From your MBEIC Chair
We are off to a great start!

Our Southwest Council wants to share with you our goals and plans for 2019; but more importantly, we want ALL MBEs to be a part of them.

I encourage all MBEs to join us at SMSDC’s Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting , ( a complimentary event) this upcoming March 5th in San Antonio. It is the place to be and the perfect opportunity for all MBEs to:

  • Get to better know YOUR council
  • Connect in person with your council’s board of directors, corporations and other MBEs.
  • Hear from Reginald K. Layton (Chair of the Board) about the “State of the Network”.
  • Learn about the 2018 Annual report and 2019 Services from Karen Box, SMSDC President/CEO.
  • Listen to corporations’ insights on Supplier Diversity.
  • Look for opportunities.
  • Be part of better plans for 2019
  • And more. See the Meeting Agenda for more details.

Join us for an entire work-day, starting with breakfast at Toyota’s Motor Manufacturing Plant, followed by meaningful discussions where we can learn first-hand about SMSDC’s past reports, current activities and future plans; and network to connect with your next customer/partner/supplier.
As your MBEIC Chair, I can't stress enough that OUR involvement as MBEs is CRUCIAL . We need you to be part of the driving force. I am excited to share with you that a Regional Task Force’s MBE Luncheon has been added just for us during the Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting.

This session was designed with MBEs and Regional Task Forces from all SMSDC’s service areas in mind, as a way to meet and discuss concerns and opportunities relevant to our particular needs.  

Why take part in this session? To:
  • Discuss MBE participation in, and commitment to SMSDC
  • Talk about plans for 2019 and provide input on what matters most to us, MBEs (data collection)
  • Recruit RTF Members to help take action in our own areas
  • Look into expanding opportunities for MBEs

Register Now!  and, see you in San Antonio!

Beatriz Fernandez


Deeleslie Lawn Service, LLC - Austin, TX
Greenview, LLC - Austin, TX
KU Consulting LLC - Austin, TX
Debra R Richardson - Owasso, OK

Beyond Broadband Solutions - Austin, TX
Capital Land Services - Edmond, OK
James Harshman, LLC - Lytle, TX
Rescue Heating & Air, LLC - Alice, TX
Sanitary Clean, LLC - Austin, TX
SEB, LLC - Austin, TX
Tolbert Enterprises, Inc - Tulsa, OK
VanHern Logistics, LLC - Laredo, TX

Buffalo Industries Group, LLC - Jay, OK
Goodman MBE Group GP, LLC - Boerne, TX
Goodman MBE Group, LP - San Antonio, TX
JC Floors, LLC - Pflugerville, TX
TAP Design Management, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK

4G Resources, LLC
Brady's Welding & Machine Shop, Inc.
Cherokee Nation Industries, LLC.
Custom Seating, Inc.
Fusion Industries LLC
GHC Consulting LLC
Goshawk, LLC
L & L Brown, Inc.
Labeltech, Inc.
LNV, Inc.
Mac Converting Inc.
Marc A. Rodriguez
Muscogee Staffing Solutions LLC
Navales Enterprises, Inc.
Optech Gente, Inc.
Persona Communications Enterprises, LLC
Radiant RFID, LLC
SOAL Technologies, LLC.
Strickler & Prieto LLP
Texas Ed Tech Solutions, LLC
Three Frontiers Express, Inc.
TUM Logistics
Unami, LLC
Virgo Associates II, LLC
Vutex, Inc.
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 February :
Wednesday, February 6th
Wednesday, February 13th 
Wednesday, February 20th
Wednesday, February 27th
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code: 372354#
En Español:
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 Questions

The Declaration of Certification of Minority Status is a document that must be printed, filled-out, notarized by a Notary Public, and uploaded to the Declaration Section (last section) of the MBE Certification Application. It would be a great idea to save a black copy of the Declaration of Certification of Minority Status so that you may have it available for your re-certification, a year after you are originally certified. This document must be updated and notarized yearly, as part of the requirements of our MBE Certification.
SMSDC Certification Expire!

