King County Seeking Proposals for Anti-Racism & Strategic Planning Expertise

King County is seeking proposals for anti-racism facilitation and strategic planning expertise!

In collaboration and partnership with local leaders from communities most harmed by racism, King County is in the process of designing community oversight on our Racism is a Public Health Crisis priority. We are a group of people – community leaders, advocates, and King County government leaders – gathering on a common goal to face the truth that racism harms whole communities, whole counties, and the whole country. We gather on a common goal to disrupt and dismantle racism and replace it with something better and beautiful: to protect and promote the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous Peopleso that all People of Color and all communities across King County thrive.

We are seeking consultant services that center racial justice to facilitate and help develop a strategic direction with the group (or groups) who will take on the roles of engaging in community oversight.

The contract amount is for up to $200,000 for the described scope of work being delivered from January to December 2022. Proposals are due: November 16, 2021. The RFP abstract can be found on King County’s E-Procurement site

We will be holding informational sessions about this opportunity.  The first session will be held on Oct 20th at 1pm.  A second session will be held on Oct 21st at 1pm.  No registration is needed.

Important Note: To be able to access all documents associated with this and any solicitation issued by King County, and to be notified of future solicitations issued by King County, you must register in the new supplier portalRegister as a Supplier – King County.  Additional resources for registering in and using the E-procurement system can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/procurement.

For questions on this contract, please contact Gina.Keolker@kingcounty.gov.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

The Northwest Mountain MSDC proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. We honor the achievements, sacrifices, and contributions of Hispanic Americans throughout history, and recognize the individuals who continue to impact their communities and inspire others.

We are pleased to highlight the more than 70 Hispanic American owned certified MBEs who are making great contributions to the economic development and strength of our region and their communities, as well as impacting and empowering their employees and their families. Continue reading to explore MBEs in each industry and visit any business website.

Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Facilities and Maintenance

Datum Construction LLC

Meridian, Idaho

(208) 377-3099

Moonshine Commercial Cleaning Services

Idaho Falls, Idaho

(208) 313-4301

Columbia River Electric Maintenance Inc

Umatilla, Oregon

(541) 922-5192

Marvel Construction LLC

Beaverton, Oregon

(503) 602-9044

McRobert Motor Co

Gresham, Oregon

(503) 665-0101

Nexus Electrical Group LLC

Beaverton, Oregon

(503) 453-9179

The Harver Company

Wilsonville, Oregon

(503) 624-1453

C/K Aerospace, PLLC

Millcreek, Utah

(425) 417-3529

Ecobrite Services, LLC

Vineyard, Utah

(801) 857-2300

EnviroKleen L.L.C.

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 466-3254

Fix & Finish LLC

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 266-3361

Hennessy Construction Inc.

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 363-3717

M Squared Inc.

West Haven, Utah

(801) 633-1374

Property Condition Assessments, LLC

Kamas, Utah

(626) 685-9560

The Service Force Group LLC

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 990-2953

Electrical Surplus Distribution LLC

Monroe, Washington

(425) 419-4167

Havana Rosario LLC

Seattle, Washington

(206) 719-6247

Land Development Consultants, Inc.

Woodinville, Washington

(425) 806-1869

Lugo Inc.

Seattle, Washington

(206) 583-2333

Magellan Associates PLLC

Redmond, Washington

(425) 885-4300

Northwest Contract Services, Inc.

Auburn, Washington

(206) 686-0099

PAINTPROS LLC

Seattle, Washington

(206) 853-9612

Preferred Industrial Electric LLC.

Kennewick, Washington

(509) 439-1266

Randall Enterprises, Inc.

