September 2017
From the President's Desk: 

Our sincere thanks to Johnson Controls, Inc. our Title Sponsor for their continued support and sponsorship of SMSDC's 2017 Diversity at the Border Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable & Awards Ceremony. And a special thank you to all of the following 2017 Event Sponsors; again, Johnson Controls, Inc. our Title Sponsor; our Gold Sponsors, Dell and Toyota; our Silver Sponsor, Chevron; Bronze Sponsors, El Paso Electric Company and JE Dunn Construction; our Opening Reception Sponsor, Delphi; and our MBE Premier Sponsors; DRG, Millennium Steel of Texas, OpTech and Real Time Solutions.
Diversity at the Border opened on Monday afternoon with our Corporate Members attending Benchmarking Plus and our MBEs attending Capacity Plus. During these developmental courses, Clifford A. Bailey, President & CEO of Tech Soft Systems and Chairman of the National MBE Input Committee and Reggie Layton, Chairman of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council and Vice President, Supplier Diversity Supply Chain Sustainability for Johnson Controls, Inc., had a frank and candid discussion on "What's on MBE's Minds". This insightful dialogue was an in-depth conversation on the key roles and responsibilities of MBE's, corporations, the SMSDC, and the NMSDC in the Supplier Diversity Ecosystem. The common goals of corporations and MBEs were also discussed. "It's all about bringing the two organizations together to one, identify a need that a corporation may have as well as the capability the MBE may have - such that they develop a common goal of achieving a specific project that generates revenue for both long term." stated Clifford A. Bailey.
Those MBEs and corporations in attendance had the opportunity to ask questions and openly discuss key initiatives which lead to sustainability, best practices and revenue producing goal strategies such as MBEs doing business with each other.
On Tuesday morning, Karen Box, President & CEO of the SMSDC graciously welcomed all of our guests to the Buyers Breakfast Roundtable and thanked them for coming. In her remarks, she expressed the value add of those MBEs in attendance and encouraged the importance of collaboration. "With the continued advancements and success of our entrepreneurial ventures, minority owned businesses have demonstrated we are mighty when we continued to work together". "We know full-well the invaluable advantages of collaboration and connecting for the good of those that are beneficiaries from our labor."  Karen also remarked due to Hurricane Harvey, Jewel Smith, Supplier Diversity Manager from CenterPoint Energy, who traditionally leads the Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable was unable to attend. She then introduced Robert Frantz, Corporate Regional - Business Relationship Manager with Delphi who kicked-off the Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable. In Robert's opening remarks, he echoed Karen's comments regarding the importance of MBE's connecting and networking with each other. Certified MBEs & Suppliers had the opportunity to discuss business with representatives from the City of El Paso Purchasing, Dell, Delphi and El Paso Electric. 
After the BBR, the regional awards ceremony luncheon was held. Congratulations again to the following 2017 Award winners;
Advocate of the Year
Alex Payan, Supplier Diversity and Investment Recovery
El Paso Electric
Supplier of the Year - Class II 
($1 to $10 million in sales)
DANRICK Industries
Corporation of the Year
Energy Industry - El Paso Electric
Our sincere thanks to all those who took the time to participate in the 2017 Diversity at the Border! We look forward to seeing everyone again in October of 2018 when the SMSDC is the host for the National Minority Supplier Development Council's (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Fair.  
In This Issue
Effective Immediately

Thank you for your SMSDC Application. To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner, DO NOT MAIL, FEDEX or send via CERTIFIED MAIL ANY NEW OR RECERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS. An ADDITIONAL $100 PROCESSING FEE will be added to ANY applications that are received via FEDEX, CERTIFIED MAIL or REGULAR MAIL.

ALL NEW and RECERTICATION applications are to be uploaded without exception. If you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact Eduardo-Muniz-Fraticelli at 512.297.6478 or e-mail
. He is available Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00p.m. CST


2017 Diversity at the Border

Mayor Margo presenting Proclamation to Karen Box

City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo & SMSDC President Karen Box
Mayor Dee Margo  
& Karen Box
Advocate of the Year Winner, Alex Payan with El Paso Electric
Supplier of the Year -  
Class II Winner,  
DANRICK Industries
Corporation of the Year Winner, El Paso Electric
Antonio Rico
Beatriz Fernandez

Bruce Collins
Cindy Ramos-Davidson
Karen Box

Danny Portillo
Aurelio Leos
Angela Suffle
Rosa Santana

Steve Cobb
Frank Marcus
Alex Payan

Angela Suffle
Rosa Santana
Cindy Ramos-Davidson
Karen Box

*If you would like a copy of your photo, please email Mayra Pena at and we will be happy to send it to you. 

On Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 Dell was the site of SMSDC's first annual 2017 MBE "Idol" Finals. Darlene Owens, Program Manager for Dell Global Supplier Diversity, warmly welcomed SMSDC's 2017 MBE "Idol" Finalists. Karen Box, President & CEO of the SMSDC served as emcee and kept the entire event running smoothly. She thanked Darlene Owens and the seven judges, who are buyers for Dell, for their participation in the day's event.
Armed with their power-point presentations, Ed Garcia, President R2 Corporation, Liz Trevino, Inside Sales Coordinator, Digital Display Solutions and Debbie Trevino, President of Treco Services individually competed. Each contestant had 10 minutes for their presentation followed by questions and one-one-one feedback from each of the judges. All were contestants were judged on their quality of presentation, relevant skills and experience, clarity of message and marketing strategies. After all of the judges had tallied the MBE "Idol' scorecard, Debbie Trevino, President of Treco Services was awarded SMSDC's 2017 MBE "Idol" of the Year.

L to R
Darlene Owens, Dell
Debbie Trevino, Treco Services
Karen Box, SMSDC
Debbie will receive a one on one exclusive lunch with a Dell executive, in addition to being featured along with her company, Treco Services, in an upcoming issue of SMSDC's monthly e-newsletter. She will serve as the keynote speaker at our upcoming Regional Task Force' year-end event to be held in November of this year. And, will serve as a "Honorary Judge" for the MBE "Idol" in 2018.
Both Darlene and Karen agreed the event was a tremendous success and have already begun planning SMSDC's MBE "Idol" in 2018!
The SMSDC would also like to sincerely thank Sheela Ooi, Supplier Diversity Analyst for Dell in addition to, John Zeitz, Jim Snell, Ashley Sutton, Tracee Casarez, Fernando Camargo, Eric Silver and Bob McKinley all who are also with Dell, for their assistance, involvement and enthusiasm.

PHOTO GALLERY - 2017 MBE Idol Finale
August 23, 2017  |  Austin, TX

*If you would like a copy of your photo, please email Mayra Pena at and we will be happy to send it to you.

Detroit, MI
October 22-25, 2017

  BizC onnect MBE2MBE Matchmaker
  during the 2017 NMSDC Conference
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  1. This is a first come-first serve event with limited tables. 
  2. All MBEs interested in participating on Wednesday', October 25  - MBE2MBE Matchmaker Event as a "Buyer" must  click here to complete and submit the Buyer Application no later than September 19.
  3.  The revised sign-up link is - 
  4. A Pre-requisite to participating is that the NMSDC Certified MBE must be pre-registered for the conference or must purchase a Tuesday or Wednesday pass.
  5. MBEs who wish to be considered for the Tuesday Corporate2MBE event MUST make sure their profile is accurate and  that their certification will be current at the time of the Tuesday event. 
All MBEs, please contact SMSDC for all updates and/or corrections to your profile .
Note:  Your company will only be selected if there is a match between the opportunities and criteria presented by the corporation your company information.

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 this:

DO NOT ignore this e-mail.
It is a courtesy reminder your certification is about to expire.   
Please contact Eduardo Muniz-Fraticelli at .


NMSDC is excited to announce that the new Opportunity Awareness Program
(OAP) module is live! As a NMSDC-certified MBE, you will have an opportunity to receive notifications by our national corporate members based on criteria specifications.
In order to receive emails, carefully review the following tips:
  1. The certification module of NMSDC CENTRAL® is powered by AdaptOne. This is where you complete your certification and recertification applications.
  2. To log in, you will need to have your log in credentials - provided by your certifying affiliate.
  3. Some features will be unavailable if you do not have a current certification.
  4. In order to receive this and other important notifications, make sure you request that your email client accepts
MBEs who are currently using have reported problems with receiving e-mails. They will need to provide the affiliate with another email address. This is a provider issue that NMSDC cannot address.

Log in today to view other features that are available to you now as a certified MBE!
  • MBE2MBE Search Tool and the MBE2MBE Collaboration Survey
  • Certificate
  • NMSDC Logo Pack
In order to receive this and other important notifications, make sure you request that your email client accepts

Please contact your affiliate if you have any questions, or need additional assistance.

Thank you for being an invaluable constituent of NMSDC!

