U.S. Bank and Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Bank, member of the NMSDC, continues to provide Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. If you are still interested in applying for PPP funds, please read the attached press release for application instructions (see below).

Seventy-five percent of our Council MBEs that have applied for PPP funds have received financial support. If you have not applied for PPP funding, please consider doing so. The net effect is that you are eligible to receive two months of forgivable wages and salaries, plus some mortgage, lease, and utility support.

Click here to read the Press Release

Click here to learn more about PPP

US Bank continues to take applications for the  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that may be beneficial to your business. On June 5 the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act into law, which affords significant changes to the PPP as outlined below.

US Bank is accepting new applications online through June 19. 

We accept applications for customers nationwide and for non-customers in states where we operate branches. If you know of a small business that may be interested, please share the attached information with more details on the programs. Small businesses can also visit usbank.com/ppp for more information or to apply.

Those with questions may call our Business Service Center at 800-673-3555 between Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

What is the program?

The PPP is a potentially forgivable loan that helps small- and medium-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19 to cover payroll and other eligible non-payroll costs. For more information, please visit usbank.com/ppp.

What has changed?

Congress made substantial changes to the forgiveness rules and repayment terms, most importantly:

  • Extended covered period
    The Act lengthened the time that businesses have to incur costs to 24 weeks, so they may have more expenses eligible for forgiveness.
  • More flexibility on covered expenses
    The new rules require only 60 percent of the forgiveness amount to be used for payroll, while the rest can be used for non-payroll costs such as mortgage interest, rent and utilities.
  • Extended maturity date and payment deferral period
    New loans will have a 5-year term. In addition, borrowers will not have to start making payments until the SBA has completed its review of the borrower’s application for loan forgiveness. If the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness within 10 months after the end of the covered period, payments must begin at that time.
  • Adjusted requirements for employment levels

Businesses have until December 31, 2020 to return to pre-COVID levels of employment and exemptions for some businesses who have had to reduce employment levels due to certain regulations.

If a business applied and received funding already, the changes apply to most existing loans as well, notwithstanding the loan agreements.

WSDOT Contract Opportunity

There is currently an opportunity open for an interim position as Project Delivery Environmental Coordinator. This position will be working with the WSDOT Environmental Program for Megaprograms to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and provide various types of support to the Megaprograms team regarding environmental issues.

Request for a Statement of Qualifications

Environmental Coordinator Job Description

Interested in this position? Email the Statement of qualifications to Usman Naushab at Naushau@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov by March 13th.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Rob Berman at (206) 949-0475 or rob.berman@hdrinc.com.

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce: Employment Opportunity

Position Summary: 

This person executes day-to-day communications to our members and the general public through a variety of channels. Their work reflects a passion for the Chamber’s role as a champion for our members, as well as the value we offer members as an advocate, a convener, and a resource for key services. This person instinctively understands the Chamber’s voice and tone as a business advocate and a regional leadership organization. They are a “go-to” person within the organization who ensures that all communications align with and advance our brand.

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience working in communications. Previous communications experience in the policy/political fields, or for a membership organization, is a plus.

This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

For more information on this job posting and to apply, click here.

City of Seattle: Employment Opportunity

The City of Seattle is looking to hire a Senior Design/Construction Project Manager for the Finance and Administrative Services department. Click here for more information on this employment opportunity.

Position Description:

Are you an accomplished project management professional with expertise managing facility projects and public works construction contracts? If so, this is your opportunity to join a talented team dedicated to providing high quality and efficient capital facility project delivery.

The Senior Design/Construction Project Manager works within the Capital Development Division (CD), which manages facilities capital master planning, programming, interior space planning, design and construction in City-owned facilities. In this role, you will be responsible for executing a complex project portfolio which includes master planning, new construction, major maintenance and tenant improvements. Project management duties include managing capital facilities projects on time, within budget, and in compliance with the governing laws and statutes.

The City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) is a dynamic organization of 600+ employees that provides $200 million a year in services to the City through an exciting portfolio of lines of business. FAS is a collaborative workplace with collective accountability to promote equity, respect, civility, integrity, inclusiveness and fairness for all employees.

 

Council Hosts Year End Meeting to Close Out 2019

The Council closed out 2019 reporting back to its stakeholders across the region by hosting the Year End Meeting on December 10th. The team followed last year’s model and traveled to multiple states in the region to host a dynamic meeting where MBEs, members, and friends all called in to join one meeting. Fernando Martinez and Karla Malacon hosted from the University of Washington in Seattle, Mayra Rivera hosted from U.S. Translation Company’s headquarters in Utah, and Huda Al-musawi joined from Nike World Headquarters in Oregon. Everybody else had the option to call in via web video conference.

President and CEO of the Council, Fernando Martinez, delivered the presentation and answered live questions as attendees had a final opportunity to network in 2019. We look forward to what 2020 has in store for our network as we continue to drive Supplier Diversity forward!

Click here to view the presentation.

For photos of this event, click here.

           

Press Release- City of Seattle and Northwest Mountain MSDC: Partnership to Deliver Technical Assistance Services

SEATTLE, WA — The City of Seattle and Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) have partnered in the development and launch of the City of Seattle’s Technical Assistance Services program. Over the next twelve months, Northwest Mountain MSDC will provide recruitment outreach and business technical assistance for engagement, growth, and expansion of their services with the City of Seattle.

Fernando Martinez, President of the Northwest Mountain MSDC states, “We are very pleased to partner with the City of Seattle and offer our expertise to help these firms increase their probability of engaging and increasing their business with the City.”