Aberdeen, Washington

(360) 537-9800

Salus Architecture Incorporated

Seattle, Washington

(206) 652-0722

 

Energy/Utilities

GreenerVolts, LLC 

Salt Lake City, Utah

(240) 357-2333

Magic Cleaning Corp 

Draper, Utah

(801) 916-8089

 

Food Industry

Brazilian Specialty Coffees, LLC 

Portland, Oregon

(503) 719-6605

Cerveza Zolupez Beer Company

Ogden, Utah

(801) 917-2319

Salsa Queen LLC 

West Valley City, Utah

(801) 307-8336

Sir Walter Candy Co. 

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 463-1541

Alvarez Farms  

Grandview, Washington

(509) 786-9198

Little Rae’s Bakery

Seattle, Washington

(206) 658-2167

Schutte Farms, Inc

Othello, Washington

(509) 488-3146

 

Logistics/Transportation

STAT MD 

Happy Valley, Oregon

(503) 328-9510

AGB Trucking LLC 

Othello, Washington

(509) 331-5363

VETrans, LLC 

Milton, Washington

(253) 833-4688

 

Professional Services

CXperts

Laguna Nigel, California

(949) 274-8872

OnCall Discovery 

Preston, Idaho        

(800) 242-7338

Bustos Media Holdings, LLC

Portland, Oregon

(503) 233-5280

TRI Corporation

Portland, Oregon

(503) 781-1500

Andinas 

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 355-3775

Thornhill Holdings, Inc.

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 949-1376

U.S. Translation Company 

Salt Lake City, Utah

(801) 456-8663

Audienz LLC      

Seattle, Washington

(800) 457-3335

Bullpen Consulting Group, Inc. 

Woodinville, Washington

(206) 650-9589

Con Cultura, LLC

Seattle, Washington

(240) 350-3115

Dynamic Language Center, Ltd 

Tukwila, Washington

(206) 244-6709

Elev8 Consulting

Seattle, Washington

(206) 886-3860

Filmateria Studios

Seattle, Washington

(206) 938-7691

Hinge, LLC

Newcastle, Washington

(206) 714-8008

L Z, Inc DBA Lasting Impressions 

Snoqualmie, Washington

(206) 427-8648

RafaBruno Enterprises, LLC

Algona, Washington

(253) 653-4645

Red Door Collaborative, LLC 

Bellevue, Washington

(719) 611-6141

Tamazari Inc 

Colville, Washington

(206) 697-1984

VIAR Visual Communications Inc.

Seattle, Washington

(206) 886-3860

Lynesca Ventures, LLC  

Sheridan, Wyoming

(307) 214-2317

 

Retail

Sunmark Seeds International Inc

Portland, Oregon

(503) 241-7333

American Paper Converting, Inc.

Woodland, Washington

(360) 225-0488

Mairos, Inc.

Redmond, Washington

(425) 869-7555

Memories Unlimited, Inc

Olympia, Washington

(360) 491-9819

Oat Mama LLC 

Seattle, Washington

(415) 513-6733

OI Forest Products, Inc 

Fall City, Washington

(425) 441-8088

ROSANTI INC. 

Bothell, Wasington

(800) 220-7183

Sustain One, LLC

Woodland, Washington

(360) 225-0488

 

Technology

ELYON International, Inc. 

Vancouver, Washington

(360) 696-5892

FMM Ventures LLC

Bellevue, Washington

(206) 456-5138 

Nomad Partner Group LLC

Woodinville, Washington

(206) 992-0884

Redapt, Inc.

Woodinville, Washington

(425) 605-7109

TripleNet Technologies, Inc. 

Seattle, Washington

(206) 354-5648

FinTrust Search Group LLC

Sheridan, Wyoming

(786) 506-5857

25th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Wrap Up

On September 2nd the Council celebrated a quarter century supporting continuing education for MBEs at the Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction. This also marked the first live event held since December 2019! The event raised $13,246 for the scholarship fund! 

Congratulations to all our tournament, auction and raffle winners including:

1st Place: Team PromoShop
2nd Place: Team Greater Pacific Industries
3rd Place: Team Trio Group

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, auction contributors and guests! Photos from the event are available to view below (click to enlarge).

