The Northwest Mountain MSDC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

As National Hispanic Heritage Month unfolds, we embrace the rich history and the impact of Hispanic culture that has made its presence felt in our region. This month isn’t just a time to commemorate traditions and heritage, but also an opportunity to recognize the incredible contributions of our Hispanic Minority Business Enterprises to our economy.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC takes pride in our certified Hispanic MBEs. Their dedication, innovation, and growth have not only driven their businesses but have also significantly improved the economic landscape. They are a driving force behind growth, job creation, and innovation in our communities. In 2022, our Hispanic MBEs generated nearly $1 billion in revenue, leading to new opportunities and the employment of millions of individuals across the Pacific Northwest Region. Their success not only inspire but also highlight the potential that diversity and inclusion bring to the marketplace.

Join us in celebrating these inspiring achievements during Hispanic Heritage Month, and explore a comprehensive list of Certified Hispanic MBEs within the region HERE.

Press Release: Karla Malacon Appointed President & CEO




Contact: Jeffery Bartley, NWMMSDC

Phone: (253) 243-6959




Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Appoints Karla Malacon as President & CEO



Seattle, WA — The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Council) announced the appointment of the new President and CEO, Karla Malacon on June 7, 2023, at the Business Conference and Leadership & Advocacy Awards event.

Karla has worked for the Council since 2017 when she joined the team as the Manager of Certification and MBE Services before spending a couple of years as the Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing and Communications. Karla was promoted to Manager of Operations in 2020 before accepting the position as Vice President of Operations in 2022. Karla took on the Interim President and CEO role in February 2023. Karla is a Washington local and graduate of the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused in marketing and international business.

Her innovative approach and dedication to the Council’s mission to, “Foster an environment that develops equitable opportunities, creating economic value” make her the right person for this role. “The Council Board of Directors unanimously voted to name Karla Malacon as our President and CEO,” stated Angela Battle, Sellen Construction, Board Chair for the Northwest Mountain MSDC. “We were very pleased with her work during her interim over the past few months which made this decision very easy to make. Under Karla’s leadership, we are excited to see what the future holds for the Northwest Mountain region.”

Karla will continue to advance the Council’s supplier diversity efforts throughout the region, forging new connections, and driving progress for Minority Business Enterprises. Please join us in celebrating Karla’s promotion and the start of the Council’s next chapter of growth!




If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jeff Bartley, Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing and Communications at (253) 243-6964 or email

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.

NWMMSDC Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

AAPI list 2The Northwest Mountain MSDC proudly recognizes Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month throughout the month of May. This month-long celebration is a testament to our commitment to honor the rich culture and profound impact that has influenced the Asian/Pacific Islander community. Moreover, we take this opportunity to recognize and showcase the exceptional AAPI Council Certified MBEs who continue to make a positive difference in the Northwest region.

To further highlight the presence of the Asian and Pacific Islander community, we have compiled a comprehensive list of over 100 Asian and Pacific Islander Certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). These exceptional businesses have not only made significant contributions to the Council but have also played a crucial role in bolstering the entire Northwest economy. As Certified MBEs affiliated with the Northwest Mountain MSDC, AAPI firms have collectively aggregated a revenue of $1.6 Billion as of 2022.

We are excited about the future and our ongoing efforts to collaborate with all Minority Business Enterprises. Join us in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the Asian and Pacific Islander community as we work together to drive innovation, economic growth, and success!

Click here to view the list of Council Certified AAPI Minority Business Enterprises.

Aprende y Avanza Education Program

This program was developed under the supervision of the Department of Labor and Industry and the course can be taken in English or Spanish, which is a first in Washington State. We encourage all Members, MBEs and business contacts to take this course so they can avoid penalties involving compliance with Washington State labor laws.
After you register upon taking the first course, individuals will receive a $25 digital gift card from DoorDash so they can enjoy some good food as they are learning. (There a limited number of electronic DoorDash gift cards, so please take advantage of this promotion as soon as possible!)
This is a program offered by The Northwest Mountain MSDC in partnership with the Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. We also invite you to register yourself and your staff so you can take advantage of this learning material as well as enjoy a nice meal courtesy of Door Dash.

For more information and enrollment click here. 

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!

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


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.