The Northwest Mountain MSDC Celebrates African-American MBEs

As we near the end of Black History Month, the Council is proud to spotlight our Certified African-American MBEs and their significant contributions to our region. We celebrate the accomplishments, dedication, and positive influence of African Americans in history, and acknowledge those who are currently making a difference in their communities and beyond.

The Council is thrilled to highlight 100 African American certified MBEs who are driving economic growth, fortifying our region, and uplifting their communities through their impact and dedication to empowering their employees and families.

Click here to explore a comprehensive list of African American Certified MBEs!

City of Seattle Chosen as 2024 Host City for the NMSDC Business Economic Forum


Contact Mayor’s Office: Karissa Braxton
Senior Communications Advisor 

Contact NMSDC: Jered Weber
Communications and Engagement Manager 

National Business Forum to bring 500 of the nation’s most influential policymakers, academics, business, and community leaders to downtown Seattle to advance efforts supporting Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBEs). 

Seattle—Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, NMSDC CEO and President Ying McGuire announced Seattle, Washington as the 2024 host city of the NMSDC Minority Business Economic Forum, May 14 – 16. Mayor Harrell, Zones CEO Firoz Lalji and ASRC Industrial CEO Steve Ennis will serve as co-chairs of this year’s conference along with University of Washington’s president Ana Marie Cauce as the official academic partner of this year’s forum.   

“Greater Seattle’s blend of cutting-edge tech and green initiatives, led by giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and pioneers like Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy, creates an unparalleled ecosystem. This synergy exemplifies the ideal environment our Forum seeks to leverage for MBEs, offering them unparalleled opportunities to engage with and benefit from emerging technologies and the green economy,” said NMSDC CEO and President Ying McGuire.  

Joined by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) President and CEO Karla Malacon, and Tanya Jimale, CEO of Jimale Technical Services, the mayor and NMSDC made the announcement from Jimale Technical Services, a local NMSDC-certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). The event will bring together 500 of the nation’s most influential corporate c-suite leaders, high growth minority business enterprise founders, policymakers, academics, business, and community leaders. Modeled after Davos’ World Economic Forum, leaders attending this event will focus on advancing supplier and business diversity and opportunities to eliminate the barriers preventing MBEs from fully engaging in the emerging markets and technologies of today and tomorrow. Seattle was chosen as the newest host city due to its pivotal role in technological and green economic innovation.  

“We are unapologetic in our efforts to advance a One Seattle vision for a city that is inclusive, equitable, and robust with opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes and industry sectors,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell. “From our Executive Order expanding contracting equity and access for WMBEs to launching the Liberty Project to help WMBEs grow their revenues—we are committed to fostering a business ecosystem that drives innovation, is home to emerging markets, and creates pathways for substantial economic growth for our WMBE communities. We are thrilled to be chosen as the next host city for the NMSDC Business Economic Forum.” 

The theme of this year’s conference is Be Next, Now and acknowledges that technologies like AI and clean energy are revolutionizing how we interact with the world. Under the theme Be Next, Now, attendees will focus on ways to better support WMBEs ability to explore, adapt, and take advantage of opportunities that already exist and will emerge in the economy as they grow and scale their businesses. Additionally, the programming will provide unique opportunities for business and academic leaders in the Seattle community to join national efforts with their peers from across the country.   

Founded in 1972, NMSDC is the longest-operating business growth engine for the broadest group of systematically excluded communities of color. Currently, NMSDC is working toward an audacious goal of $1 trillion in annual revenue for NMSDC-certified MBEs — businesses that are 51% owned and operated by individuals from the Black, Asian-India, Asian-Pacific, Hispanic, or Native American communities. Increasing the revenue of these MBEs is essential to creating a more resilient, inclusive economy in the region and across the country. 

Businesses and organizations interested in learning more about the 2024 Minority Business Economic Forum can contact NMSDC Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Program Lisa Morris at 

What People Are Saying

Jimale Technical Services CEO Tanya Jimale.

“NMSDC-certification and support from the City of Seattle has allowed my business to grow and thrive. That’s why I’m very excited this year’s Minority Business Economic Forum is coming to Seattle. Women and minority-owned businesses like Jimale Technical Services, the City of Seattle, NMSDC, and the Northwest Mountain MSDC — we all must all be accountable and come together like we are here today. We must commit to action for minority business growth.”

Northwest Mountain MSDC President and CEO Karla Malacon

“The economic impact of MBEs in Seattle, King County, and the state of Washington cannot be overstated. The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council supports 41 MBEs in Seattle alone, generating over $1.2 billion in annual revenues with a median of $1.4 million. These businesses collectively employ over 2,000 individuals, nearly half of whom are from minority backgrounds.”


MPearlRock Acquires Former NWMMSDC MBE nutpods

NEW YORK & SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MPearlRock announced the acquisition of nutpods, a leading brand in the better-for-you, non-dairy coffee creamer category. MPearlRock is a partnership between PearlRock Partners and MidOcean Partners, a premier New York-based alternative asset manager specializing in middle market private equity and alternative credit investments, specifically focused on identifying and backing high-growth, emerging consumer packaged goods (“CPG”) brands…

Read the full article courtesy of Business Wire here.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

As National Hispanic Heritage Month unfolds, we embrace the rich history and the impact of Hispanic culture that has made its presence felt in our region. This month isn’t just a time to commemorate traditions and heritage, but also an opportunity to recognize the incredible contributions of our Hispanic Minority Business Enterprises to our economy.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC takes pride in our certified Hispanic MBEs. Their dedication, innovation, and growth have not only driven their businesses but have also significantly improved the economic landscape. They are a driving force behind growth, job creation, and innovation in our communities. In 2022, our Hispanic MBEs generated nearly $1 billion in revenue, leading to new opportunities and the employment of millions of individuals across the Pacific Northwest Region. Their success not only inspire but also highlight the potential that diversity and inclusion bring to the marketplace.

