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Council Announcement: A letter to our Manager of Operations

It was January of 2007 when I walked into the Council’s office for the first time. This was the first time I met Mayra as she greeted me with a warm smile and “Hello.” Since then, Mayra and I have been working side-by-side developing, building, and growing the Council.

Mayra began her career as a contract receptionist in 2006. Little did she know she was brought onto the team right before a holiday so that everyone else could take a long weekend off. Mayra was working solo by her third day, and was later hired full-time that fall.  In 2008, Mayra assumed the Certification Manager’s position and began mastering the process.  Mayra learned events management with a “can do” attitude.  Mayra moved on to take on a new challenge in 2013 as the Manager of Operations.  She has managed all back office operations, accounting, events, records management, etc.  One of her main duties was to become our Human Resources subject matter expert.  Mayra took courses, attended seminars, and received several certifications.  She has been invaluable in this role.  She accomplished all of this while raising her family.

While managing her job as Manager of Operations and taking care of her family, she attended the University of WA at night, studied during her lunch hour and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree two years later.  This was no easy feat, but she did it! Mayra has accomplished many things without sacrificing her commitment to the Council or her family.  Her smile has not waned one bit through all of this.

Recently, in light of both the economic and health pandemic, it has challenged everyone with varying levels of difficulty.  Mayra has elected not to allow this pandemic to dictate whether her children receive an excellent education.  She leaves the Council to become their teacher and insure her children grow, flourish, and succeed in life. We are proud of Mayra for taking the most difficult step in her life – to protect her children today and secure a safe journey into the future.

Mayra we will miss you tremendously, but know you are doing the right thing for the right reasons!  Best wishes and keep smiling!

Fernando Martinez
President and CEO
Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

A Look Over the Years

 

New study reveals minority-owned suppliers show greater financial stability, resiliency than non-minority owned businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Lisa Johnson
ljohnson@rebirthanalytics.com
425-766-8736

New study reveals minority-owned suppliers show greater financial stability, resiliency than non-minority owned businesses

 SEATTLE, Wash. – August 19, 2020 – Minority suppliers are in a healthier financial position and are more resilient than their non-minority supplier counterparts, according to a new predictive analytic modeling study conducted by Rebirth Analytics and the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMMSDC).

An analysis of over 300 privately held minority suppliers across seven states representing over $8.1 billion in gross revenue revealed that minority suppliers are outperforming both their publicly-traded and privately-held counterparts. The study, which compared private companies to their industry peers leveraging financial information from corporate balance sheets and financial statements, focused on 12 industries, including manufacturing, technology, mining, professional and scientific services, among others. NWMMSDC defines minority suppliers as companies owned, operated, and controlled by at least 51% Asian, Black, Hispanic, or Native Americans.

“Financial Health metrics are the best indicators of how a supplier will perform through disruptive market events, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and our study reveals that minority-owned businesses are displaying extremely high levels of resiliency through the crisis, and should emerge in a stable position post-crisis,” said Chonchol Gupta, CEO of Rebirth Analytics.

The context of the study’s findings is also relevant to government agencies, which have reported an under-representation of minority companies accessing the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

“Minority suppliers account for $14.6 billion in economic output, 90,352 jobs, and over 47,000 ethnic minority jobs, but 4.9 out of 10 minority suppliers who applied for PPP loans were denied,” said Fernando Martinez, president and CEO of NWMMSDC.

Despite the perception that minority suppliers are unstable through changing economic conditions, the findings offer a stark reminder that minority businesses are operating with resiliency and can continue to be relied upon by the large enterprises they service.

“In terms of revenue growth, minority suppliers in 10 out of the 12 industries we analyzed outperformed their non-minority privately-held peers, as well as their publicly-traded peers in three sectors – manufacturing, construction, and technology,” said Gupta.

“Increasing year-over-year revenue growth indicates that the minority suppliers are picking up more contracts and playing a more significant role in the companies they service, which in the Northwest include corporations such as Boeing, Costco, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks, and T-Mobile,” said Martinez.

Rebirth Analytics and NWMMSDC are enthusiastic about the initial findings and have commissioned additional analysis to layer other elements such as credit scoring, access to capital, and large enterprise employment of minority suppliers into the study. For more information and to obtain a copy of the initial findings, contact info@rebirthanalytics.com.

About Rebirth Analytics

Founded in 2018, Rebirth Analytics provides evidence-based protection and visibility into an organization’s supply chain risks. We do this by aggregating data across six different risk categories and deploying the results to decision-makers almost instantly. Our integrated platform incorporates proprietary AI, enterprise-to-supplier specific views and externally validated data to provide users clarity on where risk may lie. Through our partnerships with Microsoft, IBM, and ESRI we deliver a single solution package that benefits a wide variety of sectors including manufacturing, retail, finance, insurance, hospitality, nonprofits and more. With customers throughout the world, Rebirth Analytics is a private company with offices in the U.S. and UK. Visit rebirthanalytics.com for more information or follow us at LinkedIn or Twitter.

About the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is a nonprofit organization certifying, developing, and connecting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with major corporations and public agencies. NWMMSDC is 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.

Northwest Mountain MSDC Announces 2020 Virtual Events

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council has released the new dates for their 2020 premier events. Considering the global, national, and local health risks posed by the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Northwest Mountain MSDC’s responsibility is, first and foremost, to support its Council Members, MBEs, and Community Partners. The Council has spent a significant amount of time thoughtfully assessing the current situation and have decided to go virtual for all 2020 events. Don’t forget to save the following dates:

Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction: September 3, 2020

Leadership & Advocacy Awards: October 1, 2020

Business Conference 3 Part Event: October 8, 2020; November 12, 2020; December 10, 2020

More information, including how to register for these events, will be available soon.

About the Council
Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities. As an affiliate of the National MSDC, the Council certifies minority owned businesses and provides access to supplier development, supply chain inclusion, networking events and formal introductions. The Council serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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Opinion | John Lewis | Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

By Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.


John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.

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City of Seattle Interdepartmental Meeting – TAS Updates

Fernando Martinez, President and CEO, and Zavere Weeks, Program Assistant of the Northwest Mountain MSDC met with the City of Seattle to discuss the Technical Assistance Program. Please find the presentation linked below.

City of Seattle Interdepartmental Meeting

Interested in joining TAS program? Contact Zavere Weeks at: (253) 243-6964 or email: TAS@nwmmsdc.org