How to Know if it’s Time to Throw Away Your Business Plan and Start From Scratch

Ricardo Ibarra of Trio Group discusses how to evaluate if your strategic business plan is working for you.

Summary

  • “A well-written business plan is a strategic exercise in understanding the people your business seeks to serve. And the work you do to gain more insight and knowledge about your ideal client will serve as beacon to guide you as you grow your business.”
  • Not sure if your business is on track to reach your goals? In this video, learn the five components of an effective business plan and how to evaluate your business plan to see if it is working.
  • “Most business owners create a solution or an offer and expect everything to come up roses. A clear understanding of your ideal clients, the market in which you operate, and the money required to develop, create, and produce your solution are all important considerations if you want to ensure your business has long term success.”
  • Schedule time this week to evaluate the strategic value of your business plan based on these five areas.
  • Watch the video to get the full training.
  • Did you identify areas to improve your business? Download the FREE Small & Minority Business Checkup for the 10 questions you must ask to help you get your business back on track and thriving.

About the TAS Program

The City of Seattle and Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) have partnered in the development and launch of the City of Seattle’s Technical Assistance Services program. This program is designed to support small businesses in the development of their capabilities thereby making them more competitive.

This program is sponsored by the City of Seattle and hosted by the Northwest Mountain MSDC. For more information, visit the TAS webpage.

About the Presenter

Ricardo Ibarra combines over 15 years of marketing and business experience to help small and minority-owned businesses thrive in today’s digital economy. Combining his signature energetic style with the latest marketing strategies, Ricardo has helped dozens of small and disadvantaged business enterprises reach new clients, launch new products, and gain a sense of confidence as they grow their business.

3 Ways Your Business Plan Can Help You Make More Money (Without Going Crazy)

Ricardo Ibarra of Trio Group discusses how a well-crafted business plan can take your small business to new heights.

Summary

· “Without an effective business plan, your business is like a ship leaving the harbor without a map. It’s easy to get thrown off course by the currents of busy work or distracted by islands in the sea and their promise of riches.”

· Ready to grow your business? In this video, learn why it’s important to use your business plan instead of forgetting it on a shelf.

· “‘Shiny object syndrome’ affects business owners more than most. The key is to evaluate those business opportunities through the lens of your business plan and the strategic direction it sets.”

· Start now to refresh or write your business plan so you have a strategic guide to growing and scaling your business.

· Watch the video to get the full training. · Not sure how to fix your business? Download the FREE Small & Minority Business Checkup for the 10 questions you must ask to help you get your business back on track and thriving.

Video Transcript 

Many small business owners think of their business plan as something they only need when applying for a bank loan. Those same business owners are missing out on an incredible opportunity for growth. That’s because your business plan is the roadmap for your business success.

Without an effective business plan, your business is like a ship leaving the harbor without a map. It’s easy to get thrown off course by the currents of busy work or distracted by islands in the sea and their promise of riches. What the most successful small business operators know is that by sticking to their well-crafted business plan and executing only the mission-critical activities, they can grow and scale without all the headache and overwhelm that comes from winging it. Plus, if you’re like me and are a business leader who didn’t go to business school, chances are you’re learning as you’re leading. Take a moment to congratulate yourself for all the success you’ve enjoyed up to this point. Let’s agree that operating a business is tough work and the fact that you’re here demonstrates your commitment to being a great business operator for your clients, your employees, and of course the people who depend on you.

Even for the folks who do have business degrees or formal training, operating a business is always a learning experience because the real world is a lot messier and has far more twists and turns than any textbook or course. No matter where you are on your business journey or what your level of expertise, your business plan is the first step in taking your business to the next level. Now that you understand how important it is to have and reference your business plan, let’s dive into the three ways your business plan can help you make more money without going crazy.

Number one. Your business plan eliminates the guesswork of day-to-day operations. That’s because at its core a business plan is a strategic document that outlines the direction of your company. The very act of writing a business plan forces you to say yes to some things and no to others.

