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 www.quinaultsolutions.com or call Quinault Solutions directly at 360-538-5656.

2018 NWMMSDC Economic Impact Report

The Council released its 2018 Economic Impact Report, highlighting the economic effect MBEs have in our region – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Our work with MBEs and corporate/public agency members drives increased community value. Through effective engagements, members drive MBE growth, increased member diverse spend and efficiency, increased community employment, wages, and taxes, thereby enabling our communities’ path to self-sufficiency.

To view the report, click here.

This Economic Impact report was produced by supplier.io.

2018 NWMMSDC Annual Report Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Council released its 2018 Annual Report, highlighting 2018 activities and financial performance. The report looks back on the Council’s theme celebrating 40 Years of Developing Minority Businesses.

Thank you to our 2018 Annual Report Sponsor – JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

To read the report, click here.

Council Hosts Year End Meeting to Close Out 2019

The Council closed out 2019 reporting back to its stakeholders across the region by hosting the Year End Meeting on December 10th. The team followed last year’s model and traveled to multiple states in the region to host a dynamic meeting where MBEs, members, and friends all called in to join one meeting. Fernando Martinez and Karla Malacon hosted from the University of Washington in Seattle, Mayra Rivera hosted from U.S. Translation Company’s headquarters in Utah, and Huda Al-musawi joined from Nike World Headquarters in Oregon. Everybody else had the option to call in via web video conference.

President and CEO of the Council, Fernando Martinez, delivered the presentation and answered live questions as attendees had a final opportunity to network in 2019. We look forward to what 2020 has in store for our network as we continue to drive Supplier Diversity forward!

Click here to view the presentation.

For photos of this event, click here.

           

Press Release- City of Seattle and Northwest Mountain MSDC: Partnership to Deliver Technical Assistance Services

SEATTLE, WA — 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. Over the next twelve months, Northwest Mountain MSDC will provide recruitment outreach and business technical assistance for engagement, growth, and expansion of their services with the City of Seattle.

Fernando Martinez, President of the Northwest Mountain MSDC states, “We are very pleased to partner with the City of Seattle and offer our expertise to help these firms increase their probability of engaging and increasing their business with the City.”

To support Historically Underutilized Businesses/Women & Minority Business Enterprises (HUB/WMBE) and other firms in the development of their capabilities thereby making them more competitive, Northwest Mountain MSDC will offer business technical assistance in the following areas: Understanding How to do Business with the City of Seattle; Business Assessment; How to Effectively Respond to RFXs; Marketing Your Firm; Negotiating and Contracting; Understanding the Numerous Contracts Available to do Business; Executive Education; and Access to Capital. City of Seattle staff members and key partners—Craft3, TRIO Group, and the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center—will participate in the delivery of program services. Services will be offered in both a group setting as well as through customized, one-on-one sessions.

“We look forward to supporting the City of Seattle in building a more robust pipeline and increasing their spend with HUB/WMBEs and any firm interested in doing business with the City of Seattle. Similarly, we look forward to measuring HUB/WMBE and participating firms’ growth over the next 12 months as a result of the Technical Assistance provided,” says Fernando.

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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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Karla Malacon, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at (253) 243-6964 or email kmalacon@nwmmsdc.org.

Click here for a pdf of this press release.

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.