DEVAL L. PATRICK
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
REGINALD A. NUNNALLY
In this issue:
• Executive Director's Focus
(Access to Capital)
• Disadvantage Business
• Client Spotlight
• DBE Supportive Services
• You are not Alone
• Partner Spotlight
• BID Opportunities
• Upcoming Events
SDO January 2011 Activity For State and Federal Certification Program
Newly Certified Businesses
Focus (Access to Capital)
Massachusetts Capital Corporation Growth Fund
The creation and $35 million capitalization of the MGCC was formed to serve as a one-stop resource for small businesses seeking capital and advice. Governor Deval Patrick's
vision of consolidating the Community Development Finance Corporation (CDFC) and The Economic Stabilization Trust (EST), two state entities previously responsible for debt
and equity financing and business advice. Businesses now have a centralized resource at the state-level that will be able to offer working capital, loan guarantees, grants
and financial guidance -- including one-on-one mentoring services.
The purpose of the MGCC is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and promote economic development in underserved, gateway
municipalities and low and moderate-income communities.
As part of the Administration's efforts to promote job growth and long-term economic recovery, the Governor enacted an economic development act designed to help small
businesses create jobs by providing access to capital through the MGCC, streamlining the Commonwealth's economic development activities and agencies, providing more
transparent and equitable bond financing terms for educational and health care facilities and approving a sales tax holiday for retailers and consumers.
Capitalization for the MGCC came from a $20 million capital bond authorization and through a $15 million transfer from Mass Development's Emerging Technology Fund. This
funding will allow MGCC to continue its revolving loan fund program, expand its annual loan volume and provide technical assistance to small businesses. The MGCC will have
broad authority to use its resources to leverage private capital for small businesses, including loan guarantees. This is one more step in the Governors Promise of Access
For more information please visit www.mcdfc.com.
Disadvantage Business Enterprise
Unified Certification Program (UCP)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Expands Program to Help Small Businesses Participate in Transportation Programs
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a final rulemaking that will help economically and socially disadvantaged businesses take advantage
of opportunities to participate in federally funded highway, transit and airport projects. The final rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today,
will also hold states and local agencies more accountable for including disadvantaged businesses in their transportation plans
“When we help small businesses, we’re helping to get the economy going,” said Secretary LaHood. “This rule will help small and disadvantaged businesses get a fair shot
at participating in state and local transportation projects.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program helps small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically
disadvantaged individuals compete for government contracts. The Department also requires state and local transportation agencies to establish goals for DBE participation.
The Department of Transportation’s new rulemaking will require greater accountability from state and local transportation agencies for including disadvantaged businesses
in their spending plans. Those that fail to meet established goals for DBE participation will be required to evaluate why the goals were not met and offer a plan to help
meet the goal in the future.
In addition, the final rule will adjust the personal net worth limit for DBE owners for inflation from the present $750,000 to $1.32 million. The current limit was set
in 1989 and has not been adjusted since.
The Department of Transportation’s rulemaking will also add provisions to ensure that prime contractors fulfill commitments to use DBE subcontractors. State and local
agencies will be required to monitor each contract to make sure prime contractors are fulfilling their obligations and do not dismiss DBE subcontractors without good cause.
The rule also requires state and local agencies to create a plan for improving the use of small businesses, including DBEs.
Another major change under the rulemaking will reduce burdens on small businesses seeking DBE certification in more than one state. As a result of today’s rulemaking,
all states will be required to accept DBE certifications obtained in other states, unless the state finds good cause not to accept it. The rule establishes a process for
resolving issues with respect to eligibility raised by states concerning out-of-state firms.
The Department anticipates issuing a proposed rulemaking to make changes in its regulation for airport concession DBEs paralleling those in today’s final regulation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s final rule to improve the DBE Program appeared on the Federal Register’s Electronic Public Inspection Desk today. For the full
Federal Register notice Download .
