October 2017
From the President's Desk: 

Our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and attendees whom participated in our 3 regional events: Premier Face Time in San Antonio, TX; New Frontier in Oklahoma City, OK & Diversity at the Border in El Paso, TX.  
Each of these events offered a platform for corporate members and suppliers to discuss business opportunities in the near term.  SMSDC's dedicated board of directors and staff mapped out a diverse array of networking events,
educational seminars and connecting opportunities that drove minority businesses development forward.  We are one of a few councils whose service area covers multiple states.  For this reason, we offer matchmaking opportunities in three of our largest areas.  If you were unable to join us in 2017, we hope that you will be able to participate in 2018 as it will be a very exciting year to be a part of SMSDC.  Our 2018 calendar of events will be released soon. 
As we enter our 4th quarter, we begin planning our end of year celebrations throughout our service area.  Please stay tuned to your local Regional Task Force for planning of your local end of year gathering.  It is now time to celebrate another great year!
I'd like to take this opportunity to invite all of our certified MBEs to two exciting upcoming events.  NMSDC's 2017 Conference & Business Opportunity Fair, "Fueling Economic Growth", will take place October 22-25 in Detroit, Michigan. It is a one-of-a-kind event featuring thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and over 700 exhibit booths.  The four day event is filled with endless opportunities to network!  If you have not already registered, please visit the event website at to learn more.
I'd also like to invite you to attend Premier Platinum Sponsor, Toyota's 28th Annual Opportunity Exchange.  The annual event will take place on Thursday, November 9th in Detroit, Michigan.  This is your opportunity to connect with Toyota Tier 1 Suppliers, gain strategic insights from diversity leaders and cultivate meaningful connections during the tradeshow.  To learn more and register, please visit
Once again, thank you all for your participation and continuous support of SMSDC.  I hope to see you all at one of our end of year celebrations and the exciting upcoming events soon.
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


Detroit, MI
October 22-25, 2017

On behalf of TOYOTA, we are inviting you to participate in the 28th Annual Opportunity Exchange (OE).  We are proud to host a forum that helps facilitate the initiation of relationships between our Tier I Suppliers and Diverse Businesses. This one day event will be held in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Center for the first time
and is an important affirmation of Toyota's commitment to diversity and inclusion.  
Over the years, several significant opportunities for diverse businesses have been a direct result of OE. With your support and participation, we expect this positive trend to continue. If you require any additional information regarding OE, please feel free to contact our Supplier Diversity Group by emailing

We look forward to seeing you in Detroit on November 9th.  
Click here for event flyer and agenda. 

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

Apollo Towing - Alamo, TX 
Frontera Tank Cleaners, LLC - McAllen, TX 
JV Painters of Texas, LLC - Austin, TX 
Techrode, Inc - Austin, TX 
The Lake Alabaster Box Corp - Austin, TX 
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 

Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

Auto ID Source, Inc.
Bitech Tool & Die Inc.
Blue Ribbon Staffing, LLC
Chickasaw Management Services, LlC
DSK Investments LLC
Enhanced Production Technologies
General Labels & Printing, LLC
InGenesis, Inc.
Jaime's Foods, LLC
MagRabbit-AIW, LLC
MSS Outsourcing Services LLC
Natural Evolution, Inc.
Night Eyes Protective Services Inc.
Ohman Enterprise, LLC
Optech Enterprise Solutions, LLC.
Parrish Enterprises, Ltd.
Pristine Building Maintenanace
QPL, Inc.
Sanders\Wingo Advertising, Inc.
Seed & Grain Exporters
Silt Leasing & Transportation Services, Inc.
Somnio Solutions, Inc.
Spirit Truck Lines, Inc.
The Ross Group Construction Corp.
Three Nation's Trading
TRE & Associates, LLC
Twang Partners, LTD
Universally COrrect Technology, LLC
Valley International Automation
Willis & Associates Logistics, Inc.
Zempleo, Inc.

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 October:
Wednesday, October 11th
Wednesday, October 18th
Wednesday, October 25th

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. 
Article of Interest


RACONTEUR - July 25, 2017 

Diversity has become a business buzzword in recent times, with numerous C-suite executives viewing it as simply a tick-box exercise, alas. And yet a growing welter of evidence suggests the manifold advantages of utilizing diverse supply chains - engaging suppliers from ethnic, racial and gender minorities - are too significant to be ignored.
In the UK there is much work to be done in this area, however, and in truth, when it comes to encouraging such a progressive approach, most of the world is some way behind pioneers in the United States. Indeed, the very idea of supplier diversity was triggered by the epochal American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
It is little coincidence that on March 5, 1969, less than a year after the Civil Rights Act, popularly known as the Fair Housing Act, President Richard Nixon, who had taken office only six weeks earlier, signed the game-changing Executive Order 11458 that stipulated government agencies and their contractors should partner up with minority-owned companies.
It soon became apparent that to prevent fraud, rigorous third-party certification was required; hence the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) was formed in 1971 to determine which organizations qualified for minority business enterprise (MBE) status.
In the subsequent four-and-a-half decades, a cluster of other national units have been established in the US to foster growth for diverse business types and address the needs of various affinity groups, including women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and those with disabilities.
And now, even though the NMSDC, which aims to "support and facilitate MBE integration into corporate and public sector supply chains" by matching in excess of 12,000 certified MBEs to its "vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions", has the likes of Apple, Google, Amazon, Walmart and more than 300 more top corporate organizations on its books, there remains a frustratingly backward-looking attitude at boardroom level, according to Joset Wright-Lacy, president of the organization.

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