Welcome!  NEW MBEs

AUGUST 2017 
BOG Landscaping, LLC - Boerne, TX 
Electrical Automation Supply - Brownsville, TX
Morgan Veteran Recruiting Group - Broken Arrow, OK 
North Park Castroville Motors, LLC -  Castroville, TX 
Seco Spice Company, Ltd. Co -  Berino, NM 
Secure Apps, LLC -  San Antonio, TX 
Seisa Medical Sales, LLC -  El Paso, TX 
JULY 2017 
CVG Group, LLC - Austin, TX
North Park NE Motors LLC (DBA: Audi North Park) - Selma, TX
Risk5 Compliance Group -  San Antonio, TX 

JUNE 2017

D&J Management Services, Inc - Tulsa, OK
Mercury Trade, LLC - El Paso, TX
Tilted Chair Creative, LLC - Austin, TX

Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

Aldez Containers, LLC
Ancira Enterprises
Apfelbaum Industrial, Inc.
Arguindegui Oil Co. II Ltd.
Blue Ribbon Staffing, LLC
Central Bolt & Industrial Supplies, Inc.
Chickasaw Management Services, LLC
D&B General Cleaning Contractor, Inc., LLC
Dazzling Displays, LLC
DS Cargo, LLC
ECM International, Inc.
ED Group & TFS Customs Brokers, Inc.
Enhanced Production Technologies
Fairway Landscape and Nursery, Inc.
Flexcraft, LLC
G&M Contractors, LLC
House of Webster, Inc.
InGenesis, Inc.
International Newspapers, Inc.
La Abuela Mexican Foods, Inc.
Load Source, LLC
MagRabbit-AIW, LLC
Meridian Construction Services Corp.
MSS Outsourcing Services, LLC
Night Eyes Protective Services, Inc.
Ohman Enterprise, LLC
Parrish Enterprises, Ltd.
Peyton Resource Group
Precision Technology, Inc.
3Professional Partnering Solutions, Inc.
QPL, Inc.
R. T. C. Inc.
Real Time Solutions
Red Stone Construction Services, LLC
Requested Personnel, LLC
Ruiz Testing Services, Inc.
Sanders\Wingo Advertising, Inc.
Seed & Grain Exporters
Select Dedicated Solutions, LLC
Sparkovation Advisors
Spirit truck lines, Inc.
T&T Forwarding Services, Inc.
Terrazzo USA and Associates, Inc.
Texas Mgt. Associates, Inc.
The Ross Group Construction Corp.
Three Nation's Trading
Universally Correct Technology, LLC
USTR Freight, LLC
Verde Logistics, LLC

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 September:
Wednesday, September 13th
Wednesday, September 20th
Wednesday, September 27th

Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code:  372354
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. 



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 is 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. 
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News You Can Use - August 2017 Update
Minority Business Development Agency sent this bulletin at 08/28/2017 11:00 AM EDT

MBDA Helps Minority-Owned Businesses Turn their Dreams into Reality

Over the past decade, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) programs and services have secured more than $40 billion in contracts and capital for agency clients and have helped American entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

In Case You Missed It: Exclusive Tips Taking MBEs to Greater Success

The number of minority-owned businesses continues to grow and bring value to the U.S. economy. Despite their growth, minority business enterprises (MBEs) continue to face challenges in access to capital, contracts, markets and overall resources. Over the past year, MBDA's network of business centers has shone a light on business topics, from marketing to optimizing millennials, pertinent to MBEs.

MBDA Joins SBIR Road Tour in September

The Minority Business Development Agency is pleased to announce we will join the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour as it travels through California and Hawaii. The Agency and our national network of more than 40 MBDA Business Centers are excited to support the greater the Tour mission of increasing program participation by minority businesses and entrepreneurs.

Starting a Business This Summer? Here's Four Tax Tips

If summer plans include starting a business, be sure to visit The IRS website has answers to questions on payroll and income taxes, credits and deductions plus more.

Disaster/Emergency Tips for Small Businesses

September is National Preparedness Month. When disaster strikes, it's only natural to want to protect your family and loved ones. Before disaster strikes, it very important to safeguard your small business, particularly if it's your main source of income.

To continue reading and view the original copy of this article in the link below:

Be a part of the #WeAreNMSDC Campaign 
From the NMSDC website:

The #WeAreNMSDC Campaign

To celebrate our 45th anniversary, the accomplishments of the NMSDC network, and to showcase the economic impact of minority businesses, the #WeAreNMSDC Campaign is highlighting the achievements of our corporate members, MBEs and affiliates councils, and will culminate at the 2017 NMSDC Conference in Detroit, October 22-25.

We invite our corporate members, MBEs and affiliate councils to participate in the #WeAreNMSDC campaign. Get Involved! To learn more about about the campaign click on the link below.

Learn More, click here.

2017 Premier Sponsors


   Dell       Toyota_Corporate





Genesis Network   
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.

Contact us

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