When my principals at Trio Group and I made the decision to focus on serving only two core audiences, public agencies and disadvantaged small businesses, our business took off! That’s because before, we weren’t really known for anything. We were Jacks and Jills of all trades, but because we were trying to be helpful to everyone, we never stood out. Now that we’ve narrowed the focus of who we serve to just public agencies and small disadvantaged businesses, we’re known for that. People immediately understand how we can help them solve their problems.

Here’s how this looks in action. Take some time to review your business plan and create a “yes and no list.” Does your business plan clearly outline the people, opportunities, markets, and products or services you are saying “YES” to? Does it also outline who and what you are saying “NO” to?

For those of you who may not have a business plan right now, or your plan is too old to be helpful, don’t worry. I’ve created a free business checkup tool to help you evaluate the strength and effectiveness of your business. You can download it free by clicking the link below.

Number two. Your business plan helps you identify partnerships and supporters to boost your business growth. As your business grows and you meet new people, you’ll be presented with lots of opportunities. This can be a blessing or a curse. Have you ever said yes to an opportunity only to realize it wasn’t as lucrative as you had hoped? Or, did you chase the new opportunity at the expense of becoming masterful at your own core offering? “Shiny object syndrome” affects business owners more than most. The key is to evaluate those business opportunities through the lens of your business plan and the strategic direction it sets. I recently had the pleasure of working with a small business owner who was in the IT staffing space. His company’s expertise is in Microsoft Azure and related cloud computing. Because of his network and success, he was approached by another firm who asked if he could provide staffing services for administrative support. After careful consideration, this small business owner chose to turn down the opportunity because he wants his company to be known as the Pacific Northwest’s best IT staffing firm. Without the clarity of who his business serves, he would have said yes to the opportunity and simultaneously taken his attention away from his core value proposition.

On the other hand, well-formed partnerships can dramatically grow your business by exposing your offering to new customers, a new geographic area, or greatly reduce the costs of doing business. Here are three ways to evaluate potential partnership opportunities:

The first is internal alignment. Why are you pursuing this opportunity? What is the need or desire behind seeking the partnership? The second is strategic alignment. What are the goals, objectives, and ideal outcomes for the partnership? The final is the partnership structure. Who manages, what does each partner contribute, and how do the partners benefit? The third way your business plan can help you make more money is understanding your business finances and what to watch. I know that money isn’t most peoples’ favorite topic but it’s a key component of your business plan. By going through the exercise of identifying your financial goals and writing your budget, you’ll be better prepared to run a successful business than most other small business owners. That’s because many operators would rather avoid the sticky subject of money than approach it with a calm, rational plan. Plus, a business plan can help you prepare for your business growth and point out hidden areas where your business may be costing you.

So there you have it. Three ways your business plan can help your business grow without feeling overwhelmed. Your business plan should be a living, breathing document that guides your day to day operations, help you identify partnerships and supporters, and paint a clear and compelling financial future for your business. If you’ve recognized that you need to boost your business with a more effective plan, be sure to check out the free Small & Minority Business Checkup tool, available at the link.

About the TAS Program

The City of Seattle and Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) have partnered in the development and launch of the City of Seattle’s Technical Assistance Services program. This program is designed to support small businesses in the development of their capabilities thereby making them more competitive.

This program is sponsored by the City of Seattle and hosted by the Northwest Mountain MSDC. For more information, visit the TAS webpage.

About the Presenter

Ricardo Ibarra combines over 15 years of marketing and business experience to help small and minority-owned businesses thrive in today’s digital economy. Combining his signature energetic style with the latest marketing strategies, Ricardo has helped dozens of small and disadvantaged business enterprises reach new clients, launch new products, and gain a sense of confidence as they grow their business.

