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Tabor 100 June 2017 Newsletter


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Sarah Freed, Uber
Linda Kennedy, Tabor 100 Advocate

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Tabor 100 June 2017 Newsletter

  1. 1. 1 Message from the President Now is the right time for Tabor Members to enjoy some of the benefits that come from a robust economy and lots of business opportunities. I am pleased to see that many of you are doing just that. Over the last year, I have talked extensively about opportunities that are about to present themselves to minority businesses and it is gratifying to see that some of them have come to fruition and Tabor Members are benefitting. Tabor has been a strong voice in advocating for government agencies, private contractors and others to ensure that minority businesses enjoy the fruits of the fastest growing economy in the country. Some of our members are working with Vulcan on its redo of the 23rd Street Promenade. Not only is that a significant accomplishment, the company has designed the project with huge input from community members and organizations (including Tabor 100). We are optimistic that the opportunities will not stop at construction, but carry into the operation of the new facility, including having minority businesses occupy retail spaces and be used for other post-construction work. The Liberty Bank Project just celebrated its groundbreaking and much of the work that has been done and that will occur features Tabor 100 Members. This project is a tribute to the first African-American Bank in the West and helps to keep African-Americans living and working in a community we built and where our numbers are dwindling because of gentrification. Kudos to Africatown, Capitol Hill Housing, Black Community Impact Alliance, Centerstone, Gardner Global and Pacific Communications Consultants for making this critical project a “win” for our community long-term. I would be remiss if I did not recognize that the Port of Seattle ushered in a new era at Sea-Tac Airport and awarded concessions to more small and minority-owned businesses than ever before. Tabor 100 advised the Port on ways to make its process fairer and more accommodating, and some of our members won in what was the toughest competition ever to land concession opportunities at the airport. We applaud the Port for its process and our members for the hard work, creativity and discipline that led to being able to operate at Sea-Tac. This year is shaping up as one that has presented several major “wins” for Tabor and Tabor Members. Along with the victories I mentioned, there are more on the horizon and I urge you to become engaged with what we see happening in the future. It is truly a time for “Shaping Our Destiny.” Ollie Garrett June 2017 Liberty Bank Building 7 OMWBE 3 Tabor 100/ESN 4 Uber 5 Shaunta Hyde 6 Sea-Tac 7 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. “SHAPING OUR DESTINY” Get the newsletter online and stay connected through social media!
  2. 2. 2 Central District Partners hold Juneteenth Liberty Bank Building Groundbreaking By Ashwin Warrior and Joshua Okrent A groundbreaking ceremony for a very special project took place on Juneteenth in Seattle’s Central District. Africatown, The Black Community Impact Alliance, Capitol Hill Housing and Centerstone jointly hosted a community celebration for the Liberty Bank Building, a one-of-a-kind affordable housing development designed to maximize empowerment of the African-American community. In addition to the 115 affordable homes Liberty Bank Building will provide, the partners have committed to a pathway for community ownership of the building, to honor the historic Liberty Bank through art and design, to ensure affordable commercial space in the building, and to set up a fund to support local Black-owned businesses. In March, the Liberty Bank Building partners presented to Tabor 100 members information about contracting opportunities available on the project. Together with Walsh Construction, the general contractor for the project, Liberty Bank Building partners have set an ambitious goal for participation of women and minority-owned subcontractors, and specifically Black-owned subcontractors. On Monday, June 19th nearly 400 neighbors and community members came together at the building site to celebrate this important milestone for the development with a day of food, music and entertainment. Local officials who attended for a ceremonial “first dig” included Mayor Ed Murray, Sen. Rebecca Saldana, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Construction of the building is expected to finish in the fall of 2018. Learn more about the project at INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE NEWSLETTER? DROP AN EMAIL TO or OR CALL (425) 882-4800 Ext. 107. A rendering of the future Liberty Bank Building at 2320 E Union St. From left to right: Chris Persons (Capitol Hill Housing), Margo Jones and Wyking Garrett (Africatown) presenting to Tabor 100 members about contracting opportunities at Liberty Bank Building.
  3. 3. 3 New Directory of Certified Firms at the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises By Teresa Berntsen, OMWBE Director The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) directory of certified firms now has enhanced search options and a new look and feel. On June 1, the OMWBE moved the directory of certified firms onto a new software system called B2Gnow. For your convenience, please be sure to bookmark the new directory of certified firms. Another change you will see in the directory is a new designation required by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). WSDOT has implemented a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program waiver based on the results of a disparity study identifying underutilized DBE Firms. This means some certified firms on the directory are referred to as Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprises or UDBEs. This designation is only for the purposes of WSDOT federally