2022 Leadership & Advocacy Awards

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE FOR 2021

The Northwest Mountain MSDC recognizes excellence in performance annually. On April 14th, we celebrated outstanding corporate and individual supplier diversity leadership and advocacy achievements in 2021, a year in which individuals and corporations exemplified Resurging Partnerships.

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

Advocacy Awards:
Presented to individuals who exemplify an unselfish commitment to Minority Business Enterprise Development.

John A. Gilmore Award:
Shahzad Qadri, Wong Fleming Attorneys at Law
Robert L. Ryan Award:
Josh Canady, Microsoft Corporation
Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award:
Michael Verchot, University of Washington Foster School of Business
Leadership Awards: 
Presented to Minority Business Enterprises that deliver excellence in performance and value to private or public sector customers.
Class 1 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues up to $1M dollars:
Class 2 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues between $1M – $10M dollars:
Class 3 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues between $10M – $50M dollars:
Class 4 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues above $50M:
Leadership Awards: 
Presented to the Public Agency and Private Sector Corporations that commit and live the practice of Minority Business Enterprise inclusion.
Public Agency of the Year:
Regional Corporation of the Year:
National Corporation of the Year:
Partnership Award:
Presidents Award
Edelmira “Abby” Martinez
To view the presentation, click here: 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Awards Presentation

To view the photos provided by Mike Nakamura Photography, click here: 2022 Leadership & Awards Advocacy Photos

 

 

Port of Seattle Seeking Proposals for Catering Services for the Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center

The Port of Seattle is seeking to engage a  Contractor who will have the exclusive rights to provide food and beverage services to The Conference Center at SeaTac Airport. The majority of catering services ordered will consist of coffee service, breakfast buffets, AM & PM breaks, and lunch buffets for business meetings. However, the Conference Center may also host dinners and special events throughout the year. The selected Contractor shall have the experience and capability to provide a variety of catering options, including, but not limited to, buffets and plated meals. Menus shall specifically include options for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten free diets.

The Contractor shall provide catering services with staffing seven days a week for meetings and events held between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM; and occasionally other hours as scheduled. The Contractor shall have the capability to provide services for several concurrent meetings a day and provide for the occasional day-of or pop-up meetings; add on catering orders in a timely manner. Some days there are four or more meetings that require catering services at the same time, other days, there may be one or no meetings that require catering service/s.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: 04/13/2022 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Click here for RFP Abstract and more info.

Council Hosts 2021 Year End Meeting

On Thursday, December 9th, the Northwest Mountain MSDC hosted its annual Year End Meeting for Members, MBEs and partners. The event was hosted in hybrid form, with attendees in person at the DoubleTree Suites in Tukwila and others joining from around the region online. We are grateful for the opportunity to safely meet in person and also allow participants to join from wherever was most convenient to them.

The event consisted of networking and breakfast, followed by a presentation of the Council’s 2021 accomplishments and 2022 plans by President & CEO Fernando Martinez. The audience participated in a question & answer sessions following the presentation that initiated much interesting conversation.

We thank all those who joined us for the final event of the year! For those that missed it or would like to review, a recording of the presentation is available to watch on our YouTube channel below, as is a copy of the presentation slide deck.

Stay tuned for photos from this event!

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Celebrating Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month

The Northwest Mountain MSDC proudly celebrates Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month in November. We honor the cultures, achievements, and contributions of Native Americans & Alaska Natives throughout history, and recognize the individuals who continue to impact their communities and inspire others.

We are pleased to highlight the more than 90 Native 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 view MBEs in each industry and visit any business website.

Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Facilities and Maintenance

ADM Construction Group Inc.

(253) 691-0555

Apollo, Inc. 

(509) 586-1104

Apollo Mechanical Contractors 

(509) 586-1104

Arctic Testing & Inspection Inc.

(281) 456-8300

ASRC Consulting & Environmental Services, LLC

(907) 339-6200

Brad Cole Construction Company, Incorporated

(770) 834-4681

CBC BevCo

(435) 867-0604

Chugach Alaska Services, LLC

(907) 563-8866

Cougar Den, Inc.

(509) 874-2181

D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc.

(510) 215-5253

D2 (Squared) Industrial Services, LLC

(541) 664-3010

Decorating and Coating Applications, LLC

(770) 451-6433

Environmental Quality Management, Inc.

(513) 825-7500

EQM Services, LLC

(513) 825-7500

F.D. Thomas, Inc.

(541) 664-3010

FDT Structural Specialties, LLC

(415) 242-1164

FDT Water Infrastructure, LLC

(541) 664-3010

Gana-A’Yoo Services Corporation

(907) 569-9599

Glacier Electric Construction, Inc.

