Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council NewsletterVol.5, Issue 5  November/December 2010
in this issue
:: Selfless Acts of Kindness
:: The San Francisco Giants as a Metaphor for NCMSDC
:: Corporate Advocate: Skip Skivington
:: In Memory of Shaun Gavagan, President & CEO, AV Images, Inc.
:: NCMSDC MBEs Are Making a Difference!
:: Our Sponsors

Special Holiday & Community Service Issue

Message from Our President: Selfless Acts of Kindness
Scott (small version)
"If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart."

Last year when we came out with the first community giving newsletter, I knew many of my NCMSDC certified MBEs had experienced a difficult year. This made me question the efforts of the Council--my efforts--and then I heard a story of one of my MBEs who had a very difficult year, but still found the time and resources to give back to the community...<Read More>

Message from Our Board Chair
The San Francisco Giants as a Metaphor for NCMSDC
Bob Thompson
If you live in the United States, you've heard of the San Francisco Giants.  If you follow sports, you also know that in November the Bay Area erupted in celebration as the Giants won the 2010 World Series.  Now, my purpose here is not to brag about the Giants-even though series MVP Edgar Renteria's homerun in the seventh was arguably one of the finest moments in the recent history of baseball.  Rather, my purpose is to show you how the Giants winning the World Series should serve as a metaphor for the Council in 2011...<Read More>

Corporate Advocate: Skip Skivington
Vice President of Operations, Procurement & Supply, Kaiser Permanente

Skip Skivington Kaiser Permanente HeadshotAs Vice President of Operations, Procurement & Supply, Skip Skivington drives Kaiser Permanente's supplier diversity at the senior executive and presidential levels.  His leadership within Kaiser Permanente's National Supplier Diversity has directly impacted the company's purchase of products and services from minority, women, veteran, and small businesses in and outside of its regions: in 2009 alone, Kaiser Permanente spent more than $600 million with diverse suppliers...<Read More about Skip Skivington>
Kaiser Permanente in the Community

In Memory of Shaun Gavagan
President and CEO of Certified MBE AV Images, Inc.
Shaun Gavagan 200Community Making a Difference...Even to One
by Steve Viss, Account Executive, AV Images, Inc.

Two business owners in Brentwood, CA, dreamed of opening a free clothing store for 1 day and desired to feed people of the streets in Brentwood on Thanksgiving Day. When I was asked to volunteer, I knew immediately that this was something AV Images would like to be a part of.  I explained this invitation to our Founder, President and CEO, Shaun Gavagan. He immediately responded with, "I'm in, and I'd love to personally be a part of this."
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Promoting Minority Supplier Development for Over 30 Years
NCMSDC'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.

Acendon, Inc.
Information Technology
The tough economic times have not only affected individuals but also the government agencies, Pleasanton Unified School district being one of them.  With recent budget cuts, teachers...<Read More>

Hispanic Lifestyle Company

CasaQ is hosting two Tamale Making 101 classes this season to benefit the Story Road Tamale Festival and San Jose Rainbows. Tamaladas, or tamale-making gatherings, are long standing tradition in Mexican and Latin-American homes...<Read More>

Darcey Builders, Inc.
General Contractor

Hal Darcey, the company founder, is big on volunteerism and instilled those values into his family as well as into the culture of Darcey Builders, Inc. Today, we still have people providing service freely to others...<Read More>
EXCEL Moving Services
Moving & Storage, Relocation Services
EXCEL Moving Services, as part of our GREEN effort to help the world, has become an authorized State of CA ECollective site.  For NCMSDC corporate members and certified MBEs, EXCEL will provide free pickup of electronics for disposal....<Read More>

Infoyogi LLCInfoyogi 100
IT Services
Infoyogi, a NCMSDC certified MBE, has been an active participant in many national and international volunteer programs.  In its work with Taproot Foundation, Infoyogi provides volunteer website design services to non-profits looking to attract more sponsors...<Read More>

Mosaic Global TransportationMaurice Brewster
Mosaic Global Transportation, in conjunction with the San Francisco 49ers, introduced a program called "The Safe Ride Program."  This program is a safe haven: just in case...<Read More>
OUTSOURCE Consulting Services, Inc.
Staff Augmentation, IT Consultancy, Specialized Training Services
OUTSOURCE Consulting Services, Inc. is always looking for opportunities to help the community....<Read More>

