From your MBEIC Chair
Taking Advantage of Development Opportunities at SMSDC!
I have had the opportunity to participate in meetings and calls with MBEIC Chairs from other councils; and when we discuss the value of NMSDC and our regional councils offer MBEs, it stands out in my mind how SMSDC has for years offered something unique, and we have sometimes take it for granted; or what is even worse, not even participated in it when Capacity Plus was offered free of cost.

Perhaps we overlooked participating in these sessions because we didn’t fully understand how this key pillar “DEVELOPMENT” could actually help us and our businesses get closer to opportunities and to our goals, or because we did not know this is what was taking place at these classes.

I must admit, I have wished I could have “the right recipe” to getting the right connection or contract, but I may have missed some of those opportunities when they were in front of me, as I just didn’t know how to approach or cultivate them. This is what Capacity Plus can do for us.

The Capacity Plus program teaches us and helps us map our route, follow the right steps, stop and correct course as needed, have the flexibility required to adapt to different circumstances, and more. In addition to this, the program now will offer tools that can help us more efficiently register and cost effectively market to prospects, increasing our visibility in front of participating corporations.

Doesn’t this sound like what we have been looking for or what us MBEs have needed for so long? I have learned some of the right (and the wrong) ways of pursuing opportunities in spite of how much I have still to learn; and I know I need to better market to corporations. If this is offered at SMSDC, I (and I would say all MBEs) should take advantage of this great resource not offered (YET) by other councils.

I hope you make the decision that is right for you and take this opportunity to learn more about the Capacity Plus Program and Platform.

See you soon!

Beatriz Fernandez


MARCH 2019
RA Outdoors, LLC - Austin, TX
Ping Identity Corporation - Austin, TX

Deeleslie Lawn Service, LLC - Austin, TX
Greenview, LLC - Austin, TX
KU Consulting LLC - Austin, TX
Debra R Richardson - Owasso, OK

Beyond Broadband Solutions - Austin, TX
Capital Land Services - Edmond, OK
James Harshman, LLC - Lytle, TX
Rescue Heating & Air, LLC - Alice, TX
Sanitary Clean, LLC - Austin, TX
SEB, LLC - Austin, TX
Tolbert Enterprises, Inc - Tulsa, OK
VanHern Logistics, LLC - Laredo, TX


MARCH 2019
A Medrano Produce LLC
Alamo Analytical Laboratories, LTD
Amaida Machine Shop, LLC
Appro, Inc.
Associated Building and Development Corp
Aztec Machine & Repair, Inc.
CDI Technology Services
Champion Supply Company, LLC.
Cranes & Material Handling Inc.
Desert Paper & Envelope Co. Inc.
Dorada Poultry, LLC.
EELCO Supply Chain Solutions
Enrique Mata Sr. Drywall, LLC
goERO International, LLC
Great Southwest Tool Company
Hanseatic Management Services, Inc.
Horizone Construction, 1 Ltd
Human Capital International, LLC
J.O. Alvarez, Inc.
Lopez Foods, Inc.
LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
MD Choice Logistics LLC
Ostos LLC
Pancho's Transportation Services, LLC
Pencil Cup Office Products, Inc.
Recruit Veterans
Rose's Southwest Papers, Inc.
SARF Locksmith, LLC
Seegrove LLC
Transportation Demand Management LLC
UIS International Services Corp
Requirement for All New MBEs: 

You must participate in the training prior to the Certification Committee reviews your application. 

All new MBE's must attend a Pre-Certification & Post-Certification training. The training will be held by conference call several times a month for each session. Please make sure to attend one pre-certification & one post-certification training in order to complete the certification process. Appointment is not necessary. 

The following are dates available for April:
Wednesday, April 3rd
Wednesday, April 10th
Wednesday, April 17th
Wednesday, April 24th
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code: 372354#
En Español:
La llamada requerida para poder obtener la Certificacion de Minoria esta disponible cada Miercoles del mes de 11am - 12pm CST. Esta conferencia es requerida para todas las certificationes nuevas. 
Porfavor marcar al 641-715-0700, codigo: 372354#
Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make the most of my MBE Certification?

Active participation with SMSDC and our events is just one way to utilize your certification. Stay up to date with upcoming events through our website for opportunities to participate and meet others in our network.

SMSDC Certification Expire!

Check the expiration date on your SMSDC certification. As a courtesy reminder your certification is about to expire, you will receive an e-mail notification from the AdaptOne portal which looks similar to the image above. DO NOT ignore this e-mail. It may to your spam or junk mail. 

