SMSDC News                           November 2018
From the President's Desk

My sincerest thanks to all who attended the 2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Fair in Austin, TX, October 14-17 in Austin, TX.  

For more than four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners, veterans associations and international organizations convened and experienced "The Global Stage for Innovation & Impact" this year's theme for NMSDC's Conference and Business Opportunity Fair. The nation's premier forum on minority supplier development.  SMSDC was proud and excited to be co-host of this grand event!

The one-day Business Opportunity Exchange was extraordinary with more than 700 exhibit booths. Corporations and MBEs showcased their products, services and solutions while establishing collaborative business relationships and ongoing networking. Chief procurement officers and seasoned minority business executives engaged in thought provoking panel discussions on not just "best practices" but proactive practices on how we are going to collaborate to build and operate supplier diversity in the future. Matchmaker sessions featured corporations with buyers, sourcing managers and procurement experts participating in up-close and One-on-One Matchmaker Sessions with NMSDC certified MBEs willing and ready to fulfill the needs of upcoming opportunities. 

Empowering workshops including the MBE Opportunity Accelerator: Transformation Ahead;  Monday Power Breakfast, "The Champion's Huddle" with dynamic speaker and NFL legend, Emmitt Smith; Getting in the Zones...Opportunity Zones; Linking Supplier Diversity to Corporate Goals; The History and Evolution of Supplier Diversity; A Different Future: For Minorities in the U.S. Economy; provided invaluable information on the latest trends, history and opportunities to connect and move your business forward.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Awards Banquet winners!  Congratulations to NMSDC's Casilda Del Valle  - VP, Finance & Administration for winning the  The Harriet R. Michel Award and a special congratulations to the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) for winning Council of the Year!  

If you did not have the opportunity to attend the national conference in Austin, please take a look at our photo gallery.  We hope to see you at one of our regional Year-End Celebration events taking place in December.  

In This Issue

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ALL NEW and ReCertification applications are to be uploaded   without exception.
If this is a   NEW application  and you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact Eduardo-Muniz-Fraticelli at 512.297.6478 during regular business hours or send an e-mail to
If this is a   ReCertification, and you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact Gabrielle Ramirez at 512.386.8766 during regular business hours or send an e-mail to
Eduardo and Gabrielle are fluent in Spanish.
ANY received paper applications will be returned and not processed.
Thank you for your continued support of the SMSDC.

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

Contributor: Eduardo Muniz-Fraticelli, Certification Manager

When filling out the MBE
Certification Application you will
be required  to upload the past two (2) years of your Business' Tax Returns. When scanning to upload these forms, make sure that you use the lowest resolution possible so that the size of the files is under 8Mb. A great way to make sure the size is under the maximum allowed is to ONLY upload the main form from your business' tax return paperwork. Make sure that the form you are uploading is the one that applies to your Business Structure.

(In the section Titled "Ownership Information" you will find a table like the one presented one below.)

Business Structure
Tax Form
Individual (Sole Proprietorship)
Form 1040
Form 1065f
C Corporation
Form 1120 -OR- 1120 A
S Corporation
Form 1120 -OR- 1120 S
Partnership LLC
Form 1065
Corporation LLC
Form 1120


Subscriptions are available to those MBEs who wish to receive services over and above those provided with basic certification.   These services will provide you with leadership, resources and connections to grow your business.  

SMSDC Subscription Services include:

  • Access to Capacity Plus
  • Business Plan Enhancement
  • Prime Supplier Development
  • MBE/ Corporate Meetings
  • Access to National MBE Database
  • Corporate Supplier Diversity Portal Registration
  • and much more
Fees for subscription services vary.  Contact our Austin office at 512.386.8766 or email us at today.  