To support Historically Underutilized Businesses/Women & Minority Business Enterprises (HUB/WMBE) and other firms in the development of their capabilities thereby making them more competitive, Northwest Mountain MSDC will offer business technical assistance in the following areas: Understanding How to do Business with the City of Seattle; Business Assessment; How to Effectively Respond to RFXs; Marketing Your Firm; Negotiating and Contracting; Understanding the Numerous Contracts Available to do Business; Executive Education; and Access to Capital. City of Seattle staff members and key partners—Craft3, TRIO Group, and the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center—will participate in the delivery of program services. Services will be offered in both a group setting as well as through customized, one-on-one sessions.

“We look forward to supporting the City of Seattle in building a more robust pipeline and increasing their spend with HUB/WMBEs and any firm interested in doing business with the City of Seattle. Similarly, we look forward to measuring HUB/WMBE and participating firms’ growth over the next 12 months as a result of the Technical Assistance provided,” says Fernando.

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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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Karla Malacon, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at (253) 243-6964 or email kmalacon@nwmmsdc.org.

Click here for a pdf of this press release.

137th Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce hosted their 137th Annual Meeting September 19th at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. The luncheon included guest speakers Marilyn Strickland, President and CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber, Gary Locke, former Washington state governor, Diana Birkett Rakow, Vice President of External Relations at Alaska Airlines and Hon. Jenny Durkan, Mayor of City of Seattle. The theme of this year’s luncheon, “Making Our Mark” was highlighted throughout the event. Watch the video below to hear Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the NWMMSDC, speak more about “Making Our Mark”!

Tri-Council Minority Business Mega Summit

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, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We hope you enjoy the photos from this event!

See more photos in our event archive.

 

Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave

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 to nearly all employers statewide regardless of size, including out-of-state employers with Washington employees.

Exceptions include:

  • Self-employed individuals (may opt in)
  • Federal Employees
  • Federally Recognized Tribes (may opt in)
  • Individuals who temporarily work in WA

Visit www.paidleave.wa.gov/employers and find out how WA State Paid Family & Medical Leave will impact your business and your employees.

Best Practices – Effective 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:

  1. Be patient.  (Networking and establishing business relationships takes time).
  2. Come in with a targeted list of who you want to make an impact with and what you will offer.
  3. (Remember to always) be professional, have a professional presence.  First impressions are important.
  4. When I’m networking, I like to start out with the mindset of, “How can I help the people I meet?”
  5. Relax, networking events can be overwhelming at times.
  6. Believe that you can and will make great progress.  After making all the necessary preparations, having the right mindset can lead to many great things.

How to introduce yourself:

  1. Keep your introduction succinct.
  2. Offer a handshake and introduce yourself and what organization you are with. (Remember the name. Use it three times and it’s yours.)
  3. Smile… be welcoming.
  4. Don’t assume that the person that you met previously will remember your name!  Unless a person is addressing you by your name when you see them again, then assume they don’t know and state it again.

During the conversation:

  1. Show passion for what you do.
  2. LISTEN closely to what’s being said.
  3. Listen twice as much as talk. Ask questions.
  4. Show excitement for what they do.
  5. Write down information in stenography notebook.
  6. Consider this first meeting as an opportunity for relationship building and for future opportunities to connect… you’re not going to get it all done with the first meeting, so don’t try.  We don’t want to (and you shouldn’t want to) spend 30 minutes with any one individual at a networking event.
  7. Don’t be disappointed if a target corporation is not interested or doesn’t have any current opportunities.  It’s better that you know now than be strung along.
  8. However, don’t assume that corporations do not talk to each other… we do!  And often times, we can be your resource to meet other potential targets.

How to make the most out of it:

  1. Ask about other companies attending the event that they should meet.  We can be very helpful this way and want to direct you to those that can benefit from knowing more about your company.
  2. Instead of trying to collect contact information, I’m actively listening to the people I meet at an event and trying to figure out how I can help them solve a problem.
  3. If I can’t help them directly, I connect them with someone in my network who can do that for them. I try to be a connector and give more value than I get.
  4. Team up with an existing customer to use as an immediate reference to your work when meeting future/potential customers.  An in-person testimonial can seal next steps quickly.
  5. Seek to develop a relationship with the event host leadership.  In the case of the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council, a MBE should develop a solid rapport with the CEO, Staff, Board of Directors and Corporate sponsors.

How to close:

  1. Make the ASK and go for the appropriate close so you get a chance at the next steps.
  2. Exchange cards and ask if you may contact them.
  3. Ask for a business card and let them know you’ll be contacting them in the near term to provide an electronic capabilities statement, but also an email to better define your value proposition for that particular corporation.
  4. Don’t ask for a business card if you have no intention of following up.  If you have provided us with your business card… we’ll remember that you didn’t follow up.
  5. If you make a solid corporate connection during an event and you would like to follow-up with that person, politely ask if you can schedule a meeting with them right on the spot!  Recommendation – ask for a date at least 30 days out from the current date to minimize potential conflicts as many Supplier Diversity professionals typically have a busy travel schedule.  Also for an initial call, I recommend you ask for a 30 minute or less conference call – not an hour.

What not to do:

  1. Don’t let nerves take over so you keep talking, don’t dominate the conversation.
  2. DO NOT take all of their time or make them feel captive.  Networking is meant to mingle with many people.
  3. Don’t try and “sell” your company’s products and services at a networking event unless the conversation lends itself to that; on the other hand, be prepared to clearly articulate your business in a 15 second elevator pitch because invariably someone will ask you “what do you do”.
  4. Don’t try to land a job, your goal is to make the introduction
  5. Don’t distribute handouts… this is not the time or place.
  6. LEAVE any marketing materials at home – give and collect business cards.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this blog: Dennis Brooks, Lisa Castillo, Pedro Castro, Lana Gosnell, James Hing, Sharon S. Lucas, Fernando Martinez, and Swen Nater.

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