April 2021
Issue No. 4
From your MBEIC Chair


I did it!! I made a decision to participate in the SMSDC’s first time event for 2017 MBE Idol. I could not have put my company out there and win if I did not, 

1. Participate 
 2. Believe in myself 
 3. Believe in my company/employees

SMSDC has put this yearly event together. As a certified MBE, it gives you an opportunity to compete and become the next MBE Idol of the year. If you have never stood in front of a crowd, fear sets in and growth takes you to a level of a new beginning as a business owner. Yes, we get to present ourselves in front of corporations and other MBE’s. Participating allows you to be evaluated on your service, your presentation, skills an experiences. This is an amazing opportunity to help you strengthen your presentation as you are scaling your business. Yes, you will go before one of the largest corporations Dell, as you make it to the finals. Dell has brought together a team of procurement staff who will listen, carefully evaluate your presentation while giving strategic pointers and share what they look for in MBE’s. 

Dell may not buy what you sell...Dell prepares you and helps you build your confidence to present yourself to other corporations and MBE’s. Remember MBE’s also have to run their business so they buy IT services, cleaning services, Paper supplies, computers, phones etc. 

Dell believes in MBE’s. If they do not purchase directly, they help open doors to introduce you to their Tier One suppliers. Dell gave me an amazing opportunity. Treco Services is a comprehensive janitorial, facility management and landscape service provider. I was able to put a proposal together for their custodial service with 1 of their Tier Ones. I was not award the contract but just by giving me the opportunity to be invited to the table helped to open the door to other opportunities. We are now providing vegetation management services, disinfecting of facilities, construction and facility maintenance in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and West Texas services areas for a NMSDC Corporate Member ONCOR 

Participating in the MBE Idol back in 2017 enabled me to grow my business. Please join us at our next SMSDC RTF meeting to learn more about how you can take advantage of this program and let the competition begin. 

  • How does being named 2017 MBE Idol of the Year add value to your SMSDC certification? 

The value-add is two-fold. First of all, I was able to showcase the investments I have made in becoming certified and involved with the SMSDC. The SMSDC certification by itself tells corporate America and other MBE’s my company has passed the stringent requirements of certification and I am thoroughly qualified to do business with them. The integrity aligned with SMSDC’s MBE Idol competition is growing. When this accomplishment is included on my capability statement, Treco Services is afforded the competitive advantage which helps my business continue to grow.

  • If anyone was still not sure about participating what words of encouragement/ advice would you give them?

I can only share with them what I feel in my heart. Believe in yourself and in the services your business provides. I was not sure I wanted to participate but to go forward was one of the greatest business decisions I made. In front of me was an opportunity to introduce myself and my company to not just one corporation or business, but to all of the attendee’s at SMSDC’s Premier Face Time EXPO. And it would cost me nothing but time as I completed my powerpoint presentation. After I incorporated the feedback given to me during the competition, my powerpoint presentation is now the greatest marketing tool in my business toolkit. With everything now being virtual, it can be sent out almost immediately to any company who is interested in doing business with me. We are all in business to grow and market our business but most of all ourselves.

Your MBEIC Chair,

Debbie Trevino
Treco Services

KUDDOS to Corporate Member
Applied Materials

Applied Materials Earns Intel’s 2020 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Materials, Inc. has earned the exclusive Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award with distinguished performance in supplier diversity for 2020. This award recognizes the absolute top performers in the Intel supply chain for their dedication to continuous improvement and their performance over the past year.

“Congratulations to Applied Materials on receiving Intel’s highest supplier recognition, the SCQI Award. As one of only seven in this elite group in 2020, they truly define world-class performance,” said Dr. Randhir Thakur, chief supply chain officer at Intel. “During a uniquely challenging year, they have earned the Intel SCQI program’s top award through their unwavering commitment to quality, their close partnership with Intel and their drive to improve continuously.”

The Intel SCQI Award recognizes the highest level of achievement in the Intel SCQI Program, a multiyear road map for continuous improvement for high-performing Intel suppliers. Of the thousands of Intel suppliers around the world, only a few hundred qualify to participate in the SCQI Program.

In 2020, only seven suppliers in the entire Intel supply chain earned an Intel SCQI Award, making them truly the best of the best.

To qualify for an Intel SCQI Award, suppliers must exceed the highest expectations, meet aggressive performance goals and score 95 percent or higher on performance assessments throughout the year. Suppliers must also meet 90 percent or more of their improvement plan and demonstrate outstanding quality and business systems.

By: Ricky Gradwohl (editorial/media) 408.235.4676 and Michael Sullivan (financial community) 408.986.7977
March 30, 2021
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Open for Business: A Diverse Supply Chain for a Resilient Semiconductor Industry

The pandemic has taught us that diversity in the supply chain is more critical than ever. We need to be reliant on all resources available to us and seize opportunities where we can. With 2021 coming in hot with chip shortages across the world, there is a race to increase production yields despite traditional supply chains tapping out from a capacity standpoint. Solutions to these technology and supply chain problems require all hands-on deck including the smartest people in the world wherever, whoever, and however they are. Unfortunately, a quick look at the semiconductor supply chain reveals that for whatever reason, too many diverse owned suppliers are nowhere to be found. So, what does this mean for the semiconductor industry? It’s as if we’re working with one hand tied behind our back. 

Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity is a strategy that drives the inclusion of diverse-owned businesses in the procurement of goods and services within an organization. Diverse groups vary globally in accordance with local laws but often include underrepresented groups such as women and local in-country minorities. Diverse companies are currently certified by being at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by diverse individuals. Supplier diversity does not include lowering bidding standards or awarding business based on diversity status. Diversity done right increases ideas and competition.

By diversifying the supply chain, we can expect to see an influx of innovation to improve our processes through competition. Diverse companies entering new markets bring unique perspectives and can often focus on R&D problems large multinationals overlook. Engaging in the semiconductor industry allows local businesses to learn from what already exists in the market and offer new ideas that were not considered before. Furthermore, local businesses have more flexibility to create custom solutions for the process.

New diverse suppliers also mean additional capacity to supplement the already taxed supply base. If your current suppliers are telling you they’re full, it might be time to branch out. Don’t assume that diverse suppliers are incapable of scale. There are many examples of multi-billion-dollar companies that are certified-diverse bringing world class scale, solutions, and capability to existing semiconductor supply chains. From one off prototyping to large scale manufacturing, diverse suppliers bring multiple skill sets. 

April 5, 2021
Source: Semi
TruFund Financial Services is still accepting loan applications for the first and second PPP. You can apply through TruFund for PPP using the link below. 

PPP Application Steps 
  1. Review and collect the PPP Required Documentation - Attached
  2. Calculate your max amountSch. C Filers – page 1 – 2 (you can use line 7 or line 31, please use the correct application). Sch. F Filers – page 3. Partnerships – page 3 – 4. Corporations– page 4 – 5. Nonprofits – page 6. FAQs – page 7 -8 
  3. Complete and sign the correct SBA application– Attached
  4. Complete and sign the 25% Forgiveness Obligation Acknowledgement Form, if a 2nd draw applicant only - Attached
  5. Upload all your documents via the TruFund PPP Application
PPP Next Steps
  1. Once received and reviewed, a TruFund representative will contact you for any corrections or missing information, if applicable
  2. Your representative will contact you once the application is approved or denied
  3. A TruFund representative will contact you to schedule closing if approved
Applications close on May 15th.
Please note that all applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and funds are limited. List of required documentation is attached.
*Documentation to support the claim of a 25% reduction is required with your application for loans over $150,000. It is recommended at the time of application for loans under $150,000. However, you may provide documentation when applying for forgiveness. If you cannot provide documentation to support the claim when applying for forgiveness, your loan will not be forgiven. 

PPP Contact: 
Sam Fuentes
Business Development Officer
Certified MBEs Doing Great Things!!!
Real Time Solutions
The state of New Mexico was able to accomplish what many other states had difficulty accomplishing. New Mexico Department of Health reached out to Certified MBE Real Time Solutions, Inc. located in Albuquerque, NM, to assist in launching the first in the nation statewide vaccine registration website. Since its inception, the vaccine registration website has grown to include the COVID-19 Vaccine Public Dashboard which consist of data such as the total doses administered, total registrants, federal data and much more. Real Time Solutions is extremely proud in helping the State of New Mexico and its constituents reach new levels of safety through technology.


MARCH 2021
Alexander Global - Laredo, TX
Big Elk Energy Systems, LLC - Tulsa, OK
Commonwealth Trading Company, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Fastract Land Service, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK
Intuitive Services Group, LLC - San Antonio, TX
MFAD Creative Group, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Pathway Services, Inc - Broken Arrow, OK
SeedX, Inc - Austin, TX
Singh Law, PLLC - Austin, TX
Zina Volt, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX

Forma, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Greengold Trading, LLC - Laredo, TX
Noble Texas Builders - La Feria, TX
QuestionPro - Austin, TX
Texas Carriers - Laredo, TX
Vendor Selection Solutions - Helotes, TX
Waypoint Government Solutions, LLC - Round Rock, TX

ATD Partners, LLC - Austin, TX
BBS Construction Services - Madill, OK
Buckley Patent Law, LLC - Austin, TX
DNA Real Estate, LLC - Austin, TX
Extreme Well Testing, LLC - Mission, TX
Inclusive Market Research Group, LLC - Benalillo, NM
Mindful Media, LLC - Austin, TX
Pride Automation Inc - San Antonio, TX
RRH-Austin, LLC - Austin, TX
The HABITS Group - Austin, TX