Join us in celebrating these inspiring achievements during Hispanic Heritage Month, and explore a comprehensive list of Certified Hispanic MBEs within the region HERE.

27th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction

On Wednesday, August 23rd, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council celebrated the 27th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge in Redmond, WA. The event was a resounding success, uniting the community, MBEs, and Corporate and Public Agency Members in support of the MBE Scholarship fund!

Through your participation and powerful endeavors to bolster our MBEs’ educational journeys and enhance minority business growth, the Council raised an impressive $14,984.19. The overall funds raised truly signify the incredible dedication of our supporters, sponsors, members and partners.

Congratulations to this years tournament, contest, raffle and silent auction winners:

1st Place: The Trio Group Team: Jeff Quint hosting Erik Haag and Chris Goodman from Meadow Park Golf Course and Leon Titus from BCRE

2nd Place: Greater Pacific Industries Team: Ben Zhang, Travis Pozega, Mel Cutter and Carter Gray

3rd Place: Seattle Mariners Team: RJ Sanchez, Oliver Roy, Austin Benson and Jeff Higgins

Congratulations to our Straight Drive, Closest to the Pin, Long Drive, Mega Putt, and raffle winners:

Mel Cutter, Deepak Tak, Christina Millan and Anne Hidaka (x2)

Thank you to our annual sponsors and title event sponsor: T-Mobile, guest and auction contributors for making this a great event for everyone involved. Below you can view a gallery of photos from the event, captured by Mike Nakamura Photography.

Washington State Department of Transportation Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS

Headquarters – 310 Maple Park Avenue SE – Olympia, WA 98504-7314 – 360 705-7000



July, 2023


Contact: Nina Jones, Office of Equal Opportunity, 360-947-6788

Proposed interim overall triennium goal methodology for under-represented firms

WSDOT to host virtual public meetings and teleconferences July 25 and August 1


OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is proposing an interim overall triennium goal methodology, for disadvantaged business participation, on all federally funded projects and is accepting written comments on the proposals through Tuesday, August 15.

The proposed interim goal methodologies are available at:

Please note that the overall triennium goal set forth in this methodology, which remains 19%, will continue until the completion of our current disparity study estimated to be completed in Fall of 2023. The goal is for Federal Fiscal Years 2024-2026.

A new methodology will be drafted, vetted and WSDOT will revise the current triennium goal and once again allow opportunity for public comment.

The purpose of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program is to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals wanting to participate in federally assisted highway, transit, and aviation programs. To qualify as a DBE, a firm must be a for-profit business that is at least 51 percent owned by an individual or individuals who are women, part of a federally recognized racial minority group, or otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged. Qualifying firms must be certified by the Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises to participate in the DBE program.

WSDOT is inviting contractors, labor and trade organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses, and others interested in working with the agency to attend one of its upcoming informational meetings regarding the proposed goal methodology.

WSDOT has scheduled two public meetings to take comments, both from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 and Tuesday, August 1. These meetings will be held in person and via teleconference. Individuals interested in attending need to register in advance by emailing Nina Jones at

Details about how to participate will be provided upon registering.

Comments on the proposed interim methodology will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, and can be mailed to:


Nina Jones

Business Diversity and Inclusion Manager

WSDOT, Office of Equity and Civil Rights

P.O. Box 47314

Olympia, WA 98504-7314

Or submitted via email to:




WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. To learn more about what we’re doing, go to for pictures, videos, news, and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at or by dialing 511.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.


Title VI Statement to Public: It is WSDOT’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his or her Title VI protection has been violated may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity. For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator at 360-705-7090.



Press Release: Karla Malacon Appointed President & CEO




Contact: Jeffery Bartley, NWMMSDC

Phone: (253) 243-6959




Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Appoints Karla Malacon as President & CEO



Seattle, WA — The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Council) announced the appointment of the new President and CEO, Karla Malacon on June 7, 2023, at the Business Conference and Leadership & Advocacy Awards event.

Karla has worked for the Council since 2017 when she joined the team as the Manager of Certification and MBE Services before spending a couple of years as the Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing and Communications. Karla was promoted to Manager of Operations in 2020 before accepting the position as Vice President of Operations in 2022. Karla took on the Interim President and CEO role in February 2023. Karla is a Washington local and graduate of the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused in marketing and international business.

Her innovative approach and dedication to the Council’s mission to, “Foster an environment that develops equitable opportunities, creating economic value” make her the right person for this role. “The Council Board of Directors unanimously voted to name Karla Malacon as our President and CEO,” stated Angela Battle, Sellen Construction, Board Chair for the Northwest Mountain MSDC. “We were very pleased with her work during her interim over the past few months which made this decision very easy to make. Under Karla’s leadership, we are excited to see what the future holds for the Northwest Mountain region.”

Karla will continue to advance the Council’s supplier diversity efforts throughout the region, forging new connections, and driving progress for Minority Business Enterprises. Please join us in celebrating Karla’s promotion and the start of the Council’s next chapter of growth!




If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jeff Bartley, Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing and Communications at (253) 243-6964 or email

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.