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.

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.



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 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

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.

Coronavirus: Opportunities to Help Our Community

A message from one of our partners: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

I want to share with you two of the ways we are stepping up to help those in need during the outbreak and ways that you can help, too.

We will continue to advocate for more help from the state and federal governments. In the meantime, there are gaps in support that need to be filled and we are working with many partners to try to fill them as quickly as possible.

We have heard loud and clear from vulnerable businesses that cash flow is the number one challenge to their ability to survive. We have been looking at ways that we could reduce some of their costs and, ideally, help their workers at the same time.

We are setting up a fund here at the Chamber called the Keep Workers Safe and Healthy Fund. The fund has two main goals: to keep healthcare coverage intact for employees through April 2020, whether they have employer-sponsored benefits or receive subsidies for health insurance, and keeping employees safe by reimbursing employers for janitorial services, protective equipment, and supplies.

We want to take a cost off the table for vulnerable businesses and help ensure their workers are safe and healthy during the crisis.

The goal for this fund is $10 million. Please contact to make a contribution to this fund. The Chamber is working to set up a website to accept online contributions.

Is this perfect? No. The goal is to get money in and move money out quickly to try to buy time for businesses and workers. This is a stopgap measure that will evolve over time. We are open to suggestions for how to make it better.

I want to share a proposal from Shkelqim Kelmendi, executive director for Housing Connector:

Housing Connector is a B2B organization, incubated and housed by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber, partnering with private property owners and managers to reduce barriers and connect families with vacant units in the market. Housing Connector is requesting an initial infusion of funding of $500k to provide emergency rental support to over 570 current residents as well as an additional 100 low-income households facing hardship at Housing Connector property partners in King County.

Currently Housing Connector has housed and supports 570 individuals in over 180 households and partners with over 170 private properties throughout King County. All Housing Connector residents were previously experiencing homelessness and will be disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19, resulting in the need for additional rental support.

To support current and future households with rental payments through August 2020, Housing Connector forecasts a 41% increase in rental payment above budget, resulting in a $200k funding gap.

Beyond current residents, Housing Connector is uniquely positioned to scale and expand housing stability support to more individuals in King County. With established partnerships with properties and build in mechanisms for distributing rental support, Housing Connector can scale to ensure hundreds of additional low-income families and property owners have the safety net to weather these turbulent times. Speed of scale is critical given that April rent payments are two weeks away.

Housing Connector projects that for every $300k in additional funding, 100 households/300 individuals can access emergency rental support through May 2020. Not only does this strategy provide stability to families, it provides financial stability to hundreds of landlords in our community. Donations to Housing Connector can be made to the Chamber Community Foundation. To donate, please contact

In cooperation with Challenge Seattle and some other key partners, we have set up a webpage with recommendations for organizations that can take contributions now and use that money to help people quickly. You can find those recommendations here.

This is all a work in progress. We are doing what we can. I am asking for your support and your brains to help us continue to find ways to help vulnerable businesses and workers.

Updates from our Community Partner: Challenge Seattle

Key Coronavirus followups from our community partner, Challenge Seattle:

