From your MBEIC Chair
We are excited about the Outlook for 2019 and all MBEs should be too!
However, before touching on what’s in the works for MBEs at SMSDC, the MBEIC also wants to thank Toyota Manufacturing for generously hosting Stakeholder’s Meeting; and our SMSDC leadership for bringing MBEs the opportunity to have our First RTF General Meeting on this day. 
Both Member Corporations and MBEs alike enjoyed productive and informative sessions. Wouldn’t those of you who were there agree?

Our only regret is not having had more time to expand on our conversations after covering so many amazing news and starting to look into SMSDC’s and the MBEIC’s plans and ideas for this year.

As you know, some of the points that were presented included:
  • The introduction of SMSDC’s Board of Directors and the State of the Network.
  • Why Supplier Diversity Matters, the impactful force of MBEs in our communities, corporations and overall economy; and the role of Diversity in Social Responsibility. 
  • The value SMSDC and NMSDC offer through their mission and commitment to create opportunities and to building a bridge between corporations and MBEs.
  • The release of SMSDC’s and new Website.
  • News about how a Texan investor and philanthropist recognized all the council’s value and has committed to sustaining SMSDC’s current and ongoing programs in support of MBEs.
  • A peek into SMSDC’s partnering opportunities with other organizations and entities for the benefits of MBEs; including potential consideration of certifications and event notifications from industry groups and government agencies and universities; such as vendor fairs.
  • Why involvement, active participation and volunteering at SMSDC and NMSDC are key for MBEs and Corporations to get their return of investment in the council.
  • Why it is important for MBEs to remain flexible and stay focused on what we do best.
  • The offering of the all new Plus Platform for corporations and MBEs to effectively market and connect with each other.
  • The importance of MBE to MBE relationships;
  • And so much more.

We know how it is not easy to drop everything to be 100% involved in SMSDC; however, when we as MBEs and Corporate Members understand and can better convey to our teams or top executives the importance of increasing our commitment as a collective effort; we can better plan and actually do more. With this in mind, presentations tailored to MBEs and Member Corporations with content on the importance of involvement were presented, and are made available to you. Please visit SMSDC's new website, www.smsdc.org , to learn more.  

Thank you to all of you who signed up to be part of our RTF or MBEIC. Candidates’ names are in the review process for further consideration. Please be on the lookout for updates soon!

Beatriz Fernandez


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

Buffalo Industries Group, LLC - Jay, OK
Goodman MBE Group GP, LLC - Boerne, TX
Goodman MBE Group, LP - San Antonio, TX
JC Floors, LLC - Pflugerville, TX
TAP Design Management, LLC - Oklahoma City, OK

American Ckritical Energy Systems, Inc.
Arepet Industries LLC
Avanzar Interior Technologies, Ltd
B2B Transport Market LLC
Cocolevio LLC
Ebony Media Operations LLC
ECM International, Inc.
Garza EMC, LLC
Hepeca Logistics
Instant Data Technologies, Inc.
Ivy Rod, Inc.
MagRabbit, Inc.
P.D. Morrison Enterprises
R&B Fleet Services LLC
Ragar Transportation, Ltd.
RMP Inc. dba RMP Temps, Inc.
RMP, Inc. dba R. M. Personnel, Inc.
Romedu Express, LLC
SEL Acquisitions Group, LLC
Specialized Services LLC
Suarez Bros. Crane & Heavy Haul, LLC
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 March :
Wednesday, March 6th
Wednesday, March 13th
Wednesday, March 20th
Wednesday, March 27th
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

Have you Opted In to the MBE2MBE Portal? Are you looking for opportunities with other MBEs?

To increase your market presence with other MBEs, after you log in on the Certification site , go to the MBE2MBE option and click on Opt In. This will allow other MBEs who are interested in doing business with you to find you and connect.
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 .
April 4, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio Regional Task Force
Treco Services, 904 N. Zarzamora
San Antonio, TX 78207

April 11, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Oklahoma State University, 408 Whitehurst Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078

April 17, 2019
Austin Regional Task Force
Austin, 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

March 26, 2019
Mexico's Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit 2019
El Paso, TX

March 26-27, 2019
El Paso, TX

April 2, 2019
The Texas A&M University System
Houston, TX

April 3, 2019
Inagural WeConnectNM Small Business Summit
Alburquerque, NM

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.

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.
2019 Premier Face Time Expo &
Golf Tournament
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.
2019 MBE Business Showcase
April 11, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Stillwater, OK
SMSDC's Oklahoma Regional Task Force (RTF) invites you to join us on Thursday, April 11th, at The Oklahoma State University Student Union #1600, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Showcase and Luncheon is a program sponsored by Oklahoma State University to create a business environment that promotes access and increases business opportunities for minority-owned businesses. It is a forum where major corporations and minority businesses can build business relationships.

The Showcase features business presentations from certified minority businesses and corporate members, a business card exchange and networking.

  • Develop New Contracts and Referrals
  • Develop Meaningful Business Relationships
  • Gain Visibility with Major Corporations
  • Gain Visibility with Minority Businesses
  • Meet Qualified Minority Businesses

Registration Fees:
  • $20 per person or $40 for two person

Why participate?
For Corporations:
You can develop powerful, productive business partnerships with 
minority businesses.

For Minority Businesses:
You can market your products and services to some of the largest corporations in the state of Oklahoma and develop business relationships that could lead to long-term partnerships with major corporations.
Sponsored by:
Are you a manufacturer?

We would like you to join us at the  Mexico's Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit 2019.  
It is a unique opportunity for leading OEM's and potential suppliers to meet and identify new business partners.  
* Please note this VIP complimentary full access passes is for Supply Chain Manufacturers and OEMs ONLY. 
A manufacturer is defined as a company that transforms raw materials into parts that actually are assembled in a vehicle, an aircraft, in home appliances, medical or firms that assemble food industry machinery. 
If you are not a Supply Chain manufacturer, you are not eligible for this complimentary VIP passes.

Service Supply Firm: Companies that provide a service or product that directly supports the manufacturing process. 

Professional Services: Consultants, Lawyers, 3PL, Accountants, HR, Real Estate Brokerage, Industrial Developers, Government and Promotional Agencies, Shelter Service Providers, etc. 

Supply Chain Manufacturers will benefit from:
  • B2B Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Logistics and 3PL's
  • Exhibition Floor
  • Networking
  • Potential Business Expansion
  • Competitive Knowledge


Benchmarking Plus is a process for corporations that seek to accelerate their supplier diversity initiatives based on real world experimentation. This two year process takes your corporation from where it is today to where it needs to be in the future in order to engage minority businesses in a sustainable manner.  Benchmarking Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your corporation determine what it is doing right and how you can help it approve. 

Capacity Plus is a process for certified minority business enterprises that seek to enhance their sales and marketing processes and build their capacity to work with Fortune 500 corporations. This two year process provides practical insights that will help you address business challenges.  Capacity Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your company demystify corporate procurement processes.  
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. 

If you are interested in signing up, please contact Mayra Pena at   mayra@smsdc.org  or call 915.433.0612. 
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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