 2017, the average boomer is between 53 and 71 years old. Generally speaking, boomers are work-centric, independent, goal-oriented and competitive. They prioritize hierarchical management and structural fairness. And because people are retiring much later than they did in the past, there's still a large number of boomers in the workplace (and will be for years to come).


The millennial label generally refers to those born between 1981 and 1997. In 2017, that means that the youngest millennials are 20 and the oldest millennials are 36. Millennials prioritize work-life balance and  hope to find a "work family" that they enjoy being around; they are tech savvy but are not as interested in climbing the corporate ladder as they are in seeking out new experiences.

As you can see, age isn't the only thing separating these two classes of professionals. There are some stark differences in their wants, needs, beliefs and skill sets. For some organizations, this is a scary reality. For others, it represents an opportunity to grow. But regardless of motivational factors, it's something that must be dealt with.
Four ways to close the generational gap.

You can't make a boomer into a millennial or a millennial into a boomer. Trying to force one generation into the mold of another is a recipe for disaster. However, you should attempt to close the generational gap in the workplace to ensure you're maximizing the talent you have on the payroll.

Here's some food for thought:
Samuel Edwards
Digital Marketing Strategist
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

When submitting your application for re-certification please note the following:
  • Upload the most recent Tax Return and extension (if one was filed) .
  • Upload the signed, dated and notarized affidavit.
Failure to upload these documents will delay application approval.

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

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

Brandy Pryor dba The Pampered Homeaker - White Sands, NM
CellRight Technologies, LLC - Universal City, TX
International All Parts Masters, LLC - McAllen, TX
Mindstream Consulting, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Monica Buying Service - San Antonio, TX
RLS Freight North America Corporation - Laredo,TX
Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs
All Rite Towing & Repair, Inc.
Asentrene, Inc
BTS Group, Inc.
Bullet Energy Services, LLC.
Caballero Brokers, Inc.
Candy Sense, Inc.
Cherokee Nation Industries, LLC.
Danrick Industries Inc.
DMCA Partnership Group, LLP
EP Logistics LLC
Goshawk, LLC
HERO Assemblers LP
HR Employment Solutions, LLC.
IC Global, LLC
InforMatters, LLC
LNV, Inc.
Logisti-K LLC
MagRabbit, Inc.
Mattsco Supply Company
Miami Environmental & Energy Solutions, LLC
Multi-Trans Inc
Native Medical Supply, LLC
Optech Gente, Inc.
PCR International Inc.
R & D Contracting, Inc.
RMP Inc. dba RMP Temps, Inc.
RMP, Inc. dba R. M. Personnel, Inc.
Rose's Southwest Papers, Inc.
RRJ Heating & Air Conditioning LLC
Sauceda's Precision Grinding
Sensis Texas-K. Fernandez & Associates
Superior Security & Investigations of Shawnee, Inc.

Staff Announcement

Xenia Triano-Cohen has moved on from SMSDC. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits. During this transition, any questions related to new MBE certifications are to be directed to Olivia Jones. She can be reached at 512.386.8766 or .
2017 Delphi Matchmaker
  March 14, 201
El Paso, TX
We are pleased to invite you to the Delphi 2017 Matchmaker event on March 14th in El Paso, TX.  It's a great opportunity to develop new relationships with Delphi's supply chain management and engineering teams, Tier 1 suppliers and certified diversity suppliers.
SMSDC is excited to invite all Certified MBEs to this matchmaking event.  However, seating is limited and open to the first 60 MBEs who sign up.  Please note, only two representatives per company will be allowed to attend.  Suppliers 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.

The matchmaking 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. 
If you are interested in attending this event and have not yet registered, please email Mayra Pena at to register today.  There is no cost to attend this event but you must be registered.


Stay Connected - Upcoming SMSDC Events

February 28, 2017
Annual Stakeholder's Meeting
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas

One Lone Star Pass, San Antonio, TX
Register Here Now 
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.

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