Once your SMSDC certification expires, ALL MBEs have to complete the entire certification process from the beginning. For those MBEs in the STATE OF TEXAS, in addition to completing the entire certification process all over again, the HUB certification, which enables you to bid on contracts, is no longer valid.  The HUB certification process is only done once a month. This means for those MBEs in the State of Texas, they will now have to wait an entire month for their HUB certification.  
Please contact Gabrielle Ramirez at  gabrielle@smsdc.org  for assistance on your SMSDC ReCertification.
If this is a  New Application , and you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact Alana Ortega at 512.297.6478 during regular business hours or send an e-mail to  alana@smsdc.org.

If this is a ReCertification , and you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact Gabrielle Ramirez at 512.386.8766 during regular business hours or send an e-mail to  gabrielle@smsdc.org .

Whether you are new to supplier diversity or an industry veteran, increasing diverse supplier participation in your corporation’s supply chain can be difficult. Subscribe today to get more done in less time.

  1. Strategic Vision
  2. Process Design
  3. Establishing Impactful Supplier Diversity Steering Committees
  4. Opportunity Assessment 
  5. Second Tier Program Strategies 2.0 
  6. Supplier Sourcing and Development: Current Requirements
  7. Supplier Sourcing and Development: Future Requirements 
  8. Diverse Supplier Capacity Building 
  9. Program Measurement and Reporting
  10. Internal and External Communication Strategies
  11. Education and Training
  12. Process Improvement 

Crack the Corporate Code
Selling to big corporations is tough. You have to be able to make a difference, grow demand, create value with knowledge and expertise. It’s no easy task, but we are here to help. Subscribe today to get a year’s worth of success tools:

  1. What Only CEOs Can Do
  2. Establishing and Maintaining a Strategic Partnership with a F500 Corporation
  3. Managing the Four Most Undervalued Functions in Business
  4. The MBE Value Proposition 
  5. Why MBEs Must Excel at Marketing AND Sales 
  6. The Role of Relationship Management in Your Growth Strategy
  7. Responding to Corporate RFPs
  8. Capacity Building fuels Your Growth Strategy
  9. Leveraging Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions to Grow Your Business
  10. The Anatomy of Two Big Deals: One Worked, One Didn’t WorkLeveraging Second Tier Opportunities to build your Business 
  11. Establishing an Impactful Advisory Board
Benchmarking Plus  & Capacity Plus  are led by Johnson Controls Inc, a world leader in supplier diversity, with more than 600 diverse suppliers and $1.8 billion in diverse spend. 

  • Corporate Members: The annual cost for Benchmarking Plus is $999. The registration fee includes access to all webinars, featured courses, online & onsite classes. If you are interested in signing up, please register for the BENCHMARKING PLUS PLATFORM here.

  • Certified MBEs: The annual cost for Capacity Plus is $499. The registration fee includes access to all webinars, featured courses, online & onsite classes. If you are interested in signing up, please register for the CAPACITY PLUS PLATFORM here.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mayra Pena at   mayra@smsdc.org  or call 915.433.0612. 

April 17, 2019
Austin Regional Task Force
JE Dunn Construction
2010 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste., 201
Austin, TX 78704

May 2, 2019
El Paso Regional Task Force
Pedraza Customhouse Brokers, Inc
6060 Surety, El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX

June 12-13, 2019
The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W. Market St.,
San Antonio, TX

June 14, 2019
The Resort Course @ La Cantera Golf Club, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX

July 31 – Aug 1, 2019
“2019 New Frontier Buyer’s Breakfast Roundtable”
The Skirvin Hotel, 1 Park Ave., Oklahoma City, OK

September 11-12, 2019
"2019 Diversity at the Border Buyer’s Breakfast Roundtable”
 The Doubletree Hotel, 600 N. El Paso St., El Paso, TX

April 17, 2019
UT Austin HUB "Open for Business Diversity" Vendor Fair
Austin, TX

April 18, 2019
"Marketing for Success" HUB Vendor Fair
Austin, TX
  Flyer   and  Registration form .

April 30, 2019
City of Austin Airport Rental Car Supplier Diversity Outreach
Austin, TX
Contact: Blender Hill @ 512.974.7677, blender.hill@austintexas.gov .

