From your MBEIC Chair
MBE’s let us help you in this time to find resources for your business during this pandemic, COVID 19.

I know everyone is staying safe based on how COVID-19 can affect our families, safety must be our first priority. We may feel a little silly wearing mask and gloves but if we can accept the new fashion, we can all conquer this together.

I have missed everyone. I know we have had to reschedule a few of our events, RTF, Premier Face Time Expo, MBE Idol. I pray that we will be back on track for the NMSDC National Conference in October 2020. As MBE’s and small business owners there is a lot of research to do.

I have listed a few resources that will come in handy at this critical time.

The recently passed CARES Act included support for small businesses in this time through the SBA.  SBA working with your local banker, are providing loans that can help assist with economic injury (Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to helping you maintain your employees and payroll (Payroll Protection Program). I encourage you to check out the SBA website above and I highly recommend that if you aren’t already subscribing to the SBA email updates that you do so, they are very informative. You can subscribe at https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/organization . If you are on twitter you can go to @SBAgov for the latest updates. For additional assistance you can find your local SBA office resources at www.SBA.gov/local assistance or you can call 1-800-659-2955.

You can also stay connected with NMSDC, there is an upcoming webinar listed below that will have more information on COVID-19:
Virtual Town Hall Services
April 9 th
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Also in case you missed the previous Town Hall you can find them archived at https://NMSDC.org/townhall.

On April 3, SMSDC posted an update. Information for Small Business and Employees, it has resources to help find Coronavirus AID, relief and economic security act.

Kyyba Innovations
If you are a Supplier -  NMSDC posted on April 2, 2020 Kyyba Innovations is calling all investors PPE Suppliers, Entrepreneurs!
Kyyba Innovations will be aggregating all medical supplies from other countries faster and in a more effective way. For more information you can contact tel@kyyba.com .

Stay safe & healthy!

Deborah Treviño
President, Treco Services
Resources Available for Small Businesses

We hope everyone is remaining healthy and safe during the current health crisis. As we continue to support our constituents' needs, we would like to provide you with the latest information and resources. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. This is a  $2 trillion stimulus bill  which will provide economic relief to individuals, families, small businesses and other sectors of the United States economy that have been impacted due to the pandemic.  

Visit our  COVID-19 Resource Page  for the latest available information and resources.
Paycheck Protection Program
AVAILABLE NOW!  Emergency loan program for nonproft and for profit entities to secure funds to pay staff and operating costs for two months, and secure full loan forgiveness under certain circumstances.
  • Size Eligibility - 500 or fewer employees
  • Dollar Value - the lesser of $10 million or 2.5 times the average total monthly payroll costs from the one-year period priot to the date of application
  • Loan Processor - Local financial institutions
  • Personal Guarantee - No collateral or personal guarantee required
  • Click here to find a lender today
Expanded EIDL & Emergency Grants (SBA 7(b) Loans)
AVAILABLE NOW!  Existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program expanded to more for profit entities, applies lower credit standards, and created a rapid grant procedure.
  • Size Eligibility - 500 or fewer employees
  • Dollar Value - Normal EIDL loans available up to $2 million. EIDL advances of $10,000 paid within 3 days.
  • Loan Processor - Small Business Administration
  • Personal Guarantee - Waives personal guarantee up to $200,000, and requirement of inability to obtain credit elsewhere.
  • Click here to apply today.

MARCH 2020
AFS Forwarding, LLC - Laredo, TX
DigitalGenetix, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Kitchen 54 Foods - Austin, TX
Reboot Theory - Edmond, OK
Simpat Solutions, LLC - Austin, TX
Virescent, Inc - Albuquerque, NM

INof8 Legal, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK
InfoCorvus, LLC - Austin, TX
Iron Oak Holdings, LLC - San Antonio, TX
My Business Matches, Inc - San Antonio, TX
RD2 Austin LLC dba CSW Residential - Austin, TX
RightWorks Staffing, Inc - Austin, TX

