Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council Newsletter Vol.5, Issue 1  December/January 2010
in this issue
:: Message from Our President
:: Message from Our Board Chair
:: Message from the MBE Input Committee
:: Upcoming Events
:: NCMSDC Corporate Advocate Kathleen Trimble
:: Green Talks with Clean Light Green Light Hawaii
:: Strategic Alliance Partner Alameda County SBDC
:: MBE-to-MBE Spend: Customized Performance & Business Point Impressions
:: Success Stories
:: Our Sponsors

December 2009/January 2010 Newsletter

Message from President Scott A. Vowels
Scott (small version)"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-Thomas A. Edison
This quote is very appropriate in light of the advice I am going to offer to you this month. I am going to ask you to go beyond your NCMSDC certification and add to it Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) certification. I have spoken with one of my colleagues, Dr. Fred McKinney of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, and am reprinting his article concerning why you should get SDB certified. Becoming SDB certified will open up the door to more opportunities for your business. Please note that companies must still meet the $750,000 net worth requirement to become SDB certified.  In 2010 NCMSDC will be hosting...<Read More>
Message from Board Chair Bob Thompson II

Bob ThompsonAs the new NCMSDC Board Chair, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the first NCMSDC newsletter of 2010 and to express my enthusiasm for my new role within the Council.  I believe in the power of positive change and I will approach my responsibilities as your Chair with drive and passion.  As corporate members and certified Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), you form the Council and I see it as my responsibility to help NCMSDC continue its excellent work of providing you with access to the resources that help you succeed and grow your business...<Read More>
Message from the MBE Input Committee (MBEIC)

Certified MBE LogoThe MBEIC is very excited about 2010 and we are working hard to make this the best year for our community.  In collaboration with NCMSDC and our corporate members, we look forward to a successful New Year for everyone.  2009 was an economically challenging and trying year.  This was not lost on the MBEIC.  However, during this difficult year...<Read More>
32nd Annual Awards Gala
March 19, 2010
This event is open to the public!

Night at the Oscars You are cordially invited to join NCMSDC at our 2010 Annual Excellence in Supplier Diversity Awards Gala, "Night at the Oscars."  At the gala, we will be announcing the winners of our 2009 Awards, which recognize outstanding suppliers and corporations for their excellence and commitment to minority supplier development.  Our Early Bird Special ends on February 26 and registration closes on March 10. <Register Now>
MBEIC General Assembly (Q1)
February 17, 2010

General Assembly icon The Q1 General Assembly, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, will cover MBE-to-MBE Spend and Strategic Partnerships, as well as include an All Money is Green business event.  Discover how other MBEs turned their certification into contracts & more! <Register Now>

NCMSDC Corporate Advocate
Kathleen Trimble
Director, Office of Diversity
Robert Half International

Kathleen TrimbleKathleen Trimble, director of the Office of Diversity at Robert Half International(RHI), serves as a shining example of true advocacy for diversity and inclusion throughout California.  In her capacity as director, Kathleen is responsible for the management of RHI's national supplier diversity initiative and the company's diversity and inclusion programs... <Read More>

Green Talks
Wailana Kamauu
CEO, Clean Light Green Light Hawaii
NCMSDC Certified

Industry: LED Commercial Lighting
Clean Light Green Light 100What does being Green mean to Clean Light Green Light Hawaii?
Being Green allows CLGLHawaii to provide environmental preferred lighting options that help businesses and governments decrease their energy requirements and carbon footprint. Our product uses recyclable materials. We consider green options... <Read More>

Strategic Alliance Partner
Alameda County SBDC

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center, hosted by the Peralta Community College District, helps small businesses to start, grow and thrive by offering free business management counseling, providing free or low-cost training and referring businesses to other mission-critical small business resources. Focusing on results-oriented small business support, its team... <READ MORE>
Akraya, Inc.
Industry: IT Consulting and Staffing

Akraya Sonu 100
2009 was a year of success for Akraya, Inc. Akraya, a minority and Women owned Business, was ranked #9 Largest Women-Owned Business and #24 Fastest-Growing Private Company by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Akraya was also named 26th Fastest Growing Staffing Firms in the US and 6th Best Staffing Firm to Work for in the US, both by Staffing Industry Review Magazine... <READ MORE>

Certification Tip of the Month

Council News*ALWAYS input changes directly into the database first, then generate your application to print 

For more information on certification, please visit our Certification page and Frequently Asked Questions page.

