SMSDC News                          September 2018
From the President's Desk

"Minority Business Development - The Global Stage for Innovation & Impact", NMSDC's theme for the 2018 National Conference happening October 14-17 in Austin, TX.  SMSDC, co-host of the national conference is ready to join our National & Local Corporate Members, Certified MBEs and our Community Partners.  The event is 5 weeks away!  We are actively engaged in helping NMSDC create an innovative and impactful conference. Have you registered?

With more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from top multinational companies, this event is definitely one-of-a-kind. Leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners, veterans associations and international organizations will gather and experience the nation's premier forum on minority supplier development.
It has always been the intent of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council to remain focused on certifying, developing, connecting and advocating for our minority-owned businesses. This conference, renowned for the economic empowerment which results from the collaborations formed, is one of the few places where you can meet thousands of corporate partners and MBEs in one location. There is an invaluable advantage to connect with Fortune 100 and 500 companies and large MBEs of this magnitude - across all industries - with such obvious potential for unlimited success.
The event is designed to not only provide our corporate partners with qualified MBEs who can diversify their supply chain, but to strengthen and establish business relationships during workshops, social gatherings and the business fair.

NMSDC and SMSDC exist to help minority vendors become a corporation's primary vendor of choice. But, you have come to the table with something and meet your deliverables.
The power-packed programming agenda of the 2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange includes these must-attend events:
  • MBE Opportunity Accelerator during the NWBEIC General Assembly Meeting Sunday, Oct. 14.
  • The sixth iteration of the diversity pow-wow, The Bigger Discussion moderated by Scott Vowels, Ph.D., Monday, Oct. 15.
  • Business Opportunity Exchange, with more than 700 exhibit booths Tuesday, Oct. 16.
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • Matchmakers (By appointment only)
  • A black-tie awards banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!
The corporate co-chairs of the conference are Dell, Toyota and Wells Fargo; MBE co-chairs are InGenesis, Ongweoweh and Acro Service.

If you have not already registered, now is the time!  Online registration ends September 28th! Please visit for up to the minute information regarding this dynamic conference. 

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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 September:
Wednesday, September 5th
Wednesday, September 12th
Wednesday, September 19th
Wednesday, September 26th  
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# 

Keeping your Internet browser up-to-date is important for both your security and ensuring that web pages load & function properly. We have heard from several MBE's that they are unable to complete the Certification & Re-Certification processes because the portal does not advance to the payment screen. Rest assured that this issue has been reported to the software vendor & they are looking into it. In the meantime, we have a few suggestions to make the process of Certification & Re-Certification a little easier:
  • Please make sure you are using a newer internet browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. We also recommend that you update any plug-ins, extensions, or other add-ons you have installed on your computer.


  • Keep in mind, that whenever updates are made, you might sometimes notice that your browser looks different.  Also, whereas Chrome will update automatically as new versions are released, Firefox will instead download an update then prompt you when they are available to install.


  • If you get to a section of the application that seems to be unresponsive or isn't "advancing" to the next page, make sure to save your progress, log off of the site, wait a few moments & log back into the site. You should then be able to proceed with the next step of the application such as submission and/or payment.
Don't forget, if you are still unable to complete your NEW application, please contact Eduardo-Muniz-Fraticelli at 512.297.6478 during regular business hours or email: If it is a ReCertification, please contact Gabrielle Ramirez at 512.386.8766 during regular business hours or email:


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.  

OCTOBER 14-17, 2018
Host Council of
"NMSDC's 2018 Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange"
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX


The SMSDC is pleased to welcome our newest Premier Platinum Corporate Member, ConocoPhillips!  Our sincerest thanks to Shawn Green, Director, Transactional Excellence & Business Automation.

Aldez Containers, SMSDC's newest Local Corporate Member & Silver Corporate Sponsor!  Thank you for your support!