DBE Client Spotlight
A-Plus Welding & Ironworks
A-Plus Welding and Ironworks was established in 2008. They are a small local company of Ironworkers located in Roxbury Massachusetts. Everyone thought that it was a difficult
time to start a business because of the economy and deep national recession. Banks were not lending, and were actually rescinding lines of credit. Larger construction firms
were going bankrupt thus crippling the smaller companies that were doing subcontracting work. Conducting business in Massachusetts as a minority company has had its difficulties
and set backs. Mr. Jordans friends were losing their jobs and their homes. As a result Mr. Jordan decided to take a chance and thus A-Plus Welding was established and became
the catalyst to creating jobs and working towards rebuilding the infrastructure in Massachusetts.
As an Ironworker he was familiar with Infrastructures. Bridge repair, Tunnels, Highways, and Waterways and knew there was a need for repairs. He and his employees wanted
to make a difference, wanted to create wealth for himself and his family and wanted to participate in the new Massachusetts economy. Being certified as a DBE, and MBE by
the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office and participating in their technical assistance program is making a difference in how I am moving my company forward.
The agency is going beyond certification and it is making a big difference to small firms such as A-Plus Welding and Iron Works.
His company is currently working on the Neponset River Bridge Rehab Project with the JF. White Co. where they are reinforcing the Bridge with more than a hundred tons of rebar
to make it safe. They are also contracted to work on the Four Corners MBTA Station along the Fairmont Corridor which will service the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan
communities and is currently bidding on an opportunity at Massport. A-Plus Welding and Iron Works believes in quality workmanship in every aspect of what they do and believes
that helping others is the most important job they can have.
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Edible Arrangements in South Boston recently marked it's third anniversary and it's first in their new location at 327 West Broadway, South Boston. Toya Farrar, franchise
owner for the South Boston store opened her doors in 2007 to help children and adults discover a fresh and unique way to eating healthy. Edible Arrangements creates floral
sculpted fruit from fresh pineapples, strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. In addition, the store offers apples, oranges, bananas, and pineapples dipped in
Farrar attributes the assistance received from the SDO last year in receiving a loan through funds made available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
signed by President Barack Obama to help fund her relocation from East Broadway to West Broadway in South Boston. With the help from the local community and her staff,
she was able to turn a difficult situation into a successful move. Aligned with Farrar's optimistic attitude, the store's mission is to provide superior customer service
and delivery a quality product that surpasses expectations. Farrar and her staff aims to "WOW" every customer.
Farrar is the only SDO certified Edible Arrangements franchisee is Massachusetts and also the recipient of the 2010 Women of Courage and Conviction Award presented by the national Council of
Negro Women Greater Boston Section. She is an active member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the South Boston Chamber of Commerce. Farrar also partners with
local churches and schools to donate extra fruit. She aims to help everyone get more fruit into their diets for a healthier lifestyle.
Westnet, Inc. wanted to take this opportunity to keep the certified business community up to date with the progress of their business and provide some information which may be
helpful to "fellow entrepreneurs".
The Supplier Diversity Office as well as others have contributed to Westnet as well as his personal growth in leadership. As the company has been fortunate to capture business
locally "the jury has been out" toward his confidence of developing a relationship with a National let alone Worldwide organization. He found it difficult for diverse businesses
to meet the needs of a National and International organizations which promoted supplier diversity yet appeared structured to purchase from entities which have National and
International "reach". He believed significant creativity and an abandonment from traditional practices would have to take place.
He also believed that he would not experience an opportunity any time soon. He has indicated that he was wrong!
Recently Pfizer and Westnet agreed (signed contract) to establish a business relationship whereby, Westnet Inc. distribute (sell and deliver) to Pfizer BD products relative to
their Research and Life Science needs. In addition, Pfizer qualified its objectives and intentions of providing continuous opportunities (increase procurement of other products)
to Westnet given the success of the initial agreement. This is an important achievement to Westnet Inc. yet it is of equal importance, if not more in which the manner this
development took place.
Westnet, Inc. had been introduced to Pfizer at The New England and National Minority Supplier Development Council's Conferences in Foxwoods and Miami. Ms. Gwendolyn Turner,
Director of Supplier Diversity for Pfizer facilitated the communication and coordination that ensured a matching of goods and services of Westnet Inc. to respective procurement
personnel. Their introduction to procurement was met with a sincere and genuine response toward developing a relationship which has now resulted in the above mentioned business
Mr. Thompson indicated "I find great significance in this scenario to the Supplier Diversity Office and the New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Ms. Turner, the
procurement community of Pfizer, and Pfizer as a whole for demonstrating a genuine commitment to a diverse and local business, I don't believe it will stop with Westnet."