MARCH 2021

Abacus Computers Inc.
Alamo Analytical Laboratories, LTD
Appro, Inc.
Associated Building and Development Corp
B2B Transport Market LLC
Bluebonnet Chrysler Dodge LLC
Cameron Glass, Inc.
Champion Supply Company, LLC.
Chickasaw Energy Solutions, LLC
Dean Baldwin Painting, L.P.
Dorada Foods
Electro Systems Engineers, Inc.
Elevation Energy Group, LLC
Empire Roofing of Oklahoma, Inc.
G2 Construction Services, Inc.
goERO International, LLC
Gomez Floor Covering, Inc
Inclusive Logistics, LLC
International All Part Masters LLC
International Transportation Services, Inc.
J.O. Alvarez, Inc.
JN3 Global Enterprises LLC
Kahlig Enterprises, Inc.
Lopez Foods, Inc.
Medwheels Inc
Mobius Partners, Inc.
Munoz Trucking, Inc.
Newton Design, LLC
North Park Castroville Motors LLC
North Park Lincoln Mercury
Origen Technologies Inc
Ostos LLC
Pancho's Transportation Services, LLC
Precision Technology Inc
Pulselight LLC
R&B Fleet Services LLC
RF-IP, Inc.
Rose's Southwest Papers, Inc.
TM Transportation Services LLC
Treco Services, Inc
UIS International Services Corp
VU Acquisitions
VU Plastics
Waya Services L.L.C.

You must participate in the session prior to the Certification Committee reviews your application. 
All new MBE's must attend a Pre-Certification & Post-Certification session. The sessions will be held by conference call several times a month. Please make sure to attend one pre-certification & one post-certification session in order to complete the certification process. Please contact Alana Ortega, Certification Manager, at alana@smsdc.org to register.
The following are dates available for APRIL:
Wednesday, April 7th
Wednesday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 21st
Wednesday, April 28th

Trainings are available from 10am – 12pm CST on the dates listed above for the month of April. Training may take about 30 minutes however please allow additional time depending on your company structure and questions you may have.
Documentation for MBE Recertification

To complete the application log-in to your MBE Certification account and begin processing, carefully follow the instructions below:
  1. Update any information that has changed (ie; address, telephone numbers, email) this will also be a great time to add/delete NAICS code.
  2. Upload the Company's most recent and complete IRS tax return.
  3. Upload your signed and notarized Recertification Affidavit. (Found on the DOCUMENTATION section of your application)
  4. Once the form has been completed successfully, verify your data and submit payment.

Please note it is the MBEs responsibility to submit required documentation in a timely manner. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application and may cause your MBE Certification to expire.

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 512.694.0522 during regular business hours or send an e-mail to gabrielle@smsdc.org.
To obtain a copy of your MBE logo, please follow the steps below:
  • Login with email/password associated with your SMSDC Certification
  • You will see options such as applying for recertification or viewing/printing current certificate
  • To obtain logo select “NMSDC Logo Pack” from the bottom right-hand corner and press the download button
The MBE logo is available for use on your company’s marketing print and electronic material. The MBE logo will only be available for your use as long as your company has a current & active MBE certification.
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. 

MBE "Idol" Preliminaries
May 13, 2021
Do you think you have what it takes to be SMSDC’s 2021 MBE Idol of the Year?


What are the Eligibility Requirements?
Only SMSDC current certified MBEs and MBEs with a valid Subscription Service are eligible to participate. Your company must maintain a valid or current certification status throughout the competition schedule.

What is the process of the MBE "Idol" competition?
The MBE "Idol" pitch competition is a three-event process: preliminaries, semi-finals, and finals.
The finalists will participate in the final virtual competition hosted by Dell. The winner of MBE Idol 2021 will be invited to an exclusive virtual meeting with a Dell high-level executive; be featured along with your company in the SMSDC’s monthly e-newsletter and participate in an additional virtual speaking opportunity at SMSDC’s 2022 Stakeholder’s meeting.

*If you are not interested in competing for the 2021 MBE "Idol", you are still invited to register and join us as an attendee only. The event is open to all Certified MBEs, corporate members, and our community partners, however, only Certified MBEs are eligible to compete!

What is the MBE Idol 2021 Competition Schedule?

  • Monday May 10th 3:00p.m CST. Your Powerpoint presentation is due to carol@smsdc.org.
  • MBE IDOL 2021 COMPETITION: Thursday, May 13th 3-4:30p.m. CST. If you are selected to participate in the preliminaries, you must be available. You may also need to be available for run-throughs prior to the actual event.
  • Monday, June 7th – 3:00p.m. CST. Your Powerpoint presentation is due to carol@smsdc.org
  • MBE IDOL 2021 COMPETITION: Wednesday June 9th – (TIME TBD) If you are selected to go to the Semi-Finals, you must be available. You may also need to be available for run-throughs prior to the actual event.
  • Tuesday, August 17th – 3:00p.m. CST. Your Powerpoint presentation is due to carol@smsdc.org
  • MBE IDOL 2021 FINAL COMPETITION: Thursday, August 19th – (TIME TBD) If you are selected to go the finals, you must be available. You may also need to be available for run-throughs prior to the actual event.

Where do I find the application and what to include in my PowerPoint presentation?


If I have more questions, who do I contact?
Please contact carol@smsdc.org or call 512.796.5517.

Access to SMSDC's past virtual events, please click on the link below or visit www.smsdc.org, click on events and scroll to the bottom of the webpage.

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