2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange

October 14-17, 2018
Austin, TX

SMSDC Upcoming Events:

December 4, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., "Austin Regional Task Force Year End Celebration" , Location TBD
December 4, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
"El Paso Regional Task Force Year End Celebration", Church Bar, 212 E. Mills Suite B, El Paso, TX
February 26, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., "2019 Annual Stakeholders' Meeting",  Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, One Lone Star Pass, San Antonio, TX
April 9, 2019
"MBE Showcase"
Oklahoma State University
Tulsa, OK

June 12-13, 2019
"2019 Premier Face Time Expo", The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W. Market St., San Antonio, TX
June 14, 2019 ,
"2019 Premier Face Time Golf Tournament," The Resort Course @ La Cantera Golf Club, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX
July 31 - Aug 1, 2019 , "2019 New Frontier Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable", The Skirvin Hotel, 1 Park Ave.Oklahoma City, OK
September 11-12, 2019 , "2019 Diversity at the Border Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable", The Doubletree Hotel, 600 N. El Paso St., El Paso, TX









    Real Time Solutions

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

From your MBEIC Chair:

Did you feel the energy? NMSDC's 2018 Conference was not only a Southwest Region-size success but was also charged with an abundance of opportunities to develop ourselves, connect, and SO MUCH more. Starting with awards as early as Saturday evening and impactful sessions on Sunday, and kickoff networking sessions; the entir e conference was a value loaded convergence of supplier diversity professionals, organizations and MBES.
If you made it to the Conference, Hats off to you! If not... What did you miss? The Opportunity Accelerator sessions on Sunday brought in the first chance for Adrienne Trimble, our newly elected NMSDC President and CEO who eloquently talked about where efforts and goals will focus by building and developing NMSDC's infrastructure, having a more unified council network, leveraging our network and getting on the digital transformation train, are some of the means by which NMSDC will increase its national and global positioning and presence. Adrienne also made it a point to share with attendees what she would like legacy to NMSDC to be, which is job and skills development.

Other Sunday sessions included "The Customers Next to You", by Clifford A. Bailey, the Chair for the National MBE Input Committee, reminding us to do business with other MBEs; "Disrupting Your Business Before Someone Else Does", by David Kadio-Morokro; "Transformational Results from the Inside Out" and "The Adaptable Leader" by Vicki Shillington and Vips Kapadia form ThinkShift; and Accelerating Access to Government Markets by Nisha Sharma, Verizon and Laketa Henderson from the SBA, delivered relevant and practical advice and access to resources to increase your chances to obtain government opportunities through multiple channels.
This year as every year, NMSDC Matchmaker offered the chance to talk opportunities between Corporations and Tier 1 companies and MBEs with synergies; which along with the great diversity of workshops and bootcamps, and even one-on-one coaching sessions-to include improving your sales pitch to leadership and motivation of your most valuable assets: Your Team Members, to collaboration and positioning our businesses for success from every angle; made it worth every last cent of our investment to be there, and offered many more opportunities to take advantage of, that what we could ever consume in just a few days!

The unique Business Opportunity Exchange Expo with thousands of professionals at our hand to meet and introduce our businesses to and find out what their supply chain pipeline has forecasted, opened the doors to us MBEs to opportunity and success. The awards and recognition presented to MBES and corporations at all levels was an evening gala which reminded us of Hollywood. One of the stars recognized with the Development Award was Toyota. Randy Anderson received the award. Congratulations!

I hope for those MBEs who made it that we follow up on those connections we made, put into practice what we just learned or continue exploring and learning about the topics that picked our interest. For those of you who were not able to join us, continue to stay connected and try to make it to other events as they come up... and be sure to join us next year for NMSDC 2019 in Atlanta.
Beatriz Fernandez

News from NMSDC:
Emmitt Smith talks the challenges facing minority businesses
Emmitt Smith talks the challenges facing minority businesses

NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith makes run at business world

AUSTIN (KXAN) - NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith only runs businesses these days.

Smith spoke in Austin Monday at a conference for the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
After a 15-year career in the NFL, Smith has attacked the business world much like he attacked holes in opposing NFL defenses, building several successful ventures.
"I had to learn how to become a good blocker so I could be there on first, second, and third down, and not allow the defense to key on me on just running downs. That means I can run the ball, catch the ball and block too. So the diversity of a running back was extremely paramount to the success of who I was as a Dallas Cowboy. I look at that the same way in business," Smith said.
Smith's latest business endeavor is a chain of high-end barbershops. He is currently involved in several real estate and construction projections and has a specific interest in Austin.

