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

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!

View Presentation Slides

Letter from the President: Mental Health Resources

Dear Members, MBEs, Friends, and Colleagues,

The past year has put great stress on our collective mental health, worsening an already serious health and economic crisis. At the Council, caring for the health and wellbeing of our MBEs, members, staff and friends is deeply woven into our core values and goal of serving our community. We firmly believe that mental health should be valued, cared for and treated equally alongside our physical health.

Beyond the affect mental health has on individuals, it also has a significant impact on business. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression and anxiety cost the global economy $1 trillion per year in lost productivity. People who are grappling with anxiety, depression, grief, or trauma are not able to show up as their best self anywhere, and this includes the workplace. But WHO also found that for every $1 spent on treating common mental health concerns, there is a return of $4 in improved health and productivity.

In our commitment to deliver value to our Members and MBEs, we have compiled a list of mental health resources available to share with your teams, and best practices around employee mental health. While this list is not exhaustive, some key points to consider when building a strong workplace mental health plan include:

  • Health insurance benefits that offer good mental health coverage. If you are not familiar with how your employee health plan performs in this area, we encourage you to research it.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). An EPA is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems.
  • Open communication and a pro-mental health culture. Talk about mental health openly in the workplace and encourage employees to take concrete steps to support their mental health.
  • Mental health education: standard training or onboarding that covers mental health, recognizing signs of stress, and ways to help. This is especially important for managerial roles.
  • Promote wellbeing by offering flexible schedules as possible, spaces dedicated to meditation or quiet, and encouraging vacation time
  • Ensure your leadership models healthy behaviors. A critical part of building a positive culture around mental health is ensuring your own actions as a leader model the behaviors you encourage. Employees who see their supervisor work through all their vacations will feel less comfortable utilizing their own vacation time.

The best approach for each business will vary depending on size, existing structure and environment. Whether you are a sole proprietor or a company of 200, we encourage you to explore resources available to you and your employees, including the enclosed list. After the collective stressors of the Covid-19 pandemic and social injustice upheavals over the past year and a half, note that even as the economy begins to return to pre-pandemic state, our lives and the lives of our teams and families are far from returning to ‘pre-pandemic business as usual.’

Sincerely,

Fernando Martinez, President & CEO NWMMSDC

To view and download resources, please click here

Virtual Business Conference Part Two

The Northwest Mountain MSDC hosted part two of its annual Business Conference on Thursday May 20th. This is the second year the Council has hosted the conference virtually, due to the Pandemic.

It was a successful morning of networking between MBEs and Corporate/Public Agency Members. Large group conversations included topics around reopening of the regional economy, struggles during the pandemic and forecasting future market demands as states reopen. Each participant also attended a full slate of one-on-one meetings and roundtables designed to connect them with other MBEs and members well suited to their current goals. The Council is appreciative of all those who shared valuable advice and is glad to see many new connects formed!

The third and final part of the conference will be held on Thursday June 17th.

American Home Builders RFP for KINECT @ Burien Project

American Home Builders invites you to submit a proposal for the KINECT @ Burien project located in Burien, WA. It is important that you review the bid documents carefully. The responses will be the criteria used for the selection of the successful project candidates.

Please see opportunity attached for more information:

KINECT @ Burien RFP

Tuck Diversity Business Programs and National Minority Supplier Development Council Partner to Help Diverse Business Owners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2021
Contact: Tammy Wilkins, Chief of Staff
Tammy.Wilkins@nmsdc.org | 212.944.2430

New York, NY, March 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tuck Diversity Business Programs and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) have formed a partnership to support the growth of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) across the country.

NMSDC will award numerous scholarships to MBEs to attend one of Tuck’s signature Diversity Business Programs, Building a Successful Diverse Business or Growing an Established Diverse Business.

Building a Successful Diverse Business focuses on the essential tools that owners need to successfully establish their businesses in the marketplace. It is designed for emerging entrepreneurs who are looking to build a strong foundation of business knowledge and learn how to be a better supplier to corporations.

Growing an Established Diverse Business enables participants in established businesses to accelerate their growth. This follow-up program to Building a Successful Diverse Business helps participants overcome the challenges that business owners often see after several years of successful growth and helps them assess the alternatives to organic growth—strategic alliances and acquisitions.

The Tuck Diversity Business Programs started in 1980 and are the country’s oldest programs designed to develop diverse business owners at a graduate business school. Since its inception, thousands of business owners have participated in the programs.

“The Tuck Diversity Business Programs team is very excited about our relationship with NMSDC. They are one of the premier certifying organizations in the country and we look forward to sharing our programs with their membership,” said Emmanuel Ajavon, associate director of Tuck Diversity Business Programs.

How to Apply

NMSDC scholarships are open to NMSDC-certified MBEs.  Applicants to Building a Successful Diverse Business should have a minimum of three years of experience running a business and at least $250,000 in annual sales. Applicants to Growing an Established Diverse Business should have already attended Building a Successful Diverse Business or be able to demonstrate comparable experience and education.

Applicants who are interested in being considered for an NMSDC scholarship must complete the online application at and enter “NMSDC Applicant” under “Sponsor Company (if applicable).”

For more information, please contact Emmanuel Ajavon at emmanuel.ajavon@tuck.dartmouth.edu.

About NMSDC | https://nmsdc.org

Chartered in 1972, The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) was stood up because of the civil rights movement in the late 1960s and continues to be the leading minority business development organization in the United States. NMSDC supports the economic sustainability of more than 13,000 certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and advances minority business development by facilitating procurement opportunities between its certified MBEs and its network of over 1,500 Corporate Members. NMSDC’s African American, Asian-Indian American, Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic American and Native American businesses provide products and services in many industries. The NMSDC network includes a National Office in New York, 23 regional affiliate councils, five international partner organizations and the Business Consortium Fund (BCF) as its funding arm.

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About Tuck Diversity Business Programs | https://dbp.tuck.dartmouth.edu

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth was the first U.S. institution of higher education to offer executive programs dedicated to advancing the capabilities of underserved entrepreneurs and executives. Since setting the standard in 1980, Tuck has continuously honed its program, expanding and refining what is covered to create the maximum impact on the businesses of its attendees.

2021 Virtual Business Conference Part One

The Northwest Mountain MSDC hosted part one of its annual Business Conference. This is the second time the Council hosts a virtual conference due to the Pandemic.

It was a successful morning of networking between MBEs and Corporate/Public Agency Members. During this session, Dr. Suj Chandrasekhar, Founder and Principal, Strategic Insights discussed “Digital Transformation”. Earl W. Overstreet II, President, GMI shared a motivational presentation, as he told the story of his journey as an entrepreneur. Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the NWMMSDC closed out the meeting with an informative presentation, sharing Council activities and defining Tier 2 / Mentor-Protégé.

To view Suj’s presentation, click here: Digital Transformation

To view Fernando’s presentation, click here: 2021 Business Conference Part One