AK Telecom, LLC - Austin, TX
ALIS Software, LLC - Round Rock, TX
ECM Processing Services, LLC - Leander, TX
ESL International, LLC - El Paso, TX
Name Brands Solutions, Inc - Austin, TX
Opifex, LLC - Austin, TX
Sayers Construction, LLC - San Marcos, TX


MARCH 2020

Alamo Analytical Laboratories, LTD          
Appro, Inc.         
Associated Building and Development Corp         
Aztec Machine & Repair, Inc.      
B2B Transport Market LLC           
Cameron Glass, Inc.        
CDI Technology Services               
Champion Supply Company, LLC
Cranes & Material Handling Inc.
Dean Baldwin Painting, L.P.         
Dorada Foods   
Empire Roofing of Oklahoma, Inc.            
Hanseatic Management Services, Inc.     
J.O. Alvarez, Inc.               
JN3 Global Enterprises LLC          
KLP Commercial LLC       
Lopez Foods, Inc.             
Mac Converting Inc.       
Munoz Trucking, Inc.      
Origen Technologies Inc
Pancho's Transportation Services, LLC    
Romedu Express, LLC     
Seegrove LLC     
Spirit Truck Lines, Inc.    
The 5125 Company         
Tiger Natural Gas, Inc.   
Treco Services, Inc          
UIS International Services Corp  
Waya Services L.L.C.       
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 April:
Wednesday, April 1st
Wednesday, April 8th
Wednesday, April 15th
Wednesday, April 22nd
Wednesday, April 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

MBEs Can Pay It Forward to Fight the Pandemic

One thing we may all agree on is that it has been a few tough weeks for everyone. We can feel like the world is unraveling. Whether you’re dealing with sickness, social distancing, working from home, and/or trying to homeschool kids, it isn’t easy. We all want to get back to normal.

Although, we don’t know what normal will look like, and when that might be. The hustle and bustle of our daily lives may have been impacted and caused us to slow down and look at some of the more important things.

This would be a great opportunity for MBEs to pay it forward in your community. Support Law Enforcement, First Responders and Medical Professionals that have always been there for us in our time of need.

If your company is able to donate supplies for health care workers and organizations that are on the front lines in your city please donate directly charities helping Covid-19 relief.

SMSDC Certification Expire!

Please note effective immediately, we are extending all MBE recertification dates and waiving late fees if your company expired or will expire in March, April or May of 2020.

Check the expiration date on your SMSDC certification. As a courtesy reminder when 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 .
In alignment of SMSDC’s four pillars, Certify. Develop. Connect. Advocate ., education continues to be fundamental. Launched in 2012, SMSDC continues to offer the PLUS+ Platform classes: Benchmarking Plus & Capacity Plus. These signature programs are a mix of in person & online courses presented by supplier diversity expert Reginald K. Layton, Vice President, Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability for Johnson Controls’ Inc and Ralph G. Moore, CPA, president of Ralph G. Moore & Associates (RGMA). Moore is recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought-leaders in the area of supplier diversity and minority business development.
Reginald K. Layton
Ralph G. Moore
For CORPORATE MEMBERS ONLY is a process to accelerate supplier diversity initiatives based on real world experimentation. Benchmarking Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your corporation strengthen your supplier diversity processes. 
For CERTIFIED MBEs is a process to enhance sales and marketing processes and build their capacity to work with Fortune 500 corporations. 

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. 
All Regional Task Force (RTF) activities for the months of April thru June have been cancelled.
The 2020 Premier Face Time Expo & Golf Tournament has been postponed. Please stay tuned for new date coming soon!

Save the Date!
*(click on each event name to register)

Marriott Rivercenter,
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, 78205

PREMIER FACE TIME GOLF TOURNAMENT Palmer Course @ La Cantera Golf Club
17865 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78255

ONE Gas, Inc, First Place Tower, 15 East 5 th St., Tulsa, OK 74103

September 23-24, 2020
TBD, El Paso, TX 


August 12, 2020
Conference & B2B Meetings
El Paso Convention Center, 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.
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