B.D. Nayak Architects & Planners, Inc.
B. D. Nayak Architect and Planner received a 2010 Best of Business Award in the Architects category from the Small Business Commerce Association. The Best of Business Award
program consisted of 5 million nominees across all 50 states in 2500 cities. Mr. Nayak's company has been certified as an MBE since 1985; previously, he won awards for his work
from Mayor Menino and the Mass Housing Finance Agency. He designed the new Cruise port in Gloucester and the Radisson Hotel in Brockton, see the enclosed images.
For more information on Small Business Commerce Association
B. D. specializes in Master Planning, Urban Design & site planning, Architectural Design, Engineering Services, Interior Design, Landscape, Facade Designs, to see more of his
DBE Supportive Services Program
DBE Supportive Services Program
The DBE SS Program is an initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and facilitated through the Massachusetts Department of
Transportation (MassDOT). The DBE SS Program is administered by Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) and includes a DBE SS Advisory Board, an Opportunities Database, Getting Connected
events, Match Making events, and a "Doing Business with MassDOT" brochure. The program also includes a business development tract which features classroom-style curriculum geared
towards the individual business as well as specialized business development. SDO has recruited 15 ready, willing, and able DBEs to participate in the 2011 DBE SS Business
Development Tract Program. If you are a RWA and are interested in the business tract portion of the program, please contact Brian Ross at 617-973-8574 or Mary Richmond at
DBE SS Advisory Board
The Advisory Board has taken on the role of drafting a charter for its direction in how best to identify, analyze and recommend initiatives that will have a positive impact on
the DBE Supportive Services Program. A system has been established to track important information and issues of which the Advisory Board may be able to offer resources and
assistance to the overall success of the DBE-SS Program.
The goal of the database is to increase DBE participation on federally-funded highway construction projects. The Opportunities Database tracks survey responses from DBEs and
Prime Contractors. The scope of work items related to highway construction will be listed for Primes and DBEs to assist SDO in matching Prime Contractors' needs with available
DBEs and the DBEs specific items of competencies. The database will be posted for use by Prime Contractors and DBEs alike to promote new relationships and business activity.
The data base will list nearly 300 prime contractors and well over 100 DBE firms. If you have not submitted your response to the survey or have a question relative to the
survey, please do so or contact Mary Richmond at 617-973-8696 for assistance.
Get Connected Events
The "Get Connected" knowledge seminars are a series of events geared towards providing technical assistance, access to resources, and networking opportunities for the SDO's
portfolio of clients.
Recently the DBE-SS conducted an "Access to MassDOT Contracting Opportunities session" held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA.
Representatives from MassDOT took DBE participants for a live, in-depth tour of the MassDOT and Comm-PASS websites. Participating firms learned not only where and how to
access contracting opportunity information but how to use the information for greater success in their bidding efforts.
The following "Get Connected" events are being sponsored on a monthly basis, you can register to participate by contacting SDO directly or you can click on the indicator below.
Access to Sales and Marketing March 14, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Access to Bonding
April 4, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Access to Leadership and Strategy May 10, 2011, 9:30 A.M.
Click Here to Register
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
THE POWER OF WBE's COMING TOGETHER|
How many times have you said you would like to duplicate yourself? That was my objective when I went in search of other female business owners who wanted to
grow their business using their SDO Certification. With my limited time and resources, I wanted to increase my return on investment and narrow my marketing and sales focus to
best utilize my SDO Certification by learning from the experiences of other WBE companies.
I formed a network of woman-owned businesses who are SDO Certified or in the process of becoming certified. Last year, I encouraged and assisted 5 woman-owned businesses to go
through the process of becoming certified. But, NOW WHAT???
In Central Massachusetts, we have limited access to resources. As a business owner, it is not easy for me to travel to Boston to take advantage of the programs, events and
trainings. These offerings would need to be sensational events in order for me to give up a half day or longer. As a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Sandra Ledbetter,
PTAC located at Clark University's SBDC has been a wonderful resource and support for my businesses, but my growing business needs more direction and guidance.