  1. SHELTER IN PLACE RUMOR – We heard clearly from the city of Seattle, King County, and Department of Commerce that there are no plans at this time to issue additional orders relating to more restrictions or to shelter in place. Please help calm the public about this concern.
  2. MASKS – Thank you to Costco and Microsoft for sourcing a combined 140,000 masks for use by our health care workers and responders. If anyone has a surplus of N-95 masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) or has the ability to help source PPEs – please let us know. There is a critical need.
    • Secretary Lisa Brown shared the Governor’s announcement regarding measures that the state is taking today to address the economic impacts of the crisis, including assistance for renters, workers, and businesses. Read more here.
    • In response to the business community’s request to simplify navigating the state’s COVID response, the state has created a one-stop-shop portal– Specific information for businesses and workers is here.
  1. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – an urgent ask of the business community is to communicate to our Federal Delegation the need for federal action to provide states more flexibility on the provision of unemployment insurance benefits. This flexibility would allow our state to expand eligibility as well as the amount available to unemployed workers. The Seattle Metro Chamber is organizing a sign-on letter. We will circulate the letter via our business association partners as soon as it is available.
  2. SCHOOLS – We heard from Superintendent Reykdal that the state is working to address key barriers for certain student populations so that districts can begin offering on-line learning next week. He also mentioned two specific needs that they are struggling with:
    • Food Security. While districts have set up systems for delivering breakfast and lunches, concerns are growing about dinner and weekend meals for students and their families who quality for free and reduced-priced meals.
    • Childcare: Districts are struggling with how to meet the Governor’s directive to provide childcare for first responders, health care workers, and others who are essential to the state’s response to COVID-19. If you have ideas on either of these fronts, please let us know.
  1. PHILANTROPY – Thank you for the outpouring of generosity in the last several weeks. To aid donors who want to ensure that dollars flow quickly to where they are most needed, we have assembled a consolidated #WeGotThisWA list posted here on the Seattle Metro Chamber’s site.

**PLEASE NOTE, the situation on the ground is fluid and needs will evolve, especially as federal funding becomes available. Our goal is to update this list regularly so that we continue to identify the gaps between the need and available government resources, ensuring private dollars can flow effectively and efficiently to fill the gaps. Additionally, we recognize that the current list is Seattle-King County centric and does not cover all of the needs in the community. We are working with partners to understand the most effective channels to get help where it is needed across the state.

Please share this #WeGotThisWA List with your networks who may be in a position to donate – including your employees and customers who may want to help. Here is the link.

WSDOT Contract Opportunity

There is currently an opportunity open for an interim position as Project Delivery Environmental Coordinator. This position will be working with the WSDOT Environmental Program for Megaprograms to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and provide various types of support to the Megaprograms team regarding environmental issues.

Request for a Statement of Qualifications

Environmental Coordinator Job Description

Interested in this position? Email the Statement of qualifications to Usman Naushab at by March 13th.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Rob Berman at (206) 949-0475 or

Quinault Solutions a NWMMSDC MBE Highlight

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is pleased to highlight Quinault Solutions (QS) based in Hoquiam, Washington. QS, a Native led certified MBE sourcing company specializing in the supply of U.S. sourced, environmentally friendly copy and printing papers, is one of several enterprises of the Quinault Indian Nation.

QS is a tier two supply source and does not sell directly to end users.  QS sells copy and printing paper through fulfillment distribution partners.

“We partner with well-managed, financially strong, environmentally conscious, reliable suppliers, and service vendors ensuring high quality at competitive pricing.  We are often asked if we would have enough supply to support our largest national customers, and the answer is YES!” says Nelson Dan, QS General Manager.

Quinault Solutions partners with U.S. based paper manufacturers and distributors to help end users achieve their customer satisfaction goals.  Nelson Dan states, “One of our strengths is that we can work directly through our customer’s current supplier.  Our customers can achieve their diverse purchasing goals without changing suppliers. It truly is a win for all involved.”

“The Quinault Indian Nation wants to grow its businesses; however, we want to make sure the impact we have on our environment is positive.  We are excited to offer environmentally friendly paper from NORPAC Paper in Longview, WA.  NORPAC is the maker of the Natural Choice line of papers.  The Natural Choice paper is competitively priced, and compared to traditional copy paper has 92% less impact on the earth, 74% less waste to landfill, 44% less CO², 47% less water used and 44% less impact on human health,” says Nelson Dan.

Mr. Dan states, “As we grow our list of partners across the United States, we are proud of the work we are doing and the impact we have on our local Tribe, our business partners and a positive effect on our environment. Together we make a difference.”

For more information on how you can partner with Quinault Solutions, visit their website at or call Quinault Solutions directly at 360-538-5656.