Q Analysts LLC
IT Staffing & Consulting Services

At Q Analysts, "Community Service" is a year-round, team-oriented practice.  Food collection efforts, an array of holiday volunteer activities and a plethora of charitable donations...<Read More>

SearchPros Solutions
Staffing & Human Resources

As small business owners, we appreciate and give back to the community for our firm and our family.  Here are just some highlights of our involvement in recent months: 1. Provided and Highlighted in this year's 2010 MDA...<Read More>

Trio Native American Enterprises, LLC
Printing, Ad agency services, consulting and supply chain mgmt systems
Trio is dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which we reside: Dennis Brooks - Supports and...<Read More>


Wayfinder provides marketing and business advice support to Expedition Balance, a non-profit organization committed to helping combat veterans who return home with emotional trauma regain their lives....<Read More>

3 Council MBEs Win Regional
NMSDC Awards
Class 2 - ICE Safety Solutions
Class 3 - Akraya, Inc.
Class 4 - SBM Site Services, LLC
2011 HI MBE Committee Sponsor
NCMSDC is proud to announce that The Walt Disney Company will be the 2011 Sponsor of the Hawaii MBE Advisory Committee.  For information about sponsor opportunities with HawaiiMSC contact
Agape Enterprises Consulting Inc.
Technology, Quality & Business Management Services consulting

The East Oakland Leadership Academy (EOLA) charter school is supported by Agape Enterprises.  Over the past 8 years, EOLA has constantly exceeded...<Read More>

Chicago Brand Industrial, Inc.
Chicago Brand has been in business for over 16 years, also volunteering our time and resources to support our local community during this time.  Eva Tsai Stone, founder and Chief Executive Officer, has been an active member of the Rotary Club...<Read More>

EDALS Consulting
Finance & Consulting

LaDonna Slade and Denise D. Johnson, founders of EDALS Consulting, passionately give their support to assist programs focused on helping Women and Children.  Recently, they volunteered their time to assist Women of Worth...<Read More>

Hixson Nagatani LLP
Legal Services (Management-Side Employment Law Firm)

Brian K. Nagatani, partner with Hixson Nagatani LLP, has served as the attorney coach for the Cupertino High School mock trial team for the past eight seasons.  Meeting with the team on a weekly basis from October through February, Brian has worked with students to...<Read More>

Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
Litigation Law Firm, Legal Services
Since 2007, Lafayette & Kumagai LLP has made annual charitable donations in support of community non-profit organization Capoeira Mandinga, which provides Afro-Brazilian arts programming for at-risk...<Read More>
Northbound, LLC
Service offerings in IT & DGS (Demand Generation Service)
Northbound's Teen Mentor Program is dedicated to helping underprivileged and unguided teenagers get mentored and exposed to a responsible and dignified work environment at an early...<Read More>
Pillar Pacific Capital Management, LLC
Financial Services
Pillar Pacific Capital Management, LLC (PPCM) emphasizes the importance of making a difference in the community and has been supporting a number of non-profit organizations...<Read More>

QAV Realty Services, Inc.
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage & Consulting
The founder and president of QAV Realty Services, Deborah Quok, is a past president of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network ("CREW"), so it is no surprise that QAV supports...<Read More>

Staffing & HR Solutions

Ginny Velasquez is the founder and CEO of TeamPersona Temporary Staffing. Ginny feels that giving back to the community is a responsibility of successful corporations.  Seeing the Hispanic community struggle with a 15% unemployment rate prompted her to take action....<Read More>

Way To Be
Promotional Products & Uniforms
Make It Easy To Be Good For Nothing! Way To Be has a commitment to being "good for nothing" (expecting nothing in return) and making it easy for the entire team to do so. Employees are offered one paid day...<Read More>
Williams, Adley & Company, LLP
Accounting (Certified Public Accountants/ Management Consultants)

WA Cares encourages employees and managers to get involved with local community projects and various organizations to give of their time, energy...<Read More>

NCMSDC would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support

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