City of Seattle Opportunity: ITB # CLO -4907 | Power Line Clearance

Seattle City Light (SCL) is seeking vendor(s) to furnish labor, equipment, transportation and supervision to perform Power Line Clearance tree trimming and tree removal operations near or around energized high voltage circuits, secondary voltages, electrical equipment, street light and telecommunications cables in the entire City Light Distribution Area including Skagit Camps and Transmission tower right-of-way corridors.

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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

Partnership of the Year: Wong Fleming, Attorneys At Law

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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U.S. Bank and Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Bank, member of the NMSDC, continues to provide Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. If you are still interested in applying for PPP funds, please read the attached press release for application instructions (see below).

Seventy-five percent of our Council MBEs that have applied for PPP funds have received financial support. If you have not applied for PPP funding, please consider doing so. The net effect is that you are eligible to receive two months of forgivable wages and salaries, plus some mortgage, lease, and utility support.

Click here to read the Press Release

Click here to learn more about PPP

US Bank continues to take applications for the  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that may be beneficial to your business. On June 5 the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act into law, which affords significant changes to the PPP as outlined below.

US Bank is accepting new applications online through June 19. 

We accept applications for customers nationwide and for non-customers in states where we operate branches. If you know of a small business that may be interested, please share the attached information with more details on the programs. Small businesses can also visit usbank.com/ppp for more information or to apply.

Those with questions may call our Business Service Center at 800-673-3555 between Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

What is the program?

The PPP is a potentially forgivable loan that helps small- and medium-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19 to cover payroll and other eligible non-payroll costs. For more information, please visit usbank.com/ppp.

What has changed?

Congress made substantial changes to the forgiveness rules and repayment terms, most importantly:

  • Extended covered period
    The Act lengthened the time that businesses have to incur costs to 24 weeks, so they may have more expenses eligible for forgiveness.
  • More flexibility on covered expenses
    The new rules require only 60 percent of the forgiveness amount to be used for payroll, while the rest can be used for non-payroll costs such as mortgage interest, rent and utilities.
  • Extended maturity date and payment deferral period
    New loans will have a 5-year term. In addition, borrowers will not have to start making payments until the SBA has completed its review of the borrower’s application for loan forgiveness. If the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness within 10 months after the end of the covered period, payments must begin at that time.
  • Adjusted requirements for employment levels

Businesses have until December 31, 2020 to return to pre-COVID levels of employment and exemptions for some businesses who have had to reduce employment levels due to certain regulations.

If a business applied and received funding already, the changes apply to most existing loans as well, notwithstanding the loan agreements.

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.

Message from our Council President

Please enjoy this quick message from Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the NWMMSDC. We hope everyone is staying healthy and following the new safety guidelines amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Remember, the Council is here to serve you, our stakeholders! Do not hesitate to give us a call, our team is available to answer any questions.