Council Announcement: A letter to our Manager of Operations

It was January of 2007 when I walked into the Council’s office for the first time. This was the first time I met Mayra as she greeted me with a warm smile and “Hello.” Since then, Mayra and I have been working side-by-side developing, building, and growing the Council.

Mayra began her career as a contract receptionist in 2006. Little did she know she was brought onto the team right before a holiday so that everyone else could take a long weekend off. Mayra was working solo by her third day, and was later hired full-time that fall.  In 2008, Mayra assumed the Certification Manager’s position and began mastering the process.  Mayra learned events management with a “can do” attitude.  Mayra moved on to take on a new challenge in 2013 as the Manager of Operations.  She has managed all back office operations, accounting, events, records management, etc.  One of her main duties was to become our Human Resources subject matter expert.  Mayra took courses, attended seminars, and received several certifications.  She has been invaluable in this role.  She accomplished all of this while raising her family.

While managing her job as Manager of Operations and taking care of her family, she attended the University of WA at night, studied during her lunch hour and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree two years later.  This was no easy feat, but she did it! Mayra has accomplished many things without sacrificing her commitment to the Council or her family.  Her smile has not waned one bit through all of this.

Recently, in light of both the economic and health pandemic, it has challenged everyone with varying levels of difficulty.  Mayra has elected not to allow this pandemic to dictate whether her children receive an excellent education.  She leaves the Council to become their teacher and insure her children grow, flourish, and succeed in life. We are proud of Mayra for taking the most difficult step in her life – to protect her children today and secure a safe journey into the future.

Mayra we will miss you tremendously, but know you are doing the right thing for the right reasons!  Best wishes and keep smiling!

Fernando Martinez
President and CEO
Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

A Look Over the Years

 

Northwest Mountain MSDC Announces 2020 Virtual Events

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council has released the new dates for their 2020 premier events. Considering the global, national, and local health risks posed by the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Northwest Mountain MSDC’s responsibility is, first and foremost, to support its Council Members, MBEs, and Community Partners. The Council has spent a significant amount of time thoughtfully assessing the current situation and have decided to go virtual for all 2020 events. Don’t forget to save the following dates:

Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction: September 3, 2020

Leadership & Advocacy Awards: October 1, 2020

Business Conference 3 Part Event: October 8, 2020; November 12, 2020; December 10, 2020

More information, including how to register for these events, will be available soon.

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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Northwest Mountain MSDC Recognizes Excellence in Performance

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE

The Northwest Mountain MSDC recognizes excellence in performance annually. On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) recognized organizations and individuals that excel at advocating, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises. The 2019 Award Winners are:

Advocacy Awards: Presented to individuals who exemplify an unselfish commitment to Minority Business Enterprise Development.

John A. Gilmore Award: Matt Iseri, TokuSaku Consulting

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award: Javier Valdez, State Representative and Roger Millar, WA State Department of Transportation

Robert L. Ryan Award: Catherine Martin, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation

Leadership Awards:  Presented to Minority Business Enterprises that deliver excellence in performance and value to private or public sector customers.

Class 1 Supplier – Annual Revenues up to $1M dollars: Humbition Consulting, LLC

Class 2 Supplier – Annual Revenues between $1M – $10M dollars: Ahora Construction, LLC

Class 3 Supplier – Annual Revenues between $10M – $50M dollars: Viking Engineering + Construction

Class 4 Supplier – Annual Revenues above $50M: World Wide Technology, Inc.

Leadership Awards: Presented to the Public Agency and Private Sector Corporations that commit to the practice of Minority Business Enterprise inclusion.

Public Agency of the year: University of Washington

National Corporation of the year: Starbucks Corporation

Partnership Awards:  Presented to the organization that has, over a period of time, collaborated, supported, and participated in the growth and development of the Northwest Mountain MSDC.

Partnership of the Year: University of Washington Consulting and Business Development Center

Partnership of the Year: TRIO Group

President’s Award: Presented to the individual that supports the Northwest Mountain MSDC in an outstanding manner throughout the year without expectation of recognition.

Chi Y. Pak, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Title Sponsor Award: Presented to the organization that has assumed leadership for underwriting all Northwest Mountain MSDC major events.

Title Sponsor Award: T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

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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Covid-19 Economic Assistance for Small Businesses

On Thursday, March 12th, 2020 the Small Business Administration announced Disaster Assistance Loans.  See the attached news release and find more information with the links included below.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

SBA Products and Resources

Government Contracting

Local Assistance

Other options for help and assistance for small businesses are available from the local and federal government.

  • $5 Million in Small Grants from Governor’s Strategic Funds
    Up to $5 million of the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Funds will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process.
  • City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund
    Approximately $2.5 million is available for the City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. Eligibility criteria and how to apply is here: seattle.gov/office-of-economic-development/small-business/small-business-programs-/stabilization-fund- Deadline to apply is March 25.

Special Announcement: Bobby Herrera Releases his First Book

Bobby Herrera, President of Populus Group, shares the release of his first book, The Gift of Struggle. In it, Bobby highlights the lessons from his Struggles that helped shape the Leader he is today.

“Leadership Is About Sharing Your Gifts. Every struggle teaches us something. That’s the gift. That’s why I wrote this book. Each of my struggles ultimately taught me something. Through those lessons I discovered struggle is the currency of progress. My hope is that my stories of struggle inspire you to view your struggles differently. You have more potential than you realize. There has never been a greater need for compassionate leadership. ” – Bobby Herrera

The book contains:

  • Personal stories of his own struggles
  • The life-changing lessons he learned
  • A new way to lead from your head and your heart

For more information and to order Bobby’s book, visit https://bobby-herrera.com/

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.