City of Seattle Interdepartmental Meeting – TAS Updates

Fernando Martinez, President and CEO, and Zavere Weeks, Program Assistant of the Northwest Mountain MSDC met with the City of Seattle to discuss the Technical Assistance Program. Please find the presentation linked below.

City of Seattle Interdepartmental Meeting

Interested in joining TAS program? Contact Zavere Weeks at: (253) 243-6964 or email: TAS@nwmmsdc.org

NMSDC is Connecting MBEs with PPP Funding with Instructional Video

The NMSDC wants to ensure that no minority business owner “in need of PPP funding” is left behind! Please find the recently created and shared PPP Loan Application Instructional video featuring G. Winston Neal, President of BCF, and Ashley O’Neal, SVP with Midwest BankCentre below. To  learn more about the NMSDC’s efforts to help MBEs access PPP funding, click on the links below.

NMSDC Press Release for providing PPP loans to MBEs

NMSDC PPP Loan Instructions

View the PPP Loan Application Instruction Video – BCF/Midwest BankCentre

Apply for PPP Loan via BCF/Midwest BankCentre, applications need to be entered by June 26th

Technical Assistance Services Workshops

The Northwest Mountain MSDC hosted a series of free online workshops for businesses interested in doing business with the City of Seattle as part of the Technical Assistance Services program. This series included insight from industry experts and open discussions on a number of topics. Missed these workshops? Click on the attachments below to review any or all of the presentations. This series will be repeated in the summer, so let Zavere Weeks, Program Assistant, know if you are interested in registering!
  1. How to register to do business with the City of Seattle? Firms learned how to properly register with the City of Seattle’s Online Business Directory. All firms seeking to do business with the City of Seattle must be registered as a Supplier. Registering here places your firm into a directory utilized by City of Seattle departments when searching for businesses to fulfill work orders. Firms engaged in the process of developing a capabilities statement. To learn more: TAS Workshop 1
  2. How to research the City of Seattle opportunities and contracts? Firms learned how to search and find City of Seattle solicitations and reviewed effective searching practices. After finding solicitations participants learned how to evaluate whether or not a particular solicitation is right for them (make go/no-go decisions). This training discussed choosing the opportunity that appropriately fits your business. To learn more: TAS Workshop 2
  3. How to read and respond to a City of Seattle Request for Proposal? In this workshop, firms gained an  understanding of how to properly respond to the City of Seattle’s Request for Information, Request for Quote and Request for Proposal. Knowing how to respond and with what information, will help to gain further consideration from the City. To learn more: TAS Workshop 3
  4. How to design and develop your marketing collateral? Learn how to develop a complete marketing strategy to prepare your business to successfully engage with the City of Seattle for potential business opportunities. In this workshop, firms discussed creating marketing with purpose! To learn more: TAS Workshop 4
  5. What are the back office responsibilities you are accountable for? In this workshop, participants learned how to interpret the terms and conditions of a contract and translate that into actionables. This helps to create deliverable timelines to better manage back office  responsibilities and comply with contract terms and conditions. To learn more: TAS Workshop 5
  6. Now that you have the business, how do you finance it for growth? In this final workshop, firms dove into a discussion around growing your business smart. Participants learned from subject matter experts in the following fields: Finance, Accounting Budgeting and Tax Planning.  They also reviewed tips on how to best use and manage credit. To learn more: TAS Workshop 6

COVID-19 Response “New Normal” Planning

Have you started working on a plan on how to reopen your business in the midst of this COVID-19 Pandemic? The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Challenge Seattle, Boston Consulting Group, together in partnership with over 200 regional/national/international companies have created a plan to help you.

Washington State COVID-19 Response “New Normal” Planning

Click here to view the short version of this report.

Click here to view the full report.

TAS Presentation at NAMCWA

Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the Council, presented at the Washington Chapter of National Association of Minority Contractors on March 5, 2020 in Tukwila. He presented on the Technical Assistance Services program. To view the presentation, click here.

For more information on the Technical Assistance Services program, visit www.nwmmsdc.org/tas-seattle

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.

 

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.