Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

November 2017 tabor 100 newsletter


Published on

Featuring Articles by:
Ollie Garrett, Tabor 100 President
Sara Stewart, Tabor 100 Lobbyist
Kela Hall, Contributor

Published in: Government & Nonprofit
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

November 2017 tabor 100 newsletter

  1. 1. 1 November 2017 Message from the President Yes, Politics, again. Now that the Seattle Mayor’s race has ended, other local races have been determined and the state Senate’s majority party confirmed, it is important that as President of Tabor 100, I make another plea for your involvement. Mayor-Elect Durkan has appeared before Tabor 100, sought our advice and committed strongly to minority businesses. We should feel positive about her win but be clear, insistent and vigilant. I intend to ensure that Tabor 100 has a seat at the table and I welcome your thoughts about what city policies to keep and those that can be improved upon. Democrats now control the State House and Senate with the election of Manka Dhingra, a minority woman from Bellevue. NOW is the time to move legislation related to I-200. You can do Tabor 100 and yourself a lot of good by meeting with Legislators and telling your story. Sara Stewart, our lobbyist, can plug you into this effort. I urge you to contact me or Sara at or call 360-229-8168. The Port Commission now has two new Commissioners and we must continue to work with them to promote our businesses. The agency has had some successes and the will exists to improve in the area of diversity and inclusion in contracting. Again, being clear, insistent and vigilant is key. We intend to engage with the Port, which has a $12-$15 billion spending plan. There are and will be many opportunities at both the airport and seaport. I would be remiss if I did not mention the huge number of privately-funded projects underway in this region. Tabor has been clear about the need for our community to engage in these projects and we are making some headway. Regardless, there is a long ways to go and we intend to dedicate ourselves to ensuring more engagement in these efforts going forward. Finally, I want to invite all of your to our Holiday Party on December 14, 2017. We are co-sponsoring with the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors. Hope to see you there! You can RSVP by clicking here. Legislative Update 3 BESR 4 WSDOT 5 COS/WMBE Directory 6 “SHAPING OUR DESTINY” Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. Get the newsletter online and stay connected through social media!
  2. 2. 22
  3. 3. 3 The 45th district legislative race came to an end this month with Democratic Candidate Manka Dhingra winning the seat over Republican Jinyoung Englund by a margin of 55% to 45%. This was the most expensive legislative race in State History. The candidates and independent expenditure campaign organizations raised and spent a total of almost $10 million in the race. This race was the determining factor in which party controls the State Senate that now shifts to the Democrats. This effectively gives that party control of the Governor’s Office, the House and the Senate in Washington State. State and national political observers opined that a Democratic win in this Senate Seat creates a “West Coast Wall” of resistance to President Trump and his political agenda, especially as it relates to climate change. It is clearly a possibility that we will see many policy proposals on carbon taxes/cap and trade, as well as progressive policy proposals like a capital gains tax and health care reforms surface in the 2018 Legislative Session. This week the Legislature held what is called “Legislative Assembly Days” where they convened in Olympia to discuss the upcoming session, assign committee placements, and hold fundraisers for their caucuses. Through many meetings and discussions with legislators, discussion of a full repeal of I-200 is now looking like more of a possibility than ever. I am diligently working to get a hearing in the Capital Budget Committee; please be on the lookout for the pending date for a “Tabor Day on the Hill”. I will need your support and presence in Olympia to further convey our message and needs. In the meantime, please continue to write, call and meet with your local legislators. If you need any assistance with setting up appointments, please contact me at or call 360-229-8168. Thank you - I truly am honored to be working for you and this noble cause. Sincerely, Sara Stewart Legislative Update Manka Dhingra, Photo by
  4. 4. 4 Black Education Strategy Roundtable Holds First Conference By: Kela Hall The Black Education Strategy Roundtable (BESR) hosted its Inaugural Statewide Conference, Empowering Black Students to Thrive: Reclaiming Minds and Affirming Greatness, on Friday, November 10th, and Saturday, November 11th. The 2-day conference featured a gala banquet on Friday night, as well as plenary sessions and workshops throughout the day on Friday with powerful keynotes ranging from educators, political leaders and advocates of K-12 and higher education. The conference took place at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Des Moines, Washington. The Black Education Strategy Roundtable was named purposefully to highlight the urgency around the dire need of closing the achievement gap for Black students in the State of Washington. Black students in Washington’s public schools are not thriving. The State’s ranking of 48th in the nation in terms of the widening achievement gap is appalling. Curriculum and pedagogy that excludes the experiences of Black and underserved students alienate our students and contributes to a cycle of failure for too many bright and beautiful minds! There were numerous education leaders throughout our State who took part in this important conversation to shine light on the continued unacceptable achievement gap for Black students and provide key strategies for attendees to implement into their work as educational advocates. Some of the more notable speakers were: John B. King, President & CEO of Education Trust and former Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration; Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma and longtime advocate of taking a stand on equitable education; Dr. Larry Nyland the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools; and Dr. Shelby