April 21, 2014

Please Support Your Council by Attending the 2014 
GNEMSDC Annual Gala: May 6
The Award will be presented at the Black-Tie 2014 GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT on Tuesday, May 6.  
You will be receiving your invitation to the Annual Awards Gala soon.  
Please RSVP by April 15, 2014 tp  www.boothleads.com/gnemsdc/gala2014
David Hinson to Receive 2014 GNEMSDC President's Award
David HinsonWe are extremely happy to announce that David Hinson as accepted the 2014 GNEMSDC Presidents Award.  Mr. Hinson's last day as National Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency was last week.  During his tenure he oversaw a significant increase in the amount of contracts won by minority business clients of the 44 MBDA Centers across the county.  We at the GNEMSDC are particularly fortunate to be a beneficiary of his leadership.  In 2011, the GNEMSDC won a five-year contract to operate the Boston MBDA Business Center.  And in 2013, the GNEMSDC won a four-year contract to operate the Bridgeport MBDA Business Center.  Director Hinson is one of the global leaders in minority business development.  He has traveled the world to promote business relationships between domestic minority businesses and minority businesses in Brazil, Africa, Australia and Europe.  We are honored to have Director Hinson as the GNEMSDC 2014 President's Award recipient.
The Award will be presented at the Black-Tie 2014 GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT on Tuesday, May 6.  It is  not too early to reserve your tickets.  Call Jerilynn Clarke at203-288-9744 for ticket information
2014 Annual Gala MC - Jonathan Coachman
jcWe are very pleased to announce Jonathan Coachman is a Sports TV Personality for ESPN and ESPN Radio will be joining us at the Gala this year as our MC.  Jonathan Coachman began his career in 19997 in Wichita, KS at KAKE-TV.  He continued on to Kansas City in 1999 where he worked in the same sports department with NFL legend and Super Bowl MVP Len Dawson.  In the fall of 1999 his career took an abrupt turn as Coachman took a hob as a TV personality in WWE.  
He spent the next 9 years traveling the world working for Vince McMahon.  In 2006 he began also doing sports again at CSTV and MSG network in New York City.  In 2008 Jonathan left the road and the WWE for the friendly confines of Bristol, CT and ESPN.  In His almost 4 years with the company Jonathan has done just about every sport but he has found a niche as a main host on the flagship show SportsCenter.  You may have heard Coachman as you are driving around in your car on ESPN Radio.  
In 2011 Jonathan joined forces with Freddie Coleman for "The Coach and Coleman Show" on ESPN Radio.  Jonathan is married to Amy and has 2 beautiful kids, Kayana (3) and JJ (1). 
2014 GNEMSDC Nominees for MBE Awards Are In!
On behalf of the GNEMSDC board of directors, I am proud to announce the 2014 MBE Nominees. 

Category 1 (Under $1,000,000 in Annual Sales)
1. Light Speed
2. Picture That
3. PrintabiliTees

Category 2 (Over $1,000,000 but less than $10,000,000) 
1. Environmental Integrity
2. Horizon Services
3. Roxbury Technology

Category 3 (Over $10,000,000 but less than $50,000,000)
1. Essex Newbury North Contracting
2. Lancaster Packaging
3. Minute Man Trucks
5. PCNet
5. SAI Systems

Category 4 (Over $50,000,000)
 1. The Matlet Group
Reciprocal (Companies Located Outside of Greater New England)
1. Deluxe Delivery Systems
2. The Berrnd Group
3. World Wide Technologies
2014 GNEMSDC Award Nominees - Congratulations 
On behalf of the GNEMSDC MBE Input Committee I am proud to list the 2014 Nominees for Corporate Awards.

Corporation of the Year - National Category
1. Aetna
2. Cartus
3. Chevron
4. Comcast Cable
5. CVS Caremark
6. Dominion
7. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
8. National Grid
9. TJX Corporation
10. United Technologies Corporation

Corporation of the Year - Local Category
1.. Pratt & Whitney
2. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
3. Yale New Haven Health System
4. Yale University
5. The Metropolitan District Commission

Buyer of the Year  
1. Ed Frey, Yale University
2. Ron Swatt, Sikorsky Aircraft
3. Michael Jovovich, Yale New Haven Health Systems
4. Janice Beckner, Connecticut Lottery
5. Erik Collins, Dominion

Advocate of the Year
1. Bob Pilney, The Hartford Insurance Company
2. Joyce C. Eriksen Eggers, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
3. Alton Moss, Pratt and Whitney4. Erik Collins, Dominion
5.Carla Hunter-Ramsey, National Grid
6. Al Tawrel, Northeast Utilities
7. Thomas Ray, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
8. Joan Davidson, UTC Areospace Systems

