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Fernando Martinez Advocates in Favor of I-1000 (4/23/2019) Posted in: Council News- Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the Northwest Mountain MSDC, testified in favor of I-1000 on April 18, 2019 in Olympia, WA. The measure would amend I-200 passed in 1998 by Washington state voters. Read Fernando's testimony here Watch the hearing here. ...
Special Announcement: Bobby Herrera Releases his First Book (3/29/2019) Posted in: Spotlight- Bobby Herrera, President of Populus Group, shares the release of his first book, The Gift of Struggle. In it, Bobby highlights the lessons from his Struggles that helped shape the Leader he is today. "Leadership Is About Sharing Your Gifts. Every struggle teaches us something. That’s the gift. That’s why I wrote this book. Each of my… ...
Tri-Council Minority Business Mega Summit (3/6/2019) Posted in: Council News, Development, Opportunities & Networking- The Tri-Council Minority Business Mega Summit, was a one-day business conference hosted in collaboration with the Western Regional Council and the Pacific Southwest Council. Together, council presidents Fernando Martinez, Cecil Plummer and Rainey Alben successfully hosted a full day of development, networking and connecting with MBEs and NMSDC Members from three regions on February 28,… ...
NWMMSDC 2018 Annual Meeting (12/20/2018) Posted in: Council News- Northwest Mountain MSDC closed off 2018 reporting back to its stakeholders on December 14, 2018 with a Mixed Reality Year End Meeting. The event was hosted in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and online. To access the full report, Click Here. ...
CITY OF PORTLAND Prime Contractor Development Program Annual Report 2017-2018 (12/7/2018) Posted in: Council News- The City of Portland released their Prime Contractor Development Program Annual Report for 2017 and 2018. To access the full report, please click here. ...
CONNXUS Announce Partner of the Year (12/5/2018) Posted in: Council News- Fernando Martinez, President & CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC Time and time again, our team has been inspired by hard working clients and stakeholders. We want to recognize them and celebrate their unique accomplishments. Together, we can achieve innovation and make a lasting impact. Starting this year, we’re thrilled to announce ConnXus has created a… ...
Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave (11/12/2018) Posted in: Opportunities & Networking- Are you aware of the Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave, authorized by the legislature in 2017? Premium collections by employers begin to process January 1, 2019. Employee wages and hours need to be tracked by employers to begin reporting April 1, 2019. Actual employee benefits will be available January 1, 2020. This applies… ...
NWMMSDC 40th Anniversary Breakfast Presentation (10/15/2018) Posted in: Council News- Northwest Mountain MSDC celebrated 40 Years of Developing Minority Businesses on October 10, 2018 at the Hilton in Bellevue. MBEs and Members were recognized for their support and involvement with the council. To access the presentation, Click Here.   ...
Best Practices – Effective Networking (10/11/2018) Posted in: Opportunities & Networking- This is a continuation of “How to Prepare for Effective Networking.” We polled some of our corporate members and MBEs on effective networking. They sent us some of the best practices, tips, and Dos and Don’ts of networking. When you get there: Be patient.  (Networking and establishing business relationships takes time). Come in with a… ...
Northwest Mountain MSDC Hits Four Decades of MBE Supply-Chain Inclusion (9/25/2018) Posted in: Council News, Development, Spotlight- September 25, 2018 Volume II 2018 By Genny Hom-Franzen Fernando Martinez believes corporations that have not embraced supplier diversity are missing the mark. “They are not creating value for their stakeholders / shareholders by continuing to take the easy way out and remaining status quo,” he said. “They are alienating the consumer market. The market… ...