May 21, 2019
15th Procurement and Contracting Symposium
El Paso, TX

*Dear Community Partners,
If you would like to submit an event to post on our monthly newsletter, please submit all of the event details to Mayra Pena via email at mayra@smsdc.org . Events will be reviewed to make sure the information & content will be beneficial to our Certified MBEs and/or corporate members before posting on our newsletter and/or website.
Join us in Austin
MBE "Idol" Training

Join us as we kick off the 2019  MBE "Idol"  competition in Austin, TX. This event, MBE "Idol" Training is the first of four rounds through the annual competition.

Learn key tips from industry expert Ignacio Guzman, CEO of LatinBrand. He is eager to share his expertise and present,  "Learn to Market Yourself in 7 Easy Steps",  an informational discussion to get you ready for Corporate America.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Location: JE Dunn, 2010 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste 201, Austin, TX 78704
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary

Join us in El Paso
MBE "Idol" Training
Are you looking to learn more about how to market your business?
Are you interested in doing business with Dell?

This is your event!

Join us on Thursday, May 2nd in El Paso, TX as we kick off the MBE "Idol" competition.

Speaker information coming soon!
Date: Thursday, May 2nd
Location: Pedraza Customhouse Brokers
6060 Surety, El Paso, TX
(location is off the Geronimo Exit, behind IHOP)
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary

MBE “Idol” , introduced in 2017, is a platform created by corporate member, Dell, to develop and assist MBEs in presenting their “sales pitch” to Corporate America. The annual competition features corporate buyers/MBEs who will mentor MBEs competitors through four rounds; TRAINING, PRELIMINARIES, SEMI-FINALS & FINALS. 

The winner of  MBE "Idol"  is awarded a  ONE on ONE exclusive meeting with a corporate executive  from DELL, in addition to a newsletter feature, keynote speaking opportunities and serving as an honorary judge in the following annual competition.

2017 MBE "IDOL" Winner  - Debbie Trevino, President of Treco Services from San Antonio, TX

2018 MBE "IDOL" Winner  - Beatriz Fernandez, Business Development Director of DataXport.net, LLC from El Paso, TX


2019 Premier Face Time Expo
& Golf Tournament
"Celebrating 20 years of Service"
June 12-14, 2019
San Antonio, TX

Join us for SMSDC’s biggest event of the year! This annual event is a networking forum
designed to connect Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with corporations that are looking
for procurement opportunities with diversity suppliers. The three day event will be full of
networking and educational opportunities kicking off with an exciting golf tournament!

June 12-13, 2019
Premier Face Time Expo
The Westin Riverwalk Hotel
420 W. Market St., San Antonio, TX

June 14, 2019
Premier Face Time Celebrity Golf Tournament
La Cantera Golf Club, Resort Course
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

Early bird registration now open! Save $50 off your online registration by signing up before May 10, 2019
Use code: DISCOUNT50 when registering.
Hotel Accommodations:
Book your hotel accommodations at the 2019 Premier Face Time host hotel, The Westin Riverwalk.

The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio creates an unforgettable atmosphere for your Texas stay. The downtown hotel offers upscale hotel rooms with marble bathrooms, indulgent pillow top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, ample desks and Wi-Fi. Many rooms enjoy balconies or terraces overlooking San Antonio or the vibrant Riverwalk.

SMSDC's room block rate is $189 per night. Last day to make your reservation is Tuesday, May 21st.
Association Energy Service Professionals (AESP) Conference
January 24th in San Antonio, TX

SMSDC's President & CEO, Karen Box, participated in the Supplier Diversity panel during AESP's conference. Her discussion included the advantage of minority certification and how the requirements behind the utility companies for such certification. She also discussed how to engage more as a prime and how a utility company may initiate a supplier diversity program.

Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit association, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, demand-side management and demand response programs. AESP provides professional development programs, access to a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience.

To learn more about AESP, please visit www.aesp.org .
2019 MBE Public Policy Day
February 12th in Austin, TX
MBEs gathered in Austin to meet with elected and appointed officials, state agency and department professionals to address public policy issues and their impact to minority business enterprises in the State of Texas.

SMSDC is excited to introduce the newest addition to our team, Alana Ortega, Certification Manager.
You can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out the girl! Alana left Texas 15 years ago to move to North Carolina and while living there developed a love for Supplier Diversity. She now has come back to San Antonio to share her passion for networking & building relationships with MBEs and Corporations.

You can reach Alana at alana@smsdc.org or via cell phone at 512.297.6478
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