    Real Time Solutions
From your MBEIC Chair:

MBEs, Ode to NMSDC's 2018 Conference
Summer is departing with confidence
and fall's coming in leaps and bounds.
If you haven't registered for NMSDC's conference
you will be missing early bird discounts.
Take advantage of so many opportunities
To promote your business to corporate and MBE communities
Connecting with Supplier Diversity professionals in different roles
You can not only reach, but may exceed your growth goals.    

The date for NMSDC's 2018 National Conference in Austin is fast approaching. October 14-17 is not that far ahead of us. As a regional MBE, this in a unique chance to get involved to let others know about your business' capabilities, expertise and exceptional value. Let us get on board with preparations and finish sharpening our marketing skills and materials.

We hope to see every MBE actively involved helping make this the best conference ever.

Beatriz Fernandez

News from NMSDC:

Getting to Know:
 Adrienne Trimble 

Getting to Know: Adrienne Trimble
Getting to Know: Adrienne Trimble

A quick conversation with the new NMSDC President and CEO.


There's still time to register!


September 7
Last day to request invoices. After September 7, 2018, payments must be made by cashier's check, certified check, money order or credit card.September 14 Faxed and/or mailed registration must be postmarked by September 14, 2018. Housing blocks close. Reservations cancelled on or after September 15, 2018 will be charged a cancellation fee of one night's room and tax. Deadline for registration and/or booth cancellation. (Subject to a $100 processing fee.) No refunds for cancellations after September 14, 2018 or for no-shows.

September 21
Through September 21, 2018 changes and cancellations can be made online or by contacting Orchid Events via e-mail at . After September 21, 2018, contact your hotel to make changes and/or cancellations.

September 28
Online Registration closes  


SMSDC is proud to be the Host Council of the 2018 NMSDC Conference. 

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation's premier forum on minority supplier development. For 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 and international organizations will convene in Austin, Texas, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

This one-of-a-kind event features:
  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!

To register today, please visit

Online registration ends on September 28th.


New Certified MBEs!

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

JULY 2018
Alfaro Education Services - Hutto, TX
Ninskers, Inc - El Paso, TX
Sort and Rework - Brownsville, TX

JUNE 2018
Railroad Signaling Solutions, LLC - Broken Arrow, OK
TAM Logistics, LLC - La Marque, TX
Walters Construction Company, LLC - Kinta, OK

Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

Advance Research Chemicals, Inc.
Alen Corporation
Alko Enterprises, Inc.
Amerimex Air Charters, LLC
Auto ID Source, Inc.
Azteca Transfer LLC
B2Z Engineering, LLC
C & C Transport, LLC
Central Bolt & Industrial Supplies Inc.
Chickasaw Management Services, LlC
Code Red Underground, LLC.
Creative Menus & Folders LLC
DS Cargo, LLC.
Easy Tours, Inc.
Eclipse Logistics Solutions LLC
El Paso Water Industrial Services, Inc.
Enhanced Production Technologies
Funk and Company
L3arn LLC
Load Source, LLC.
Loera Customs Brokerage, Inc.
Loera Transportation Services, Inc.
MagRabbit AIW LLC
Meridian Construction Services Corp.
Mexico Trade Consulting, Inc.
Mikaila & the Bees
Parrish Enterprises, Ltd.
Paulmex International LTD
Pesa Labeling Systems, Inc.
Peyton Resource Group
Prodisa Industrial Group
Professional Partnering Solutions, Inc.
QPL, Inc.
R & D Contracting, Inc.
R.T.C. Inc.
Requested Personnel LLC
Resale Resource Corporation
Rose L. Brand & Associates, P.C.
Ruiz Testing Services, Inc.
Select Dedicated Solutions, LLC.
Service Express Oklahoma, LLC
Silt Leasing & Transportation Services, Inc.
Solrac Corporation
Sparkovation Advisors
Terrazzo USA and Associates Inc.
The Alamo Travel Group, LP
The Freemount Corporation
Three Nation's Trading
TLI & Environmental Services, Inc
Transmaquila, Inc
Universally Correct Technology, LLC
USTR Freight, LLC.
Verde Logistics, LLC
You Got It Staffing

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. 

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