Cooley from the Roadmap Project. “The reality is, Black students in Washington’s public schools are not thriving, and our state’s achievement gap is actually widening. BESR is committed to advocating for and ensuring the achievement of equitable and excellent educational outcomes for Black and African American students in the State of Washington.” says Steve Smith, Executive Director of Black Education Strategy Roundtable. The conference also featured three Institutes (Parents and Families, Educators, and Student Leadership Development) that provided deeper exploration of issues impacting the educational outcomes of black students and strategies to address these issues. The institutes took place on Saturday, with leading subject matter experts convening and organizing each one. The Parents and Families Institute empowered parents and family members to be powerful advocates for their students through effective engagement. Trish Moore, nationally recognized for her family engagement work with Federal Way Public Schools, was the convener. The Educators Institute engaged teachers and administrators to learn about the social-emotional and educational needs of black students. It also provided ways to identify effective teaching and learning strategies and practices, to improve educational outcomes and close the achievement gap. Erin Jones, Milliken Award Winner (noted teacher, administrator and educational consultant) served as the convener. The student voice and assessment of the public education system was the highlight of the Student Leadership Development Institute. Rashad Norris, founder of the Black & Brown Summit and Director of Community Outreach at Highline Community College convened this institute.
  5. 5. 5 WSDOT Federal Highway Administration Contracts Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses and all others who may be interested in working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed goal for Federal Highway Administration Contracts. WSDOT is proposing a 19 percent overall DBE participation goal on federal projects for fiscal years 2018 through 2020. The goal will be submitted to the federal government early next year and is designed to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals. Public Meetings: SPOKANE — 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, November 28th, WSDOT Eastern Region Headquarters, 2714 N. Mayfair St., Spokane VANCOUVER — 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, November 29th, WSDOT Headquarters, 11018 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver SEATTLE — 2-4 p.m., Thursday, December 7th, WSDOT Northwest Region Headquarters, 15700 Dayton Ave. N, Shoreline You can also provide comments through a no-cost webinar from 2:30 to 4:30, Tuesday, Dec. 5th, Registration is required — Written comments can be submitted to Jackie Bayne, Policy & Reporting Manager, WSDOT, Office of Equal Opportunity, P.O. Box 47314, Olympia WA 98504-7314 or Documents detailing the methodology used for determining the DBE goals are available for review at all WSDOT regional headquarters offices and at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, Olympia. They are also available online at
  6. 6. 6 INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE NEWSLETTER? DROP AN EMAIL TO or OR CALL (425) 882-4800 Ext. 107. 2018 Applications Now Open University of Washington Business Growth Collaborative Management education program designed to accelerate the growth of small-and medium sized businesses This program will accelerate the growth of companies through management education leading to the development of strategic growth plans and the development of CEO-to-CEO networks that will open new business opportunities. Program benefits include: • Development of three year strategic growth plans assisted by business experts and fellow company owners • Access to consulting teams of business students to work on strategic projects for your company • Networking opportunities with business experts, lenders and potential customers • Management education classes including finance, branding, and business strategy • Creation of a CEO-to-CEO community to provide owners a “mini-board of directors” to help make critical decisions For more information and to apply click on the link below: Priority application deadline: November 22th , 2017 A limited numbers of scholarships are available, so please apply today. University of Washington Business Growth Collaborative
  7. 7. 7
  8. 8. 8 THE TABOR 100 BOARD President: Ollie Garrett Vice President: Brian Sims Treasurer: Aundrea Jackson Secretary: Sherlita Kennedy Membership: Dee Riley Education: Kevin C. Washington Public Affairs: Henry Yates Economic Development: Edson Zavala Government Affairs: Vacant Fund Development: Abdul Yusuf Business Development: Anthony Burnett TABOR OFFICE 2330 130th Ave. NE #101 Bellevue, WA 98005 425-882-4800 x 107 Newsletter Editor: Kalea Perry WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT! UPCOMING EVENTS Nov. 28: Elevate NW Series: HR Strategies to Help Your Business, 12pm - 1:30pm, Microsoft Event Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce. Pre-registration required. Nov. 29: Business After Hours at Stone Lounge, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Register by Nov. 27. Nov. 30: Sound Transit DBE/SB Technical Assistance Program: Cost Proposal Training, 9am - 4pm. Sound Transit’s Ruth Fisher Room, Register by Nov. 24. Dec. 6: Public Officials Reception 2017 & YPN at the Public Official Reception 2017, 5pm - 7pm, Skybridge at the Washington State Convention Center Dec. 11: Advocacy and Civic Engagement Program, 5:30pm - 7pm, Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber, Pre-registration required. Dec. 11: M/WBE & Small Business Procurement Net- working & Seminar, 5:30pm - 8pm, Bellevue City Hall Dec. 14: Tabor 100 & NAMC Holiday Party, Northwest African-American Museum Legacy Hall, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Dec. 15: Alaska Business Forum, 8am - 9:30am, Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber, Pre-registration required. Dec. 16: Tabor 100 General Meeting, Central Area Senior Center, 10am - 12pm COMMITTEE MEETINGS Education Committee meets after the Tabor General Meeting, the last Saturday of the month from 12-2pm at the Central Area Senior Center Combined Library and Computer Room