August 2021
Issue No. 7
From your MBEIC Chair

On July 29, SMSDC held their first "New Frontier MBE Showcase" for 2021. During this zoom event, SMSDC certified MBEs presented their business virtually to the SMSDC community which includes Corporate Members, Certified MBEs, community partners and other peers that were interested in learning more about the business or were interested in either becoming a Corporate member, Certified MBE, or they were Corporate buyers looking for Certified MBEs to add to their supply chain. This was also an efficient opportunity in which ConocoPhillips, ONE Gas, OG&E Energy and Union Pacific Railroad presented their supplier diversity program, purchasing needs, and upcoming opportunities to get more involved. Thank you all to those who were able to join this event. 

Be sure to make it to the next virtual event that will be presented on August 19th, Thursday at 3-4pm. This event will be an opportunity to potentially connect MBEs with a variety of opportunities in several industries.

At the end of the meeting, MBE Idol participants are aware that they will not be offered a contract at the end of the competition but instead they will be granted the opportunity to meet one-on-one with senior level executive(s) within the NMSDC's Fortune 500 corporations. The winner will also be featured along with their company in the SMSDC's monthly e-newsletter and be able to participate in additional speaking opportunities in 2022. There will also be a virtual event on the same day which is going to include Members of the NMSDC presenting "Driving Diversity Into The Tiers", this will be an opportunity for certified and diverse companies to showcase their products and service by meeting with Tier 1 suppliers. 

Additional & informative virtual event opportunities will continue in 2021. I invite you to join me in the upcoming virtual events and hope you can make it! 

Upcoming virtual events: 
  • August 19th “SMSDC's MBE Idol Finals”Register Here Now
  • August 19th “Driving Diversity Into the Tiers” Opening Program @ 11 a.m. to Noon; Virtual Trade Show Noon to 4 p.m.Register Here Now
  • September 23rd “Diversity at the Border”Register Here Now
I look forward to virtually seeing you at each of these events. 
A quick reminder…
  • If you are interested in learning more about what it is to be a Corporate member or are looking to become a Corporate member you can visit , click on the tab that says "Become a Corporate Member" and view the tabs down below.
  • Now if you are interested in attending an upcoming virtual event and would like to be informed on what SMSDC will be presenting or you are interested in catching up on previous virtual events you can also go to, click on "Events" and the dates and description will be there. Hope to see you all at the next virtual event, Aug. 19th.

Your MBEIC Chair,

Debbie Trevino
Treco Services
NMSDC Appoints Ying McGuire as President and CEO
NMSDC appoints its first AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) woman and immigrant president
NEW YORK, NY | July 28, 2021 – On the cusp of its 50th anniversary and at a pivotal moment in the nation’s history, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), America’s most influential and successful minority business development organization, announced the appointment of Ying McGuire as the new President and CEO.

Ms. McGuire serves as NMSDC’s first Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) President and CEO, bringing over two successful decades of leadership experience across both for profit and non-profit sectors.

While at Dell Technology, Ms. McGuire drove the strategy and execution that nearly quintupled Dell’s diversity spend from $640M to $3B within three years. Subsequently, she joined an NMSDC Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Technology Integration Group, as an executive leader and took the company global.

Ms. McGuire has also delivered exceptional service in the civic sector as a non-profit leader, economic empowerment board member, and policy advisor to government agencies. In 2016, the United States Secretary of Commerce appointed Ms. McGuire to the United States Investment Advisory Council.

“I am humbled and delighted to take on the role of NMSDC President and CEO at a time of both challenges and great opportunities,” says Ying McGuire. “For nearly 50 years, NMSDC has been at the forefront of creating economic opportunities for all certified minority businesses. NMSDC is uniquely positioned to deliver on its mission to enable MBEs to grow, to achieve their full potential,” added McGuire.

The U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that nearly 20% of American businesses are minority-owned. Those firms generated nearly $1.4 trillion in annual revenue and provide employment to more than 51 million employees.

“As we navigate through the impact that COVID-19 has presented and address the challenges and opportunities, NMSDC is well positioned for its next chapter, a chapter of modernization and focus on supporting minority businesses to grow profitably. I am confident that Ms. McGuire’s track record of success, charismatic leadership, energy, and innovative mindset will position NMSDC to provide even greater opportunities for all Certified Minority Business Enterprises, while creating better value for our Corporate Members,” says Jose Turkienicz, NMSDC Chairman of the Board of Directors.

As surveys show, minorities were hit disproportionately harder. NMSDC offers its Minority Business Enterprise (MBEs) the gold-standard certification and delivers innovative services and support to those adversely affected, while offering a compelling vision for a prosperous future.