Our group of women have been able to share information, resources and opportunities with each other on a quarterly basis. Together, we are assisting each other in evaluating
scheduled events that provide the best return on time invested, educational resources, bid opportunities through success and failure and looking at ways to collaborate, move
ahead of our competition and generate a sustainable revenue stream using our SDO Certifications.
Participating Companies include;
Janet Ceddia, Security Construction Services/ Security Fence Co.
Sue Meacham, Mark E. Meacham
Liora Stone, Precision Engineering
Erin Pratt, Pratt Trucking
Michelle Lemoi, Lemoi Erectors, Inc
Catie Foertsch, Yes Media Works
Christine Miller, Ocean Promotions
Darcy Cook, Cook Professional Resources, Inc.
The trial and error of determining the best use of our time can be very costly and frustrating, which is why, in my opinion, so many woman-owned businesses do NOT use their
certifications. Our group of women are working together to support and encourage each woman as she moves her company to the next level of success.
I am thankful for the knowledge, experience and partnerships created within this group of dynamic women. These powerful women provide me with strength and encouragement. By
writing this article, I hope that other groups like ours form around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so together we can raise our voice in this process. Secondly, if you
are a state agency, state representative or other who wishes to provide information, resources and opportunities to help our women utilize their SDO Certifications, please
reach out to us. You can email me at email@example.com or call me at 508-799-2857.
Western Mass Development Collaborative
"Helping disadvantaged business gain the competitive edge"
Donald A. Mitchell (with his staff)
The Western Mass Development Collaborative (WMDC) is a private, non-profit development corporation devoted to strengthening small-business enterprises, promoting job growth,
developing commercial & residential centers and their families.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Access to Financing
We can identify public or private institutions willing to work with small businesses that require capital to maintain or grow their business - even if their credit is less than
Access to Bonding
We have an insurance agency willing to assist our contractors with obtaining bonding and the appropriate levels of commercial insurance to pursue government contract
Increased Procurement Opportunities
WMDC uses several procurement data systems and our national procurement membership to identify a variety of public and private procurement opportunities for businesses to pursue.
WMDC prides itself on meeting one-on-one with business owners to discuss a variety of business issues, including long and short-term business strategies, business plan assistance,
marketing, financial management and operational issues. Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to:
- Workforce Development
- Public & Private Procurement
- W/MBE Certification
Training & Education
The WMDC conducts low-cost business workshops and conferences addressing a wide range of concerns for existing businesses in the construction industry including continuing
education on the latest changes and trends within the trades. Workshops also provide an opportunity for businesses and their employees to obtain essential licenses and business
certifications needed to grow any small business including:
- SOWMBA & DBE
- OSHA 10 & 30
- 8-hr EPA Initial Certified Lead Renovator Certification
- Asbestos Awareness Course
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) fka SOWMBA has been working closely with our organization over the past 16 months, hosting two (2) pre-certification workshops attracting just
under (70) seventy businesses interested in seeking their SDO/DBE certification. With SDO assistance, we have scheduled another business development workshop with Operational
Services Division (OSD) to share information on thee Commonwealth's procurement website-COMM-PASS. This workshop will help businesses to use and navigate the state's procurement
website and the requirements needed to do business with the state agency.
WMDC will continue to work with SDO this coming year on several other business initiatives that promote growth and development for small businesses in the trades industry in
western Massachusetts. SDO has been the Commonwealth's new toolbox for small businesses-by offering information, solid resources and ongoing business development assistance
through their GET CONNECTED workshop series. Our members are pleased with the service and access that (SDO) has afforded them through our partnership; which is helping each of
them become more competitive and positioning them to grow their business at their own pace.
