From your MBEIC Chair
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Us MBEs are on a roll!
If you think things are slowing down because of the end of school year and graduations are fast approaching, or because not much seems to be going on around us; think twice. There is so much taking place and in the works for MBEs at the SMSDC.

From corporate opportunities that have been shared with us from NSMDC’s MBEIC committees, to support with executive scholarships, and more; to RTF events taking place along with MBE "Idol" contests and even Small Business Week currently taking place, the only issue becomes is: What to pick? Can I do it all? The answer of course is, "Do as much as you can without impacting what matters most."
With this in mind, remember that Premier Face Time will be also soon approaching. This is the largest event for SMSDC and one we should not miss, as we not only have the chance to meet one-on-one with regional corporations, but offers the great opportunity to engage with government agencies looking to meet with us, Certified MBEs. And there is still time to take advantage of early bird discounts end this Friday, May 10th. So, don’t let this one chance pass you by. Register today .

See you there!

Beatriz Fernandez


APRIL 2019
ATX Sanford & Son Electric, LLC - Round Rock, TX
RJ Garza Investments, LLC - Weslaco, TX

MARCH 2019
RA Outdoors, LLC - Austin, TX
Ping Identity Corporation - Austin, TX

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


APRIL 2019
Abacus Computers, Inc
Alamo Environmental, Inc.
Angelou Economic Advisors Inc.
B&E Medical Supply & Equipment, LLC
Cameron Glass, Inc.
Complete Book & Media Supply, LLC
Crimson Steel Supply, LLC
Diversa LLC
Durand-Hollis Rupe, Inc.
EP South West Logistics, INC
F.C. Felhaber and Company, Inc
First Assured Quality Systems, LLC.
FMC Industries LLC
Forma Automotive, LLC
Frontera Concepts, LLC
Gomez Floor Covering Inc
Hero Logistics LP
JAMCO International, Inc.
Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PLLC
KLP Commercial LLC
Kupplin Worldwide, LLC.
McDaniel Technical Services, Inc.
Medwheels Inc
Mighty Clean LLC
Munoz Trucking, Inc.
National Educational Systems, Inc.
Nippy Betz, LLC dba
Scholarship Leadership Institute
North Park Lincoln Mercury
Office Express Janitorial Services, Inc
Origen Technologies Inc
PSE Contracting, LLC
R W Gonzalez Office Products, Inc.
Ramiro Ramirez Construction, Inc.
Rancho De Santa Fe, LLC
RF-IP, Inc.
Sandra Mercuri
Sequoyah Team
Sistema Technologies, Inc
Steck Systems, Inc
Tiger Natural Gas, Inc
TM Logistics LLC
TM Transportation Services LLC
Today's Roofing, Inc.
Treco Services, Inc
Viking Fence Co Ltd
VMW Maintenance Solutions, Inc
Westwind Computer Products 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 May:
Wednesday, May 8th
Wednesday, May 15th
Wednesday, May 22nd
Wednesday, May 29th
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

How do I obtain a copy of my MBE certification?

Upon approval by the Southwest MSDC Board of Directors, you will receive your welcome letter by email notifying you that your company is now certified as an MBE with SMSDC also included will be your certification number. Once you are approved you can access your certificate at any time using your log-in and password to view/print your certificate. Certification is valid for one year and requires an annual renewal online.

Please contact  alana@smsdc.org  with any questions regarding certification with SMSDC.
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 , and you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact Alana Ortega at 512.297.6478 during regular business hours or send an e-mail to  alana@smsdc.org.

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  gabrielle@smsdc.org .

Whether you are new to supplier diversity or an industry veteran, increasing diverse supplier participation in your corporation’s supply chain can be difficult. Subscribe today to get more done in less time.

  1. Strategic Vision
  2. Process Design
  3. Establishing Impactful Supplier Diversity Steering Committees
  4. Opportunity Assessment 
  5. Second Tier Program Strategies 2.0 
  6. Supplier Sourcing and Development: Current Requirements
  7. Supplier Sourcing and Development: Future Requirements 
  8. Diverse Supplier Capacity Building 
  9. Program Measurement and Reporting
  10. Internal and External Communication Strategies
  11. Education and Training
  12. Process Improvement 

Crack the Corporate Code
Selling to big corporations is tough. You have to be able to make a difference, grow demand, create value with knowledge and expertise. It’s no easy task, but we are here to help. Subscribe today to get a year’s worth of success tools:

  1. What Only CEOs Can Do
  2. Establishing and Maintaining a Strategic Partnership with a F500 Corporation
  3. Managing the Four Most Undervalued Functions in Business
  4. The MBE Value Proposition 
  5. Why MBEs Must Excel at Marketing AND Sales 
  6. The Role of Relationship Management in Your Growth Strategy
  7. Responding to Corporate RFPs
  8. Capacity Building fuels Your Growth Strategy
  9. Leveraging Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions to Grow Your Business
  10. The Anatomy of Two Big Deals: One Worked, One Didn’t WorkLeveraging Second Tier Opportunities to build your Business 
  11. Establishing an Impactful Advisory Board
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. 

  • Corporate Members: The annual cost for Benchmarking Plus is $999. The registration fee includes access to all webinars, featured courses, online & onsite classes. If you are interested in signing up, please register for the BENCHMARKING PLUS PLATFORM here.