Reminders of Lessons from 2020 in the face of Delta Variant Surges

Dear Members & MBEs,
Earlier this year we hosted several Town Hall Meetings to learn and understand what we did and did not do to protect ourselves against COVID-19. With the new COVID-19 Delta Variant, we see a high risk of our economy weakening once again. Attached are a couple of slides highlighting Critical Success and Critical Failure Factors to remind us of what helped us get through, and what incapacitated us during the health & economic crisis. We are sending you these slides as a reminder to prepare for this uncertain risk.
Sincerely,
Fernando Martinez
President and Chief Executive Officer

News Release: Two New Members Join Northwest Mountain MSDC Board of Directors

Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council | August 5, 2021

Tukwila WA | The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council announced today the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Richard Cardone of Vulcan Inc. and Richard Chacon of MUFG, Union Bank both assumed their roles on August 1. There are now 11 members on the Board of Directors.

“We are excited to have both Richard and Richard join our Board of Directors.  Their commitment to Supplier Diversity and expansive experience in Corporate America adds strength to an already strong Board” said Fernando Martinez, Northwest Mountain MSDC President & CEO. “The strength of our Board continues to grow and position the Northwest Mountain MSDC as regional leader in minority business development and growth.”

Richard Chacon is rejoining the Board of Directors after serving the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in other regions of the country.  Mr. Chacon brought MUFG, Union Bank to the Council as a Corporate Member in 2008.  He has been with MUFG Union bank for 23 years and brings a wealth of experience in Supplier Diversity Development, External Affairs and Community Development.

“I’m honored to be a member of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors” says Chacon. “Union Bank is a longtime supporter of the Council.  We strengthen our commitment to the Pacific Northwest supplier community through my direct involvement on the Board.”

Richard Cardone brought Vulcan, Inc. into the Council as a Corporate Member last November and has been active with the Council since then. Mr. Cardone has over 25 years of global business experience in information systems, accounting, financial reporting, tax, operations, cash disbursements, supply-chain, and inventory management. Prior to joining Vulcan Inc. he worked with Starbucks, Amazon, and AT&T.

“Over the past year, my participation with the NWMMSDC has been a pivotal career experience that has brought me into the work of MBE development” says Cardone. “Awareness through NWMMSDC has helped me improve the way I do business in thought, word, and deed.  Diverse people coming together make a difference in making the world a better place.  I am honored to be accepted as a board member and look forward to taking up my role with the utmost gusto!”

About the Northwest Mountain MSDC

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) is a nonprofit organization certifying, developing, and connecting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with major corporations and public agencies. They are an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) providing certification, membership and subscription services to the Pacific Northwest Mountain region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

NMSDC Appoints Ying McGuire as President and CEO

Press Release from the desk of Jose Turkienicz, Chairman, NMSDC Board of Directors

July 29th 2021

It is a pivotal moment in the history of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), as the Board of Directors announces the appointment of Ying McGuire as its new Chief Executive Officer and President.

As NMSDC approaches its half-century milestone, our mission to advance business opportunities for certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and connecting them to our Corporate Members remain as relevant as ever.

“With the appointment of Ms. McGuire, NMSDC is welcoming a dynamic individual and thought leader with passion, energy, and the track record of success to help elevate NMSDC to new levels of excellence,” says Jose Turkienicz, NMSDC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are confident Ying will be a great leader as we continue to advance our strategy to enable MBEs to grow. She is the right person to lead the organization through its next chapter. NMSDC could not be in better hands,” added Turkienicz.

“I am honored and energized by the opportunity to lead such a great organization in the midst of fundamental focus to enable Certified Minority Businesses to achieve their full potential,” says Ying McGuire. “I am humbled and grateful to the opportunity to work on my life’s passion: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I am looking forward in partnering with all stakeholders to enable our Certified MBEs to grow and to create value to our Corporate Members,” added McGuire.