For additional information on programs and services offered by Western Mass Development Collaborative, please contact us at:
www.wmassdc.org ~ (413) 314-2037 ~
281 State Street ~ Springfield, MA 01103 ~
Reminder letters are sent out 30 days prior to the company's certification expiration date. These letters detail the documentation the company is required to submit to
remain in good standing. Certifications are renewed according to the following schedules:
• MBE, WBE, MBE/WBE & NPO'S - Every 2 years -(Biennial renewal)
• DBE - Every year(Annual Review)
State certified businesses will be contacted when their files are going to be reviewed for a 6 year substantive review.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
We strongly encourage you to go to www.comm-pass.com to learn about other bid opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
Foreign Currency Exchange Concession
at Boston Logan International Airport
The Massachusetts Port Authority ("Authority"), owner and operator of Boston - Logan International Airport ("Airport") issuing a Request for Proposals ("RFP") from established and
responsible business entities that have demonstrated expertise in the operation and management of foreign currency exchange operations for the non-exclusive right to develop,
operate and manage the Authority' Foreign Currency Exchange Concession at Logan International Airport. The Foreign Currency Exchange Concession will include, but not be limited
to, the purchase or sale of U.S. and foreign currencies by way of exchange transaction in cash, travelers' check (U.S. and foreign) or by credit card; the sale of travel insurance,
travelers' checks, cash advances, money wire service and Notary Public services. The Term of the Lease shall be for a maximum period of seven (7) years commencing on
September 1, 2011.
The Authority will conduct a Pre-Submission Conference and Site Tour on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in Terminal C, Media Room, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA.
To RSVP for the Pre-Submission Conference please contact the Massachusetts Port Authority, Airport Business Office, (617) 561-1662.
Proposals must be received by the Authority at or prior to 12:00 p.m. local time on March 23, 2011 at the office of Mr. Michael Grieco, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, Massachusetts
Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 200S, East Boston, MA 02128.
The Authority is soliciting competitive proposals pursuant to a determination that such a process best serves the interests of the Authority and the general public and not because of any legal requirement to do so. The Authority reserves the right to accept or to reject any or all proposals for any reason, to withdraw or amend the RFP at anytime, to initiate negotiations with one or more Respondents, to modify or amend with the consent of the Respondent any proposal prior to acceptance, to waive any informality and to effect any agreement otherwise, to re-issue this RFP without change or modification thereto, to issue a subsequent RFP with terms and conditions that are substantially different than those set forth in the RFP, or to cancel the RFP without issuing another RFP, all as the Authority in its sole judgment may deem to be in its best interest.
Copies of the Request for Proposals may be obtained on the Massport website at
www.massport.com or by contacting the Massachusetts Port Authority, Airport Business Office, at (617) 561-1662.
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)Pre-Certification Workshop
The SDO requires all interested businesses to attend this session in order to apply for certification as a Minority, Women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
This session will run for approximately two hours. It will also include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed
to begin the certification process. This session will include information from the Supplier Diversity Program (formerly AMP) detailing the process to take advantage
of upcoming opportunities for certified MBE/WBE’s.
February 15, 2011 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. New Bedford
March 10, 2011 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Waltham
April 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lawrence
Free Legal workshop (2 hours) for small businesses, this is part of SDO's business development and technical assistance resources. All companies may sign-up for the legal
workshop. (This is not a pre-certification session.)
February 9, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Brockton
February 23, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Waltham
May 11, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lawrence
Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) Workshop
SDP Intermediate Vendor Training
This seminar will focus on procurement/bidding processes and the tools you need to do business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All certified businesses in all
business fields are welcome to join us. Five contracting areas will be covered: Commodities, Services, Construction, Design, and Health & Human Services. This training i
s only offered twice a year. There is a $25.00 per person offset fee to attend, checks should be made payable to STAR/SDP and be sent to OSD/SDP, 1 Ashburton Place, room 1017,
Boston, MA 02108, att: Donna Fleser . Space is limited, so register early.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For complete details about SDP training and registration instructions please go to the
SDP Program and Services page.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Northeast Regional Office conducts free or low-cost
workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many of these
programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development
organizations, trade associations, banks and corporate sponsors.
REGISTER Online, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 978-542-6343. Please remember to include your contact information including email and phone.
Museum of Science
This inaugural event spotlights New England’s newest and most innovative technologies, recognizing these innovators, their inventions, and the
stories behind them, network with some of the regions most innovative thinkers.
Supplier Diversity Office
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3740
Boston, MA 02116