Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council NewsletterVol.5, Issue 2 April/May 2010
in this issue
:: Excellence in Supplier Diversity Award Winners
:: NCMSDC in Hawaii
:: Bid Opportunities
:: Green Talks with Way To Be
:: Argosy University Offers Free Consulting to NCMSDC MBEs
:: Native American MBEs Needed
:: Our Sponsors

April/May 2010 Newsletter

Message from President Scott A. Vowels
Scott (small version)It's Not Just Business... It is Personal
Today is May 25, 2010 and it is my 45th birthday. It's also been 1 year and 2 months since I became your NCMSDC President. (March 16, 2009 at 8:25 a.m. was my actual start date and time, but who's counting?)  I tell you this because these are landmark dates for me. This is a time for personal reflection as to the current direction of the Council and the job I am doing as President of the NCMSDC. Most of us go through this process whether we're a business owner, business development specialist, supplier diversity manager, procurement specialist or basically anybody with a job....<Read More>
Message from Board Chair Bob Thompson II

Bob ThompsonOver the last few months, NCMSDC has worked to help Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) get ready for opportunities in the federal and federal prime space.  Through past events like the SDB Certification Basics webinar and the recent Q2 General Assembly hosted by Lockheed Martin, as well as upcoming events like "Meet Apple's Global Supply Managers" (which requires SDB Certification), NCMSDC is encouraging its MBEs to increase their certifications, broaden their business focus, and...<Read More>
Message from the MBE Input Committee (MBEIC)

Certified MBE LogoThe purpose of the MBE Input Committee (MBEIC) is to provide counsel and recommendations so that programs and projects implemented by NCMSDC are relevant and supportive of minority business development.  One way that the committee is able to make such recommendations is to ask for help from our certified MBEs of the NCMSDC....<Read More>
Congratulations to Our Excellence in Supplier Diversity Award Winners

Corporation of the Year, Category 1 Winner: Union Bank
Corporation of the Year, Category 2 Winner: Kaiser Permanente
Executive of the Year: Desmond A. Bell, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
President's Award: Chevron Corporation
MBE Input Committee Academy Award: Cisco Systems, Inc.
Sourcing Manager of the Year: Prem Chhabria, Chevron Corporation
Corporate Buyer of the Year: Michelle Nishikubo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Corporate Coordinator of the Year: Kathleen Trimble, Robert Half International
Supplier of the Year, Class 1 Winner (Annual sales of less than $1M): V.S. Supply Company
Supplier of the Year, Class 2 Winner (Annual sales from $1M-10M): ICE Safety Solutions
Supplier of the Year, Class 3 Winner (Annual sales from $10M-$50M): Akraya, Inc.
Supplier of the Year, Class 4 Winner (Annual sales greater than $50M): Rose International

NCMSDC in Hawaii
HI Minority Supplier Certification

Hawaiian Flag In April 2010, NCMSDC returned to Hawaii as part of our initiative to connect Corporate America with local businesses, spread awareness about minority certification, and help ensure that business opportunities stay in Hawaii.  With the support of Johnson Controls, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Wyndham Worldwide... <Read More>

Bid Opportunities

In an effort to better improve the services we provide our MBEs, we have recently revamped the bid opportunities section of our website. We have added links to government and corporate contracting opportunity databases, such as Alameda County, BART, and PG&E, to name a few. These links will remain at the top of the bid opportunity list, providing a singular source of contracting opportunities for MBEs.  To access: 1. Enter your email address and password under MBE Login; and 2. Click on View Bid Opportunities.

Green Talks
Alan McIntosh & Wayne Beasley
Partners, Way To Be
NCMSDC Certified

Industry: Promotional Products & Uniforms
Way To BeWhat tips can you offer other MBEs that are interested in going Green?
Not only is it responsible to go green, but it can save you money! Start by... <Read More>

Certification Tip of the Month

Council News*ALWAYS make your check payable to "NCMSDC" and not "NMSDC" whether first applying or recertifying 

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

Argosy University Offers Free Consulting to NCMSDC MBEs

Argosy UniversityIn 2009, under the direction of College of Business professors at Argosy University, a group of highly-educated graduate students volunteered their time and skills to provide free marketing & communications consultation to 2 NCMSDC certified MBEs, Way To Be Designs, LLC and Mosaic Global Transportation... <Read More>
Native American MBEs Needed

NCMSDC President Vowels is taking steps to address the lack of certified Native American MBEs in the Council's pool of minority businesses.  His efforts include developing the strategic alliance partnership with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California and assisting them in providing business training for their members during events like "How to Start a Business from the American Indian Business Perspective."  In December, President Vowels served as speaker for the business certifications and how to do business with Corporate America segments of the event.

"The team at the NCMSDC led by Scott and Melissa has conducted extraordinary outreach and provided wonderful educational support to our American Indian Chamber membership and our community at large.  We are very thankful for the energy and partnership exhibited by this regional council of the NMSDC and look forward to certifying more and more of our American Indian/Alaska Native businesses - AND the successful obtaining of business contracts through the NCMSDC process." - Tracy Stanhoff, President, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of CA

Currently, only 2.87% of NCMSDC MBEs are Native American.  If you know any Native American MBEs that might benefit from certification please encourage them to visit us online at

MBE Input Committee
All Money is Green
Certified MBE LogoOn February 17, 2009, the MBEIC held the very successful All Money is Green: MBE-to-MBE Spend event.  Over sixty NCMSDC MBEs took part.  The evening began with an informative panel...<Read More>
Register Now for our August 5th Expo
Business is Personal: Build Your Network, Build Your Future
August 5, 2010
San Jose Convention Center
435 South Market St., Exhibit Hall #2
San Jose, CA
Click here to register!

Denise Coley, Director, Supplier Diversity Business Development, Cisco Systems, was honored as the SBA's San Francisco District Office Minority Business Advocate of the Year
Technology Integration Group (TIG) was listed as an honoree of's "Champions of Diversity" award for 2010.  Other honorees include NCMSDC Corporate Members AT&T Services, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, The Coca-Cola Company, and Cisco
Flaneur Media was invited by The Walt Disney Company to present at its Supplier Diversity Showcase in April at the Las Vegas Hilton
Robert Vermillion, CEO, RMV Technology Group, LLC, will be presenting a two-day course on Suspect Counterfeit Detection, Avoidance, and Mitigation at Oxford University in June in support of their Continuing Education Program

Testimonial: Droisys, Inc.
"We were struggling to Procure our ongoing contract with CITGO last year but the excellent team of NCMSDC helped us get the certification within limited time and we were able to continue the relationship with our fortune 500 client.  NCMSDC certification gave us the opportunity to connect with prospective clients that was not possible for us earlier. Also we are able to meet likeminded entrepreneurs and understood the formula of collaboration and strategic partnership to reach our goals. We got certified in July 2009 and by Dec 2009 we were doing more than $400K business within the NCMSDC community and were able to maintain our contracts with some major clients. We are proud to be a member of NCMSDC."

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 would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support

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