The NMSDC CEO and President Search Committee executed a comprehensive, rigorous and thoughtful selection process to hire the right leader for the organization. The six-member committee included our Board’s Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary, in addition to the CEO of one of our Certified MBEs, and one of our affiliate’s President. The Committee partnered with Korn Ferry interviewing several well-qualified and highly talented individuals and selected Ying McGuire to be NMSDC next CEO and President.

Ms. McGuire brings over two decades of leadership experience to this position. As Dell Technology’s global supplier diversity leader, her team nearly quintupled diversity spend from $640M to $3B within three years. Subsequently, she joined an MBE and NMSDC Corporate Plus Member, Technology Integration Group, as an executive leader, and took the company globally.

Within the NMSDC network, Ms. McGuire has served as an NMSDC Corporate Member and a Certified MBE. In addition, she was involved with regional councils, and her peers elected her Board Chair of the SMSDC, and a board member of SCMSDC. As a member of The NMSDC International Committee, she played a crucial role in NMSDC’s global expansion, where she mentored MBEs for global expansion.

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.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Ying McGuire has our support and confidence as NMSDC’s new CEO and President. We welcome her and look forward to a new era of growth and development for our Certified MBEs.

Best regards,

Jose Turkienicz

Chairman of the Board, NMSDC

Small Business Flex Fund for Washington Businesses

On June 30th the Small Business Flex Fund was launched as a joint project between the Washington State Department of Commerce, Heritage Bank, and WaFd Bank. The Fund helps small businesses and nonprofits access the financial support they need to thrive by providing flexible working capital loans

Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $150,000 and the money can be spent flexibly, including on payroll, utilities & rent, supplies, marketing & advertising, building improvements or repairs, and other business expenses. Interest rates are 3% – 4.5%, with no fees & interest-only payments for the first year. Loan terms of 60 month and 72 months available.

The qualifications to apply are:
  • Business headquartered in Washington
  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Annual revenues of less than $3 million
  • Experienced direct economic hardship due to COVID-19
To learn more and apply today, visit smallbusinessflexfund.org and review the program brochure here.

WA Department of Commerce ScaleUp Business Trainings

Courtesy reposting from the Washington State Department of Commerce:

Three new sessions of ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition free business trainings scheduled

More than 350 growth-oriented small businesses helped during pandemic

OLYMPIA, WA – “ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition,” an education and training partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council, has scheduled three new eight-week course tracks for small businesses interested in achieving exponential growth as the economy reopens.

Each interactive course is two hours long and held once a week for eight weeks. The ideal participant is a business owner or president who has operated a business for at least two years and had pre-COVID annual gross revenue in excess of $100,000. The course, which ordinarily costs $1,599, is free to qualifying businesses, thanks in part to a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The program is based on the Thurston Center for Business Innovation’s ScaleUp program, which uses the proven Kauffman Foundation’s Fast Trac® Growth Venture coursework as its foundation. To date, more than 350 businesses throughout the state have benefited from the program.

Participants in the ScaleUp coursework will learn how to strengthen their strategic decision-making, create new operational efficiencies, explore new markets and improve the bottom line. Topics include creating efficient business systems, improving product/service alignment, creating a stronger competitive advantage in the marketplace, understanding financial statements and key business drivers, increasing sales leads and improving the sales funnel. A special “study hall” provides additional opportunities for private mentoring and coaching.

“Support for small businesses is a key building block for strengthening communities as we enter a post-pandemic world,” said Lisa Brown, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition offers participants mastery of essential skills that will help them grow and take advantage of opportunities as Washington’s economy fully reopens.”

Interested businesses can choose from three different tracks at http://MyStartup365.com/programs/scaleup. Class size is limited to allow significant time for questions and group interaction.

Session #6 Wednesdays: July 7 – Sept. 1, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Session #7 Thursdays: July 8 – Sept. 2, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Session #8 Thursdays: July 8 – Sept. 2, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

There is no cost to qualifying businesses. For more information, contact James Davis, jdavis@thurstonedc.com, or (360) 464-6051.