Promoting Minority Supplier Development for Over 30 Years
Small LogoNCMSDC's mission is to provide Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) in Northern California & Hawaii w/nationally-recognized certification and to connect corporate members w/NCMSDC-certified MBEs.  Learn more about NCMSDC, Contact our staff or view our Board of Directors.

NCMSDC Awards Update

Awards iconIn addition to our traditional Supplier, Corporation, Executive, Corporate Buyer, and Corporate Coordinator Awards, NCMSDC is introducing two new awards this year: The Academy Award and Sourcing Manager of the Year Award.  Nominations are now closed and award candidates will be emailed their application forms.  All applications are due in the office no later than 5:00pm PST on February 17, 2010.  Good luck to all applicants!
MBEIC General Assembly (Q2)
May 11, 2010

General Assembly iconThe Q2 General Assembly, hosted by Lockheed Martin Space Systems CA, will be held in Sunnyvale on Tuesday, May 11.  At this event, you will learn the ins and outs of doing business with Lockheed Martin and more!  Details and agenda to be announced, so please visit our event page for updates <Register Now>

Our Corporate Advocate's Company: Robert Half International
For more than six decades, Robert Half International has specialized in placing highly skilled professionals with businesses that require their assistance. In that time, we have become the leading global provider of top talent on a temporary and full-time basis. Today, the Robert Half brands are among the most recognizable and widely respected in the industry. Our company helps people find employment that gives them a sense of dignity and financial security. Likewise, we help businesses grow by matching them with the skilled professionals they need to succeed... <Read More>

MBE-to-MBE Spend Success Story
Customized Performance & Business Point Impressions
Certified MBE LogoAt all NCMSDC events, there are 2 types of networking possible.  The first involves looking for opportunities to promote one's own business and explore new client relations.  Of equal importance is the second, which involves seeking suppliers within the minority supplier network. It is this last type of relationship that Norberto Velez, President of Customized Performance, established with Mike Elder, Account Manager with Business Point Impressions, during NCMSDC's Chevron Meet the Buyers event in April 2009....<Read More>

Star Partners Security Services, Inc.
Industry: Security

Star Partners 100
Myra Holmes, Owner, and Jacquie Heard, President, Star Partners Security Services Inc., won the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center's distinguished Established Entrepreneur Award in 2009.  They were honored at the Small Business Big Impact Annual Benefit and Fundraiser in October in San Francisco, CA.

Mosaic Global Transportation
Industry: Transportation

Mosaic 100Mosaic Global Transportation is honored to be one company amongst a select few that won a 3 year, $6.6 million nationwide transportation bid with one of the largest Fortune 100 companies in the world.  President & CEO Maurice Brewster said, "Our entire team worked hard in the preparation and delivery of this RFP and we are blessed to be included as one of the chosen suppliers."  Without the support of NCMSDC, this opportunity would not have been possible.
Join NCMSDC on February 11
Visit the NCMSDC BoothOn February 11, NCMSDC will be at the Oakland and East Bay Business and Procurement Fair, hosted by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.  Individual attendance is free and all are welcome to bring brochures about their products to share.  We encourage you to attend & visit our booth! <Register Now>
President's Tip for MBEs
Increase Your Exposure

MBEICCertified MBEs: Promote your business for free to both corporate members and your fellow certified MBEs by participating in our NCMSDC Blog.  For instructions on how to submit your information, please click here.
How to identify your company as a certified MBE: Do's & Don'ts

NCMSDC would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support

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