From your MBEIC Chair
On February 20, 2020 I had the privilege of being elected as MBEIC Chairperson. I would like to say thank you to all the MBE’s for believing and trusting in me to represent you. Holding this position as an MBE will allow me to meet with other MBE’s and listen to what are the things that can help us to grow our businesses.  It’s helping MBEs finding solutions and encouraging them that the opportunities are out there.  This position will also give me the opportunity to ensure that MBEs continue to be heard. I want to get to know you and your company so we can find the relationships and opportunities with corporation and tier ones that lead to success.  I have been involved with the SMSDC for over eight years and through my involvement I have been able to increase my opportunities for business growth based on the relationships that we have built with corporations. I want to share my experience with other MBEs to help open the door for others.  Working together will help us all be successful. 

It is important for certified MBE‘s to get involved in upcoming events with SMSDC. We make an investment to become certified MBEs and it takes action to bring value to that investment. Being a Certified MBE and being involved with SMSDC does open doors for us to identify the opportunity and develop the relationships that will help us to grow. Your involvement also allows you to express your passion as an entrepreneur and why corporations and tier ones they should do business with you. We are a large region and if you want to grow your company in other cities or states being involved with the SMSDC allows you to participate at a Nation level as well with NMSDC.
I would like to say thank you to Beatriz Fernandez our past MBEIC Chairperson and all the great work she has done.  I look forward to building on the success she has already created.  I would also like to thank MBE’s who have already committed to being on the Committee Lisa Navarro-Gonzales Vice President Forma Automotive, David Groomes Sr. Vice president, USF Community business of U.S. facilities, Inc., Lisa Harbert President of Digital Display Solutions, Lee Little President/CEO of Premier workforce training, LLC. Sarah Livar Director of Admin. Srvcs. CDI Tech. Services. I would encourage you to get involved here as well.  Here are some committees for you to considers, Regional Task Force Activities or Premier FaceTime expo activities.  Please go to the website and sign up!!!   

If you know of MBEs who are not certified bring them as a guest to our upcoming RTF meetings. All MBEs are welcome.  There will be an RTF event in San Antonio on April 2 and an event April 8 in Austin.

Again, I am very excited and honored to have been elected for the MBEIC Chairperson and I look forward to serving you.  I can’t wait to meet you and find ways to further strengthen SMSDC and build the networks necessary for our success. 


Deborah Treviño
President, Treco Services
SMSDC welcomes our newest MBE Premier Platinum Sponsor, OPIFEX, LLC.
Thank you for your support of SMSDC!

Opifex LLC is a full service general construction equipment rental and job-site material supplier in Central Texas. 

Opifex offers rental services for backhoes, telehandlers, skid steers, boom lifts, scissor lifts and many other types of equipment. All of their machines are brand new and only partner with American manufacturers like John Deere and JLG! 

Opifex's business model is similar to United Rentals, Sunstate Rentals, and Sunbelt Rentals.

"Opifex is very proud to be the only MBE certified equipment rental company in Texas. Being a platinum sponsor for SMSDC allows Opifex to strategically use a network of well established business leaders in the community to continue to further the growth of all MBEs!" -
Stefan Gresham Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Opifex, LLC
Stephan Gresham
CEO, Opifex
Connor Navalta
COO, Opifex

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

Adalta Engineering Group, LLC - El Paso, TX
DASCH, A Joint Venture - Rio Rancho, NM
FASIC Design, LLC - Austin, TX
Fast Transfers, Inc - Eagle Pass, TX
Oklahoma Cleaning Associates, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK
Tijerina Galvan Lawrence, LLC - San Antonio, TX


API Enterprises, Inc.
Clowe & Cowan of El Paso LLC
Diversa LLC
ECM International, Inc.
Forma Automotive, LLC
Garza EMC, LLC
goERO International, LLC
Greenview, LLC
Horizone Construction, 1 Ltd
Human Capital International, LLC
International All Part Masters LLC
Ivy Rod, Inc.
Kupplin Worldwide, LLC.
LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
MagRabbit, Inc.
MD Choice Logistics LLC
Optech Gente, Inc.
Precision Tool & Die Mfg. Company
R&B Fleet Services LLC
Ragar Transportation, Ltd.
RMP Inc. dba RMP Temps, Inc.
RMP, Inc. dba R. M. Personnel, Inc.
Sistema Technologies, Inc.
SOAL Technologies, LLC.
Suarez Bros. Crane & Heavy Haul, LLC
TM Logistics LLC
TM Transportation Services LLC
Today's Roofing, Inc.
TUM Logistics
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 March:
Wednesday, March 4th
Wednesday, March 11th
Wednesday, March 18th
Wednesday, March 25th

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

Attention MBEs, don't miss out on opportunities to meet with SMSDC Corporate Partners and Purchasing Agents because of outdated information on your MBE profile. Contact information including outdated email addresses or phone numbers could cause your company to miss out on an opportunity.

When completing your RECERTIFICATION application please verify all contact information before submitting.

Opportunities are based on the information you provide in your MBE profile, so please be specific regarding the products and services you offer.

Want to add or delete a NAICS Code to your profile? Great! Let us assist you. Send an email to Certification Manager, Alana Ortega, @ alana@smsdc.org for more information.
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 .
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. 
2020 Premier Face Time Expo
& Golf Tournament
Register Now & SAVE!
Early bird registration is now open for EXPO, GOLF or
the All-Inclusive 3 Day Event Pass

EXPO ONLY - JUNE 10 & 11
$135 Certified MBE/Corporate Member
$200 Non MBE/Non Member

$145 Certified MBE/Corporate Member
$225 Non MBE/Non Member

All Inclusive Pass
$280 - MBE & Corporate Member
$400 - Non MBE & Non Member

*You must enter code  DISCOUNT50  when registering online to receive the Early Bird price*

Early bird ends May 1, 2020

June 10, 2020
Developmental Program: Benchmarking Plus & Capacity Plus
Opening Chairman's Reception

June 11, 2020
Buyers Breakfast Roundtable
Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Matchmaker Pavilion
Trade Show
Summation Reception

June 12, 2020
Golf Tournament
June 10-11, 2020
Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, TX 78205

June 12, 2020
La Cantera Golf Club, Palmer Course
17865 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78255
Heading Here
Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, TX 78205
$199 per night

Cut-off date for reservations is May 22, 2020.


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

April 2, 2020
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Antonio Regional Task Force Event
12223 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216

April 8, 2020
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Austin Regional Task Force Event
JE Dunn Construction
1601 S. Mopac Expy, Barton Skyway 2,Suite 450
Austin, TX 78746

June 10-11, 2020
Marriott Rivercenter,
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, 78205

June 12, 2020
PREMIER FACE TIME GOLF TOURNAMENT Palmer Course @ La Cantera Golf Club
17865 Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78255

July 29-30, 2020
ONE Gas, Inc, First Place Tower, 15 East 5 th St., Tulsa, OK 74103

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


April 2, 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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