For additional information about NMSDC, log on to For interviews, please call 212- 944-2430. Follow NMSDC on LinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitter.

In MBE News....
Global digital transformation, MTech Partners, LLC announces the exclusive strategic partnership with MagRabbit, Inc., a woman owned and Asian American minority enterprise
Austin, Texas (August , 2020)

Headquartered in Austin Texas, Mtech Partners, LLC, an SMSDC MBE Certified African American owned and controlled enterprise and MagRabbit, Inc., announced a strategic joint venture partnership to provide Onshore, Europe, Nearshore and Offshore Digital Transformation Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing Solutions catering for Global US FT 500 companies.

An over 25 year relationship with the SMSDC, two certified NMSDC MBEs and two NMSDC of the Year MBEs have joined together to take advantage of the huge global digital transformation consulting opportunity for decades to come. This underscores the critical value add and benefit of MBEs doing business with other MBEs.

Mtech Partners LLC, an SMSDC certified MBE, has announced a strategic joint venture partnership with MagRabbit, Inc., a 30-year Vietnamese American woman-owned enterprise and a leading Global Digital transformation and business process outsourcing solutions provider. Together, Mtech Partners, LLC has 40 years of business experience.
The unique sales and marketing skills of MBNUSA team and MagRabbit Software Engineering skills of the two MBE companies provide a very strong position to provide best in class solutions for its clients in the US as well as Nearshore, Europe and Offshore locations.
With a large global pool of dedicated, disciplined, and highly trained information technology resources, MTech Partners is quickly becoming an impressive player in the Global Digital Transformation consulting services for all industries. partnership will assist organizations in every phase of their digital transformation and implementation, product development lifecycle, including development, testing, and maintenance. The partnership can also staff a global dedicated software engineering and back-office managed service team in many desired countries such as Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, and Taiwan.

“We are extremely excited about our partnership with MagRabbit Inc., I've known Tommy for 25 years. Tommy’s legacy includes being one of the founding members of the SMSDC, one of the first certified MBEs in 1996 as well as a SMSDC board member for 15 years! MagRabbit, a 30 year brand of high quality and excellent customer experience, is the only MBE with global Digital Transformation Services in the US, Europe, Nearshore and offshore. This was very attractive to us” said Don McKneely, Mtech Partners, LLC Chairman and CEO.
Mr. Tommy Hodinh, MagRabbit Inc. remarked, "I have been very impressed with MBNUSA’s innovative approach to solving its customer’s branding solution challenges, and we look forward to a strong partnership that will provide best in class solutions to our customers. We have been a good team and I am very sure we will be have a great partnership for our stakeholders too."

Contact Information:



JULY 2021
Apex Education, Inc - Albuquerque, NM
Beyond Engineering and Testing, LLC - Round Rock, TX
LR Global - San Antonio, TX
Mopping Man - San Antonio, TX
Osana Logistics Group, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Paulson Plumbing & Mechanical - Albuquerque, NM
Scoop and Score, LLC - Cedar Park, TX
Storefront Specialties and Glazing, LLC - Albuquerque, NM

JUNE 2021
All-Pro Insulation, LLC - Sutherland Springs, TX
Alterri Distribution Center - Laredo, TX
Cockrell Construction Inc - Temple, TX
El Pinto Foods, LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Four Winds Mechanical HTC/AC, Inc - Albuquerque, NM
Impulse Energy Consultants, LLC - Norman, OK
Otero Systems and Technologies - Oklahoma City, OK
TIA Facility Services, LLC - El Paso, TX
Ujamaa Lighting - Round Rock, TX
VRN Technologies - Cedar Park, TX

MAY 2021
GL Automotive, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Logistics Experts, LLC - Brownsville, TX
Maralex, LLC - Austin, TX
NavRadiance IT Repair - San Antonio, TX
Pedro S.S. Services, Inc - Austin, TX
Planet Plumbing - El Paso, TX
Unimex Trade & Logistics, LLC - Laredo, TX
Veterans Management Source, LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Xactly Corporation - Austin, TX

