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

To view the photos provided by Mike Nakamura Photography, click here: 2022 Leadership & Awards Advocacy Photos

 

 

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.

2020 NWMMSDC Economic Report

The NWMMSDC has released it’s 2020 Economic Impact Report! This report showcases in-depth statistics highlighting the growth, contribution and overall economical impact as it relates to MBE’s in the region. These unique statistics display how our MBE’s and Corporate Members add value to communities and increase economic opportunities for minority businesses.

 

Click here to view the full document.

 

 

How to Know if it’s Time to Throw Away Your Business Plan and Start From Scratch

Ricardo Ibarra of Trio Group discusses how to evaluate if your strategic business plan is working for you.

Summary

  • “A well-written business plan is a strategic exercise in understanding the people your business seeks to serve. And the work you do to gain more insight and knowledge about your ideal client will serve as beacon to guide you as you grow your business.”
  • Not sure if your business is on track to reach your goals? In this video, learn the five components of an effective business plan and how to evaluate your business plan to see if it is working.
  • “Most business owners create a solution or an offer and expect everything to come up roses. A clear understanding of your ideal clients, the market in which you operate, and the money required to develop, create, and produce your solution are all important considerations if you want to ensure your business has long term success.”
  • Schedule time this week to evaluate the strategic value of your business plan based on these five areas.
  • Watch the video to get the full training.
  • Did you identify areas to improve your business? Download the FREE Small & Minority Business Checkup for the 10 questions you must ask to help you get your business back on track and thriving.

About the TAS Program

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. This program is designed to support small businesses in the development of their capabilities thereby making them more competitive.

This program is sponsored by the City of Seattle and hosted by the Northwest Mountain MSDC. For more information, visit the TAS webpage.

About the Presenter

Ricardo Ibarra combines over 15 years of marketing and business experience to help small and minority-owned businesses thrive in today’s digital economy. Combining his signature energetic style with the latest marketing strategies, Ricardo has helped dozens of small and disadvantaged business enterprises reach new clients, launch new products, and gain a sense of confidence as they grow their business.

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

Port of Seattle VendorConnect

The Port of Seattle has debuted a new online system called VendorConnect. VendorConnect is the Port of Seattle’s procurement and contract information database.

With VendorConnect you can:
• Access a one-stop resource for construction projects, consulting services, and goods and services
• Reach Port buyers and procurement specialists
• Receive emails about Port events and business opportunities
• Search vendors and view the event calendar
• Learn current and future purchasing strategies
• Market your business to Port staff and external businesses, including primes seeking
businesses to partner with on upcoming contracts

To begin, you must register yourself and then find or add your business. If you were in the old system, and this is your first time logging in you must recreate your login account.

Click here to view the VendorConnect dashboard

For instructions on how to log in or register for VendorConnect see this Port of Seattle guide.