Check the expiration date on your SMSDC certification. As a courtesy reminder your certification is about to expire, 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 may to your spam or junk mail. 

Once your SMSDC certification expires, ALL MBEs have to complete the entire certification process from the beginning. For those MBEs in the STATE OF TEXAS, in addition to completing 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 contact Gabrielle Ramirez at  gabrielle@smsdc.org  for assistance on your SMSDC ReCertification.
If this is a  New Application or 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  gabrielle@smsdc.org .
Annual Stakeholders' Meeting
March 5, 2019
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.  

If you have not attended the annual meeting in the past, this is your chance to join us and take a tour of the San Antonio Toyota Plant. Space is limited and registration is required.

The Annual Meeting
will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at the 
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas - Visitor's Center, One Lone Star Pass, in San Antonio, TX. 
 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lunch will be served.
Toyota Plant Tour(s) will take place during the event. Limited space is available & registration is required. 

Register now for this complimentary event.

2019 SMSDC Calendar of Events
March 5, 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 11, 2019 ,
“MBE Business Showcase” , Oklahoma State University, 408 Whitehurst Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078

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
2019 MBE Business Showcase
April 11, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Stillwater, OK
SMSDC's Oklahoma Regional Task Force (RTF) invites you to join us on Thursday, April 11th, at The Oklahoma State University Student Union #1600, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Showcase and Luncheon is a program sponsored by Oklahoma State University to create a business environment that promotes access and increases business opportunities for minority-owned businesses. It is a forum where major corporations and minority businesses can build business relationships.

The Showcase features business presentations from certified minority businesses and corporate members, a business card exchange and networking.

  • Develop New Contracts and Referrals
  • Develop Meaningful Business Relationships
  • Gain Visibility with Major Corporations
  • Gain Visibility with Minority Businesses
  • Meet Qualified Minority Businesses

Registration Fees:
  • $20 per person or $40 for two person

Why participate?
For Corporations:
You can develop powerful, productive business partnerships with 
minority businesses.

For Minority Businesses:
You can market your products and services to some of the largest corporations in the state of Oklahoma and develop business relationships that could lead to long-term partnerships with major corporations.
Sponsored by:
Are you a manufacturer?

We would like you to join us at the  Mexico's Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit 2019.  
It is a unique opportunity for leading OEM's and potential suppliers to meet and identify new business partners.  
* Please note this VIP complimentary full access passes is for Supply Chain Manufacturers and OEMs ONLY. 
A manufacturer is defined as a company that transforms raw materials into parts that actually are assembled in a vehicle, an aircraft, in home appliances, medical or firms that assemble food industry machinery. 
If you are not a Supply Chain manufacturer, you are not eligible for this complimentary VIP passes.

Service Supply Firm: Companies that provide a service or product that directly supports the manufacturing process. 

Professional Services: Consultants, Lawyers, 3PL, Accountants, HR, Real Estate Brokerage, Industrial Developers, Government and Promotional Agencies, Shelter Service Providers, etc. 

Supply Chain Manufacturers will benefit from:
  • B2B Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Logistics and 3PL's
  • Exhibition Floor
  • Networking
  • Potential Business Expansion
  • Competitive Knowledge


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   mayra@smsdc.org  or call 915.433.0612. These classes are complimentary but you must be an active corporate member or certified MBE to attend.
Association Energy Service Professionals (AESP) Conference
January 24th in San Antonio, TX

SMSDC's President & CEO, Karen Box, participated in the Supplier Diversity panel during AESP's conference. Her discussion included the advantage of minority certification and how the requirements behind the utility companies for such certification. She also discussed how to engage more as a prime and how a utility company may initiate a supplier diversity program.

Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit association, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, demand-side management and demand response programs. AESP provides professional development programs, access to a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience.

To learn more about AESP, please visit www.aesp.org .
2019 MBE Public Policy Day
February 12th in Austin, TX
MBEs gathered in Austin to meet with elected and appointed officials, state agency and department professionals to address public policy issues and their impact to minority business enterprises in the State of Texas.


SMSDC is proud to present the Elevate My Business Challenge hosted by the Lift Development Group led by Kim Folson program.

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