January 2017

From the President's Desk: 

Happy New Year!!!
Welcome to the start of an exciting new year! There are many promising opportunities on the horizon to help our MBE's continue to develop relationships with corporate America. This year, SMSDC is adding new, informative sessions to our annual stakeholder's meeting February 28th at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas in San Antonio. Is your business in need of Access to Capitol? Do you have Exporting questions? Are you interested in learning how to effectively do business with supplier diversity professionals? XM Bank, the Department of Commerce and SBA will be in attendance during Stakeholder's to address these questions and help your business stay on the right track for 2017.

Ready to take it a step forward? Be sure to look for more information regarding enhancements being made to our Subscription Service program and how it can help impact your bottom line. What is a Subscription? MBE's no longer need to obtain reciprocal certification to do business with a national member in another state or NMSDC region. SMSDC will provide subscription services to certified MBEs in good standing with their home certifying affiliate. Subscription Services, at an additional cost, is an agreement to receive or be given access to affiliate products or services, such as:
  • Access to top corporate purchasing agents
  • Premium business connection outings and networking events
  • Key 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
  • And other additional services
We encourage you to continue to get more involved with the SMSDC to leverage your business. Each of our regional offices will be planning & executing local quarterly events in 2017.  Contact your local office to join a Regional Task Force near you and become part of the planning for success in your area. Our dedicated Board of Directors, Regional Task Force and staff are ready to assist you reach your business goals. Make SMSDC your platform for better & bigger opportunities!

Together, we can make 2017 another remarkable year! 
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 are bringing speakers from XM Bank, Department of Commerce & SBA to discuss Access to Capitol and any other questions you may have.

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.

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

Tips from SMSDC...
5 New Year's Resolutions for Busy Entrepreneurs in 2017

Congratulations! You can now assert that your business has made it through another year, maybe even its first year. But if you want to continue that streak of success, you need to commit to being a better entrepreneur in 2017 than you were in 2016.

Maintaining a constant line of development means always honing your skills, learning new ones and giving yourself more possibilities -- so why not make some New Year's resolutions for 2017 that will make you a better all-around entrepreneur?

Here are some of my top suggestions:

1. Make time for your physical health first.

You spend so many hours at the office, and there's so much on your plate that you can't even think about taking care of yourself. That needs to stop. No matter how busy your schedule gets or how much you want to accomplish in the business world, you have to make time for your own physical health first; you have to eat healthier meals (and eat regularly), get enough sleep every night and exercise at least a few times a week.

Keeping yourself in better physical shape will keep you in better mental shape, which means you'll be able to do more in the hours that remain. Besides -- what does business success matter if you're sick and stressed all the time?
Jayson DeMers
Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom
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

Haven't received your certificate?
You may print your certificate online at
SMSDC no longer mails certification certificates.

If you have any questions you would like me to answer, 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.

The following are dates available for January:
Wednesday, January 11th
Wednesday, January 18th
Wednesday, January 25th 
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code:  372354
Welcome!  NEW MBEs
2016 4th Qtr NEW MBEs - October, November & December

API Enterprises, Inc.
Brandy Pryor dba The Pampered Homeaker
CellRight Technologies, LLC
Clevyr, Inc.
Contractors Corner, LLC
Ebony Media Operations, LLC
Fletes Group International, LLC
Gilliam IP PLLC
Human Call Centers, LLC
Innovative Collision Center
International All Parts Masters, LLC
Mindstream Consulting, LLC
Monica Buying Service
New Harvest Farms
Nexlegacy, LLC
Primary Utility Services, LLC
PrimeFire, LLC
Production Fire and Safety, LLC dba AmPro Strategic Alliance
Radiant RFID, LLC
REBEL Enterprises, LLC
RLS Freight North America Corporation
S.E. Transport, LTD
SARF Locksmith, LLC
SW Sheet Metal and Fabrication, LLC
TBD Post Production, LLC
Tekzenit, Inc
Total Wireless Data, Inc
Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery, LLC

Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs
December 2016

Arepet Industries LLC
Avanzar Interior Technologies, Ltd
Basin Environmental & Safety Technologies, LLC
BLGY, Inc.
Boosifer, Inc. dba Pridestaff San Antonio North
Bright Lighting, Inc. dba BL Tower Construction
C & C Transport, LLC
Chaffin Tower Services, Inc.
CNF Technologies Corporation
Cortex Consulting Services Inc.
Daniel B. Hastings, Inc.
Erives Enterprises Inc.
ESC Consultants, Inc.
For Positioning Only, LLC
General Labels & Printing, LLC
I.S. Technologies LLC
MagRabbit-AIW, LLC
Mayan Construction, Inc.
Next Phase LLC
Optech Warehouse Franchise, LLC
Plastic Giant, Inc.
Reyes Amtex Automotive LLC
Reyes Automotive Group II, LLC
RFL Consulting Solutions, Inc.
RODCO Enterprises, Inc.
Rose Systems Corporation
Russell Transport, Inc.
SIM Industrial Supply
Sparkle Maintenance Inc.
Three Nation's Trading
U.S. Electrical Corporation
U.S. Envirochem, Inc.
Versatech, LLC
Virgo Associates II, LLC
Xyant Services, Inc.
Xyant Technology, Inc.

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.

Contact us

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