"There's a lot here, so tapping into this network is paramount for success," Smith said. 
As for advice for potential business owners, Smith says to tackle every opportunity.
"Just because you start in a place doesn't necessarily mean you end in the same place. Opportunities are all over the place and you've just got to figure out how to tap into those things and have the bandwidth to execute whatever game plan you have," Smith said. 


Austin's Regional Task Force
Year-End Celebration
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
Location: TBD

Please come and join us for light refreshments as we thank those who volunteered during National's 2018 conference and recognize some of our newest Local Corporate Members and MBE's.

El Paso Regional Task Force
Year-End Celebration
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Church Bar
212 E. Mills Suite B., El Paso, TX

Join us for delicious appetizers, tasty cocktails, networking and exciting conversations as we toast to a very successful 2018! SMSDC President & CEO, Karen Box, will share her goals for SMSDC in 2019 and the El Paso Regional Task Force will share their successes & opportunities from being part of the council. Register now.  
Space is limited.

Sponsored by:

2019 Annual Stakeholders' Meeting
San Antonio, TX

Get to know your council, network with SMSDC's Board of Directors, Corporate Members, Certified MBEs and Staff.  
As an SMSDC stakeholder, 
this meeting is your opportunity to collaborate, discuss barriers & successes and plan for a better 2019.   

The Annual Meeting
will take place on Tuesday, February 26th at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, One Lone Star Pass, in 
San Antonio, TX. 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lunch will be served.
Toyota Plant Tour(s) will be available during the event. Limited space is available & registration is required. 
* More information including a detailed agenda 
coming soon.



New Certified MBEs!

Breath of Fresh Air Janitorial Services, Inc. - Owasso, OK
Isidore PLLC - Austin, TX

Chico Recycling, LLC - El Paso, TX
HR Legal Search, LLC - Austin, TX
Okafor & Associates, P.C. - Round Rock, TX
Palante Healthcare, LLC - Albuquerque, NM
SKY LEASE I, Inc. - Austin, TX
True North Bio, LLC - Cedar Park, TX
VU Plastics, LLC - Bullard, TX

The AB&Y Group - RoundRock, TX
Bio Compatible - Austin, TX
Innov8tive, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK
PetroOps, LLC - San Antonio, TX

Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

API Enterprises, Inc.
Apollo Towing LLC
Arrow Freight Management, Inc.
BLGY, Inc.
Carmen Pacheco Transportation LLC
Danrick Industries Inc.
Dashingfoot, LLC
Diversified Textile Services, LLC. dba R3 Industrial
Donald L. Mooney Enterprises, LLC
Erives Enterprises Inc.
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
General Labels & Printing, LLC
Genesis Networks Integration Services LLC
Genesis Networks Telecom Services, LLC dba Genesis-ATC
Infection Controls, Inc.
Interload Forwarding
International Academy of Tax and Trade Law, LLC
Jaime's Foods, LLC
La Abuela Mexican Foods, Inc.
Mobius Partners, Inc.
Mountain Air Helicopters Inc.
New Mexico Food Distributors, Inc.
NPMI Management, Inc.
Ortiz & Lopez, PLLC
Paulmex Frozen Products, LTD
R&J Reyes Enterprises, LLC
Ravisa Brokerage LLC
REBL Enterprises LLC
Reyes Amtex Automotive LLC
Reyes Automotive Group II, LLC
Ronrendon One, LLC
S & T Janitorial Service LLC
Secure Apps, LLC
Seilevel Partners LP
Seisa Medical Sales LLC
Stratos Realty Group, LLC.
TeleSpace LLC
The Lake Alabaster Box Corp
Trans-Border Leasing LLC
U.S. Environchem, 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 Gabrielle Ramirez 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.