MBE Empowerment Award 
1. Eileen Hasson, The Computer Company
2. Arvin Chaudhary, Nadicent Technologies, LLC

Congratulations to all the nominees on jobs well done.  Once again we have a very competitive field of nominees.  THe MBE Input Committee will have a difficult time selecting one winner in each of these categories.  All of these nominees are deserving of recognition for the great work that they do to support our mission of minority business development.  It will be an exciting evening on Tuesday, May 6th when the winners are announced.   
 Photo Memories from the GNEMSDC Gala 2010-2013
  2013 GMEMSDC Annual Awards Gala in Boston
One thing to inspire you to sign up for the 2014 is to take a look at these photos from the 2010 - 2013.  Hundreds of BEAUTIFUL MBEs and Corporate members.  Also see Governors, Senators,  Mayors, other elected officials, CEOs and other business leaders who attend our Gala.  Take a look and share!

The 2014 GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala is Tuesday, May 6 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT.

Upcoming Events 
There are several events coming up on our calendar that are designed specifically for MBEs to learn about corporate opportunities.    We know how busy everyone's schedule is, but these are events often hosted by our corporate members with the expressed purpose of finding out more about you and your business with the ultimate aim, to make you a valuable supplier to their companies.  Here are some events you should consider:  
  • April 24, 2014  MassHousing's 24th Annual Greater Boston M/WBE Trade Fair  More Information 
  • April 24, 2014 DBE Reception at GNEMSDC Offices in Bridgeport (333 State Street) 4 PM to 6:30 PM.  All MBEs are invited to this reception.  Come and learn about the new program the GNEMSDC is working on with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  We will have representatives front DOTs from across the region.  Please RSVP on Monday, 203-288-9744. 
  • April 29, 2014 Mohegan Sun Informational Vendor Forum Wyndham Hotel, 201 Everett Avenue, Chelsea 12pm- 2pm rsvp here and 6pm - 8pm rsvp here
  • April 29, 2014 - SBA and GNEMSD hold 8a and how to do business with the Federal Government session at GNEMSDC Bridgeport Offices (333 State Street).  There are millions of dollars of contracts waiting for MBEs with 8a certification.  Come and learn how to get 8a certified.  The program starts at 10:00 AM an will be over at noon. Call the office and hold your seat.  Seating is limited.  This event is free!
  • April 30, 2014  Sam's Club Food &Beverage Merchandising Division Diversity Supplier Summit, Bentonville, AK  more information 
  • April 30, 2014 TD BANK First Time Home Buyer Seminar at GNEMSDC Community Business Conference Center 333 State Street Bridgeport CT more information 
  • April 30, 2014  Pulman & Comley hold a Strengthing Yur Business With LGBT Diversity at the Hartford Club 46 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT more information 
  • May 1, 204 -  Connecticut Housing Finance Agency and LUPA are holding an event at Hartford Public Library 5:30 - 8:30, Dr. Fred is the Keynote Speaker.  The purpose of the event is to bring together Latino leaders CHFA and first time homebuyers.
  • May 1, 2014 - MASSbuys EXPO DCU Center, Worcester, MA RSVP to free event 
  • May 5, 2014 - Register for the MBE Pre-Certification Webinar at 2:00 pm click here to RSVP 
  • May 6, 2014 - GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala, Aqua Turf, Southington CT
  • May 8, 2014 -W.E.B. DuBois  Public Policy Series Dinner, 127 State Street Springfield MA.  Dr. Fred is the Keynote Speaker.  For more information contact Vincent Jackson at vince@mktgmoves.com.
  • May 13, 2014 - Anti Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award Ceremony Honoring Carl Highsmith (Dr. Fred will present Carl the Award.) Program is at Congregation B'nai Jacob Woodbridge, CT.  For more information contact jmagid@adl.org.
  • May 14, 2014 GNEMSDC & Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce Networking Session at the GNEMSDC Boston Office  Additional Information
  • May 15, 2014 - SBA - GNEMSDC Matchmaker at Microsoft Corporation, Cambridge, MA
  • May 15, 2014 Mohegan Sun Informational Vendor Forum Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury 12pm to 2pm rsvp here 
  • June 2, 2014- GNEMSDC MA Golf Outing, Ferncroft Country Club, Danvers MA  
  • June 4, 2014 Mohegan Sun Informational Vendor Forum North Shore Community College 300 Broad Street, Lynn 6pm - 8pm rsvp here
  • July 11, 2014- GNEMSDC CT Golf Outing, Lyman Orchards, Middleton, CT
  • September 30-October 1, 2014 - GNEMSDC Expo and Conference, Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, Uncasville, CT
  • October 10 - GNEMSDC Advanced Leadership Program, Bridgeport, CT (First Weekly Session)
  • November 20 - GNEMSDC/MBDA Best Practice Forum, Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Corporation of the Week:  Burns & McDonnell  

From airports, military bases and defense facilities to power generation and transmission, to water treatment and remediation, to refineries and industrial facilities, hospitals and institutional buildings,
Burns & McDonnell delivers planning, design, engineering and construction expertise.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions from offices across the United States, including the New England Regional Office located in Wallingford, CT.
  From 2010 through 2013, the Hartford Business Journal has ranked Burns & McDonnell as one of the Best Places to Work.  Additionally, Burns & McDonnell ranks 14th in FORTUNE's 2014 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.  As a 100% employee-owned firm, each employee-owner has a vested interest in the success of every project and client. More than 80 percent of our projects come from repeat clients.