  • Certified MBEs: The annual cost for Capacity Plus is $499. The registration fee includes access to all webinars, featured courses, online & onsite classes. If you are interested in signing up, please register for the CAPACITY PLUS PLATFORM here.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mayra Pena at   mayra@smsdc.org  or call 915.433.0612. 

May 16, 2019
Austin Regional Task Force
JE Dunn, 2010 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste 201
Austin, TX 78704

May 23, 2019
San Antonio Regional Task Force
Treco Services
904 N. Zarzamora, San Antonio, TX 78207

June 12-13, 2019
The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W. Market St.,
San Antonio, TX

June 14, 2019
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

May 21, 2019
15th Procurement and Contracting Symposium
El Paso, TX

*Dear Community Partners,
If you would like to submit an event to post on our monthly newsletter, please submit all of the event details to Mayra Pena via email at mayra@smsdc.org . Events will be reviewed to make sure the information & content will be beneficial to our Certified MBEs and/or corporate members before posting on our newsletter and/or website.
The Austin & San Antonio Regional Task Force presents:
"Contract Ready? MBE Idol Preliminaries"
This is a skill that every Minority Business Owner needs to develop to be successful! SMSDC’s MBE Idol 2019 sponsored by Dell, is a 10 minute marketing presentation in which you position yourself as being   “contract ready” . You do not have to win the MBE Idol to experience the benefits. Each round of competition gives you an opportunity to gain practical experience by “pitching” in front of a panel of judges, comprised of key industry leaders and in the process, learn what makes a compelling marketing presentation. More importantly, you can be assured you will NOT win if you do NOT apply to participate.

To participate, all you have to do is make sure your SMSDC certification is current and submit your PowerPoint Presentation, no longer than 5-7 minutes, to  carol@smsdc.org  no later than Monday May 13 th . Then, join us on Thursday March 16 th  at JE DUNN from 5:30-7:30p.m. for the Austin Regional Task Force’ MBE Idol 2019 Preliminaries. Equipped with your PowerPoint presentation, you will individually present to a panel of judges who will critique your presentation and provide one-on-one constructive feedback.

If you are selected from the preliminaries, you must attend the Semi-Finals and be ready to again present your marketing pitch at the upcoming  Premier Face Time EXPO - Day 1  on Wednesday, June 12th during the Chairman’s Reception, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX.
The FINALS will take place at a later date over the summer at the DELL headquarters in RoundRock, TX. We will do our best to give as much advanced notification as possible. The final winner of SMSDC’s MBE Idol 2019 will be awarded a  ONE on ONE exclusive meeting with a DELL corporate executive, featured in an upcoming SMSDC e-newsletter, serve as the keynote speaker at a Regional Task Force meeting either in Austin or San Antonio and serve as an honorary judge in SMSDC’s MBE Idol 2020 annual competition.

Allow the excitement of SMSDC’s MBE Idol event, momentum of the feedback, and validation from the esteemed panel of judges propel you to keep approaching potential vendors and customers. Development of these motivational strategies are invaluable and can position you to take full advantage of building your capacity for continued future growth and success.
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Join us in Austin

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Location: JE Dunn, 2010 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste 201, Austin, TX 78704
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary
Join us in San Antonio
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Location: Treco Services
904 Zarzamora, San Antonio, TX 78207
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary
2019 Premier Face Time Expo
& Celebrity Golf Tournament
"Green is Green: A Discussion with Tier 1 MBE Suppliers"

June 12-14, 2019
San Antonio, TX

Join us for SMSDC’s biggest event of the year! This annual event is a networking forum
designed to connect Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with corporations that are looking
for procurement opportunities with diversity suppliers. The three day event will be full of
networking and educational opportunities kicking off with an exciting golf tournament!

This year's theme, Green is Green: A Discussion with Tier 1 MBE Suppliers , will focus on connecting with families who are creating a legacy through their company. Toyota Tier 1 suppliers have been invited to sit on a panel of first generation owners along with their next generation leaders to speak on the importance of doing business with Tier 1 MBEs and their plan on moving the company forward.

June 12-13, 2019
Premier Face Time Expo
The Westin Riverwalk Hotel
420 W. Market St., San Antonio, TX

June 14, 2019
Premier Face Time Celebrity Golf Tournament
La Cantera Golf Club, Resort Course
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

Early bird registration now open! Save $50 off your online registration by signing up before this Friday,
May 10, 2019
Use code: DISCOUNT50 when registering.
Hotel Accommodations:
Book your hotel accommodations at the 2019 Premier Face Time host hotel, The Westin Riverwalk.

The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio creates an unforgettable atmosphere for your Texas stay. The downtown hotel offers upscale hotel rooms with marble bathrooms, indulgent pillow top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, ample desks and Wi-Fi. Many rooms enjoy balconies or terraces overlooking San Antonio or the vibrant Riverwalk.

SMSDC's room block rate is $189 per night. Last day to make your reservation is Tuesday, May 21st.
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 excited to introduce the newest addition to our team, Alana Ortega, Certification Manager.
You can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out the girl! Alana left Texas 15 years ago to move to North Carolina and while living there developed a love for Supplier Diversity. She now has come back to San Antonio to share her passion for networking & building relationships with MBEs and Corporations.

You can reach Alana at alana@smsdc.org or via cell phone at 512.297.6478
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