(907) 398-0116

Heide & Cook

(907) 677-5252

Herman Construction Group, Inc.

(858) 277-7100

Highmark Concrete Contractors, LLC

(360) 829-5189

Hudspeth & Associates, Inc

(303) 791-5562

Johansen Construction Company, LLC

(360) 829-6493

K2 Industrial Services, Inc.

(219) 933-1100

Kaiyuh Services, LLC

(907) 569-9599

KM Industrial Services, Inc.

(562) 786-6200

Kuna Engineering, LLC

(907) 339-6500

M.P.P. Piping, Inc.

(503) 394-3067

Mansfield Industrial, Inc.

(850) 477-6437

Mavo Systems, Inc.

763-788-7713

NANA CONSTRUCTION, LLC

(907) 892-9803

NANA Management Services, LLC

(907) 273-2400

National Environmental Group, LLC

(810) 736-7911

Niles Construction Services, Inc.

(810) 238-9100

North Wind, Inc. Portage & Site Services

(208) 528-8718

Northwest Demolition and Dismantling, Inc.

(503) 638-6900

Panhandle Power Solutions LLC

(850) 424-5782

Pegasus Aviation Services, LLC

(907) 245-0769

Sealaska Technical Services, LLC

(509) 392-4156

Six Mile, LLC

(907) 569-9599

Sundancer Electric Inc.

(253) 398-2999

TALU, LLC

(703) 766-6772

TDX Quality, LLC

(907) 762-8447

USCF, LLC

(251) 445-2388

W.E. Given Contracting, Inc.

(503) 655-3662

Energy/Utilities

Sxnqels L Suwecm – Ksulilmumal Akalmukwaits Inc.

(406) 883-1113

Food Industry

Bristol Wild Seafood Company, LLC

(425) 314-7093

Orca Bay Foods, LLC

Logistics/Transportation

1st Choice Logistics, LLC

(208) 226-9975

Olgoonik Logistics, LLC

(907) 562-8728

Professional Services

Cayuse Shared Services, LLC

(541) 278-8200

Color Graphics Screenprinting

(360) 352-3970

Doyon Anvil, LLC

(907) 276-2747

Evergreen Professional Recoveries, Inc.

(425) 939-1280

IPS, Inc.

(907) 242-2075

Khotol Services Corporation

(907) 569-9599

LBYD Federal, LLC

(208) 528-8718

Momentum Procurement Group, Inc.

(503) 597-2007

NMS Security Corporation

(907) 273-2400

Nvelup Consulting, Inc

(425) 285-7005

PetroCard, Inc

(800) 950-3835

Professional Computing Resources, Inc.

(616) 259-9242

Quinault Solutions

(360) 986-0211

Radiant Logistics Partners, LLC

(425) 943-4599

RSI Services, LLC

(865) 297-4900

SAVA Workforce Solutions, LLC

(703) 766-6772

Strategic Initial Outfitting Transition Solutions, LLC

(847) 278-2151

Suh’dutsing Staffing Services & Telecom Services

(435) 867-0604

TDX Global Solutions, LLC

(856) 467-1213

TRIO Business Solutions, Inc

(206) 728-8181

TUVA, LLC

(703) 766-7720

 

Retail

Affigent, LLC

(866) 977-8524

Blueprint Technologies, LLC

(206) 455-8326

Cayuse Technologies, LLC

(541) 278-8200

Open Systems Technologies DE, LLC

(616) 574-3500

Suh’dutsing Technologies, LLC

(435) 867-0604

TKC Global Solutions, LLC

(703) 766-6260

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).

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

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.

 

Business Conference Wrap Up

On Thursday June 17th the Northwest Mountain MSDC held the third and final part of the 2021 Business Conference, held virtually. The Council was grateful to host two industry leaders and MBEs to speak on their experience.

Carmen Nazario, President and Founder of Elyon International, shared her journey from learning English when her family moved to the United States, to joining the US Army and gaining experience in Information Technology, and then gaining experience in civil industries and how the inspiration for Elyon International was born.

Dicran ‘D’ Arnold, Area Vice President for Business Development at World Wide Technology, also joined to speak on his decades of experience growing as an MBE, and offering valuable advice and insight on building your company, finding opportunities through relationship building and lifting up your peers.

In Council news and updates, President & CEO Fernando Martinez presented survey data collected from Council Members and MBEs regarding their attitudes towards the reopening of the economy, and discussed insights from the data. These charts are available to view in the conference presentation, linked below.

The Council is grateful to all those that attended each part of the Business Conference this year, and we thank our event sponsor T-Mobile and all our annual sponsors who make our work possible.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be returning to live events for the final events of the year, while still offering virtual options for those events. Stay tuned for more event announcements coming soon!

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