Our employee-owners also know that small/diverse businesses are critical to the success of countless industries and employ many of this nation's forward thinkers.  After all, Burns & McDonnell was founded in 1898 by two young engineers - so we really do get it.  We appreciate that same entrepreneurial spirit today and proud that it works on our projects

 We have received the following recognition on behalf of our diverse business utilization:
*Prime Supplier of the Year Award, Edison Electric Institute's National Supplier Diversity Conference (2013)
* Champions of Diversity Award, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (2012)
* Corporation of the Year, MidAmerican Minority Business Development Council (2007 and 2011)
* CEO Advocate of the Year, MidAmerican Minority Business Development Council (2007 and 2011)
* 27 awards for projects nationwide from 2005 through 2012  

 If you are interested in teaming with Burns & McDonnell, please complete the online registration form.
Contacts:  Kyle Alldredge ralldredge@burnsmcd.com or Michelle J. Word mword@burnsmcd.com
Let's build the relationships that build our projects!
Congratulations to the Newly Certified MBEs

Company Name


AppSys Global, Inc.

Banner Publications, Inc.

Delonti, Inc.
Developmental Capital & Financing, LLC
Electronic Specialties of Connecticut, Inc.
Indigo Intelligence, Inc.

Jayer, LLC
N-Touch Strategies

R.E.A.D. America
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VSI Media

Invitations for Bid and Opportunities
  • MBE looking for an experienced sales rep to cover the CT market, selling into the Biotech and Manufacturing industries.  Highest commissions paid in the industry, and working for a company with over 23 years in business.  
  • Experience required, the right person could exceed 100,000 in total compensation.  Needs to grow the region, but will also be given accounts to expand on in the CT area.  All interested applicants can either email you and you can forward their info to me or they can email me directlyatfrankq@qaisupply.com .
  •  State of Connecticut Department of Transportation job opportunity:  Transportation Public Transit Administrator 
  • Department of Revenue job opportunity:  Office Support Specialist I   
  • The Boston Public School Department is seeking bid proposals  "T0 provide hot and cold vended meals for the Boston Public Schools -  Mu;ti Year contract (3 years) - RFP# 866" and for the "Purchase of fall sports equipment and supplies for Boston Public Schools - BID# BPS 867"  If interested please contact Andie Kim for a complete bid proposal packet.
  • One Source Mechanical Solutions is looking for Licensed HVAC Piping Refrigeration Installer for more information contact jlittle-greer@gnemsdc.org
  • CT Lottery Corporation has an opening for a Maintainer position.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston has an opening for the position of  Enterprise Infrastructure Engineer.
  • SpineFrontier has an opening for the position of Supply Chain Manager
  • Massachusetts Community & Banking Council has an opening for Executive Director.
 And Finally
Don't you just love the spring in the Northeast?  Even though we got snow just a week ago, the longer days, the sounds of birds, the blossoming of tulips are all early signals of the warmth to come .  We are reminded that another season is upon us; a gentler season.  And just as the seasons come and go, so too do our businesses and I dare say, our spirits, get renewed in the hope of now.   Hope is the fuel that powers and inspires entrepreneurs, and MBEs are no different from others in this clan of opportunists.  I know the power of hope in my experiences, particularly my experience as the executive of this organization.  I remember and remind myself that we are not now where we were, nor are we where we will be.  I know that it takes time, it takes the dedicated support of others who share our dreams, and it takes resources that come from opportunities.  MBEs are no different from what I have experienced.  We are on this journey together, and to paraphrase Martin Luther King, I may not get there with you, but we will be successful together.  It is through this unshakable belief in your own success that you will create solutions to whatever business challenges you face.  Entrepreneurs know that disappointment and success are not served in equal portions.  But with each disappointment, with each delay, with each false start, the successful entrepreneur gets back into the game.  And each time, there is a lesson in that disappointment.  We are working hard to do every thing we can to provide MBEs with the opportunities to reach their goals.  And I must say that our Gala coming up in just two weeks is one of those opportunities.  I hope to see you there.  I believe in you. 

In your service

Dr. Fred