Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to the 2022 Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Cohort Associates for completing the learning and development program!
 
Special thanks to Mian Rice, Emily Ho, Tina Boyd and the rest of the Port of Seattle staff for hosting such a great event. Alongside the Port of Seattle, the Council recognized the graduates with certificates of completion for participating and finishing the program. Collectively, the cohort averaged an attendance rate of 89.5%. Not including the 33 hours of education, the associates spent countless hours prepping and working with mentors to further their learning experience.
Congratulations to the following cohort associates:
Marcus Cola – Apex Electrical Group, LLC
Tony Puloka – 3 Guys Construction, LLC
Abigail McDowell – Your Home Concierge
Ato Apiafi – Ato Apiafi Architects, PLLC
Sharon Maxwell – Bratton Construction Company
Tricia Lewis – Pacific Rim Environmental, Inc.
Lisa Keohokalole-Schauer – Point North Consulting, Inc.
Edward Byers – ONIT Management Consulting
Marilee Hanks – KNOT Landscape Architecture
Venky Ramakrishnan – Sigma Consultants
Dexter Turner – OpConnect, Inc.
Delton Johnson – Bubbers, LLC
David Molina – Molina Construction Company

 

The ceremony included warm words from Mian Rice, Emily Ho, Fernando Martinez and Commissioner Ryan Calkins of the Port of Seattle. During the ceremony, the audience enjoyed virtual testimonies from each of the associates. The testimonies detailed their experience in the program and what they’ve been able to put in place as a part of their business model thus far. The 19 learning and development sessions highlighted various discussions that allowed the associates to comprehend and make progress towards new contracting opportunites.
 
The Council thanks everyone involved for making this a great opportunity for all!

Upcoming Bid Opportunity with Skanska

Calling all Small, Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprises!

An upcoming bid opportunity session is being held by Skanska on November 16th, from 3-5pm at Parable in Tacoma for the Bryant Montessori project. Come to learn more about the specifications, timetables, and bidding for the project. Demo will start in May 2023. Packages to be released for bid late November or early December of 2022. Representatives from both, Tacoma Public Schools and the Skanska project team will be present.

Click here for registration and additional details.

Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Program Update

Congratulations to the Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Cohort for making it halfway through this year’s program.  The Council looks forward to seeing the cohort continue to develop and grow through the remaining learning sessions, best practice sharing, and mentorship.

Weeks one through five included in-depth engagement sessions and workshops highlighting topics such as, financial health, strategic communications and even a Regional Contracting Forum where participants got to engage with Corporate and Public Agencies. Other sessions included a business plan builder and infrastructure design panels covering accounting, legal and banking relationships. After the first 5 weeks of programming, the majority of the cohort associates have reported the beneficial growth of their organization in some form. Some of the cohort associates have reported winning new contracts, building new relationships, and exploring partnerships with their cohort peers.

“My experience with the Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Program to date has been great, affording the opportunity to learn from others as well as make meaningful networking connections. We are already partnering with one of my fellow cohort members!”

-Edward Buyers, Partner and Lead Consulting, ONIT Management Consulting

“The Business Accelerator has been a wealth of information and incredible networking opportunity– I look forward to improving our sales/ marketing approach to scale our material/ equipment procurement logistics services.” 

 -David Molina, Founder & CEO at Molinas Construction Company

During the remaining weeks the associates can expect more learning opportunities and engaging sessions such as, the general contracting panel, marketing collateral design workshop and additional learning sessions. These challenging sessions are bolstered with the help and leadership of mentors plus the willingness of cohort associates to accept feedback. The Council in collaboration with the Port of Seattle thank the 50+ individuals and companies that have contributed to the success of the 2022 Port of Seattle Business Accelerator Program.

Join us on Wednesday, November 16th for the Business Accelerator Graduation Ceremony as the Council and Port of Seattle celebrate the completion of the 2022 Programming!

 

26th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction Recap

On September 1st, 2022 The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council celebrated the 26th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction at the Washington National Golf Club, with all proceeds benefitting the MBE Scholarship fund. In efforts to support our MBEs through their continuing education and minority business advancement we raised $15,738.19, which exceeded the amount of proceeds made from last year by more than $2,000!

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

1st Place: Greater Pacific Industries Team: Ben Zhang, Alex Cormier, Travis Pozega, and Dawa Sangpo

2nd Place: The Boeing Company Team: Matt Blondin and Vivian Wisdom hosting Ron Benman from Hovair Systems Mfg., Inc. and Mike Byron from Vital Mechanical Service

3rd Place: PromoShop Team: Mathew Mason and Memo Khan hosting Joel Gillespie from The Microsoft Corporation and Eric Shimizu from DKS Associates

Congratulations to our Straight Drive, Closest to the Pin, Long Drive, Mega Putt, and raffle winners:
Mike Byron, Erik Lee, Chris Goodman, Jeff Blackham, Shanell Powell and Vivian Wisdom.

Thank you to our annual sponsors, guest and auction contributors for making this a great event for everyone involved. Enjoy a gallery of photos from the event, captured by Mike Nakamura Photography.

Seeking Growth For Your Business? Apply to the PortGen Accelerator Today

The Northwest Mountain MSDC in collaboration with the Port of Seattle has officially opened applications for the PortGen Accelerator, an extensive two-month business development program for minority-owned small businesses in Seattle!
The program launches September 7th and will seek businesses with 2+ years of experience in the construction, A&E, electrical, specialty services and general goods and services industries (Or demonstrate C level experience in similar business). The PortGen accelerator will aim to support businesses in Seattle, South King County, and surrounding areas.

Turner Construction Launches TCSM Program

Turner School of Construction Management Program

The Turner Construction Company is excited to launch the Turner School of Construction Management Program! The 5 week, 9-course program is set to begin September 6th, where attendees will meet every Tuesday and Thursday.

Click here, to view the full program details and see how you can apply today!

2022 Annual Business Conference

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC HIGHLIGHTS A DAY OF BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

We kicked off a day of business engagement, where we got to enjoy a fireside chat presented by Tim Wang and moderated by Joel Gillespie, One-on-One Business Engagement Sessions with Corporate/Public Agencies and Learning and Development Sessions lead by Venus Rekow, Rocky Fong, Sheila Winston, and Steven Matly!

We are proud to have executed a successful hybrid model for this years event in our efforts to allow guests to comfortably participate at their own discretion. The Resurging of Partnerships throughout the Conference is truly indicative of everyone’s effort to rebuild our economy. We trust all participants enjoyed the programming, learned new practices, and leveraged the opportunity to network.

Special thanks to our speakers, DoubleTree Suites Staff and our title sponsor T-Mobile, for making this event productive and memorable.

 

Click here to view the full COVID-19 Impact on Minority Businesses presented by Fernando Martinez.
Enjoy a gallery of pictures from this years event, captured by Mike Nakamura Photography LLC.

 

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

 

 

 

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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