JULY 2021

5 Wards Group, LLC
Ancira Enterprises, Inc.
Avanzar Interior Products, LLC
Beltran's Printing, Inc
BEPC Incorporated
Bravo Sales Inc.
Cardinal Point, LLC
Cherokee Nation Industries, LLC.
Complete Tablet Solutions LLP, LLC
Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC
Duro Legacy HVAC Inc. dba CenTex Air
Gracen Engineering & Construction, Inc.
Gustavo Jimenez, Inc
House of Webster, Inc.
I Do Promos
InGenesis, Inc.
Innovative Gateway Talent, LLC
JAMCO International, Inc.
Labeltech, Inc.
Liza's Tovar Electric Corp
Mexico Trade Consulting, Inc.
Mirsa Manufacturing, LLC
Moondance, inc.
Night Eyes Protective Services Inc.
Nitro-Lift Fabrication LLC
Ohman Enterprise, LLC
Parrish Enterprises, Ltd.
Pedraza Customhouse Brokers, Inc.
Purchase Power Exchange, LLC
Rioplex Distributors
Robinson Innovations of Oklahoma LLC
I Insight Group LLC
Rose L. Brand & Associates, P.C.
Sandtex International Corporation
Service Express Oklahoma, LLC
Terrazzo USA and Associates Inc.
The Ross Group Construction Corp.
Ventus Logistics, LLC
Verde Logistics, LLC

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 to register.
The following are dates available for August:
Wednesday, August 4th
Wednesday, August 11th
Wednesday, August 18th
Wednesday, August 25th

Trainings are available from 10am – 12pm CST on the dates listed above for the month of August. Training may take about 30 minutes however please allow additional time depending on your company structure and questions you may have.
Southwest MSDC reserves the right to review applications for Compliance Review at any given time. The Certification Committee can recommend revocation of certification, for good cause, of any certified MBE at any time. SMSDC will determine under what circumstance a business or individual business owner can reapply, length of expulsion or be permanently banned.

The termination or revocation of certification of a business concern, for good cause may be necessary, under several circumstances.

Can include, but are not limited to:
  • The sale, exchange or transfer of ownership of the certified MBE;
  • Failure of the certified MBE to maintain its status as a bona fide MBE as defined in these guidelines;
  • Failure or refusal of the MBE to allow SMSDC representative access to /or the right to inspect the certified MBE’s place of business;
  • Cessation of business operations by the certified MBE;
  • Withholding notice from or failure to provide notice to SMSDC within (30) days of a loss in ownership or management or operational control by ethnic-minority group;
  • Failure to notify SMSDC of change in business
  • Submitting false or misleading information to Southwest MSDC
  • Failure to submit an application for renewal of certification along with the required documentation within the designated timeframe.

Any applicant whose application for certification or recertification is denied and such denial affirmed under the provisions above may after one year, reapply for certification.

A decision will be based upon the submission of information indicating a change in status or other circumstances that prevented certification or which caused a denial or termination of certification.
Alana Ortega, Certification Manager
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

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
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 or call 915.433.0612. 

MBE "Idol" FINALS Virtual Event
August 19, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Who will be named the next SMSDC MBE "Idol"?

Participate on August 19th to listen in, cheer on and support your fellow MBEs competing for the 2021 MBE "Idol". The virtual event is open to all Certified MBEs, Corporate Members and community partners! 
Be a part of SMSDC's 2021 MBE "Idol"!
Meet your SMSDC’s 2021 MBE Idol Final Contestants!

Judges for the MBE Idol Finals will include senior level executives from corporations. The 2021 MBE Idol of the Year WINNER will be virtually meeting with a senior level executive from within NMSDC's National & SMSDC's Local Corporate Members of their choice!

As part of our 4 pillars, this is a great way to CONNECT our MBEs with potential opportunities in all industries. MBE Idol participants understand they are not being offered a contract at the end of the competition. They are offered the opportunity to virtually meet one-on-one with a senior level executive from within NMSDC's National & SMSDC's Local Corporate Members. 
The winner will also be featured along with their company in the SMSDC’s monthly e-newsletter, various articles, and participate in additional speaking opportunities in 2022. 
Good luck to the MBE "Idol" Finalists:
Kara Elyse Henderson
Founder & Creative Director
Mindful Media
Phil Walker
Managing Partner
Career Partners International
Spiros Arnakis
Director of Global Markets -East, ZONES
Diversity at the Border Virtual Event
September 23, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

What is Diversity at the Border?
Diversity at the Border is a virtual event filled with informational workshops, networking and matchmaking opportunities. At this event you will be able to meet with SMSDC's corporate members, certified MBEs and community partners looking to do business with suppliers in the West Texas and New Mexico region.

Why Attend?
This is your opportunity to virtually meet & network with SMSDC's corporate members specifically looking for suppliers in the West Texas & New Mexico region.

Who will be in attendance?
All SMSDC Corporate Members, Certified MBEs and community partners have been invited to attend the complimentary event.

What is the cost and how do I register?
This is a complimentary event for all SMSDC Corporate Members, Certified MBEs and Community Partners. To register, click here now.

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

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