funded contract goals and does not change a person’s certification with OMWBE. It also does not apply to other government agencies that have DBE programs, such as Sound Transit or Port of Seattle. If you have any questions about the UDBE designation, please contact Jackie Bayne, WSDOT Policy and Reporting Manager with the Office of Equal Opportunity, at (360) 705-7084. Other changes coming include a move to online applications through the new B2Gnow system. Starting this fall, you will be able to apply or renew your OMWBE certification online. No more hard copies of documents and unnecessary mailings, saving you time and money and providing additional security of your important information. In addition, rule changes that take affect August 1, will no longer require certain forms to be notarized. We will be sure to let you know more about those upcoming changes this summer. OMWBE is here to be of service. If you have any questions about OMWBE certification, please visit us online or call us at (360) 664-9750 or Toll Free at (866) 208-1064. We also offer free telephone interpretation services available in 240 languages and dialects. OMWBE is open Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. April 2017 General Meeting
  4. 4. 4 Tabor 100 Goes to School By: Linda Kennedy For the past few years, Tabor 100 and the Excellent Schools Now Coalition [ESN] has had a group of minority and small business people meeting monthly to work on education advocacy – representing the minority and small business point of view. Several members of the Tabor 100 / ESN group attended the Seattle School District’s African -American Male Advisory Committee Community Forum on June 15th. This advisory committee was formed to provide guidance on how best to transform our educational system to ensure educational excellence for all students, especially African-American males. The committee presented their recommendations to improve district policies and practices which affect African-American Males. Community members were then asked for feedback. The breakout areas were: Attendance, College and Career Readiness, Community Partnerships, Family Engagement, and Policy and Practice. Our Tabor 100/ESN team focused on College and Career Readiness, plus Community Partnerships. Sub-Committee recommendations for College and Career Readiness were that schools must: 1. Foster positive relationships with African- American male students and their families by addressing equity and social justice issues. 2. Increase access for African-American males at all ages to rigorous, experiential instruction and hands-on, project-based learning. 3. Ensure all African-American males are aware of, and planning for, post- secondary options, and create networks of partnerships to increase mentorships, college tours, internships, and other workplace-based experiences. Sub Committee recommendations for Community Partnerships included: 1. Use Professional Development to enhance educators’ knowledge and skills to enable them to collaborate with African-American families and community members. 2. Ensure all partner programs support African- American male students’ growth and success. 3. Create and identify successful local & national models to support African-American students. We spoke with committee members about the need to prepare students for the world of work. Final recommendations from the committees will go to the Superintendent in late September. The Superintendent will review the recommendations and those which are approved will be put into practice. The school district is also looking to support and for support from education related forums. This is an open invitation, an opportunity for Tabor 100 Members to help shape their future workforce. In other words: your future employees. We all have a duty to aid these students in any way possible. They are ours regardless of birth. We can either voluntarily support them now in the classroom and with their post-secondary educational goals – or, we will be forced to support them financially later on as they flounder in the muck of underachievement and denied opportunities. Step up! If you have ideas or suggestions for the District Committees, email: For more information about the Tabor 100 /ESN education advocacy efforts, please contact project coordinator Linda Kennedy:
  5. 5. 5 Nearly 20 million Americans work fewer hours than they’d like for “non-economic reasons,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These reasons include personal commitments such as child care, which can make full-time jobs difficult. With the rise of the Sharing Economy, women now have more options than ever before to earn flexible income that gives them the freedom to fit their work around their life, not the other way around. That is why, on May 20, Uber and Tabor 100 hosted a free half-day event centered around Entrepreneurship, Financial Independence, and making the Sharing Economy work for you. This event was open to all Uber Women Driver-Partners, Tabor Members, and members of our affiliated community organizations. Event attendees had the opportunity to: · Attend workshops that offered tools for success in building their own business, reaching career goals, and increasing financial independence · Hear from inspirational speakers such as Brooke Steger, General Manager, Uber Pacific Northwest and Aundrea Jackson, Tabor 100 Treasurer · Engage in an open Q+A with a panel of women who participate in the Sharing Economy and have found economic empowerment through flexible work · Explore a resource fair that includes free professional headshots and access to local community organizations in support of economic empowerment. A special thanks to our speakers who led interactive workshops: · 7 Strategies for a Full Life by Debbie Page · OMWBE Certification—Promoting Equity in Public Contracting and Procurement by Gigi Zenk · Women + Wealth—It’s All About You! by Sara Asatiani · Creating Your Career Vision and Making It Real by Angee Linsey · Using Mindfulness to Re-Focus on Your Well-Being and Find Joy by Kari O'Driscoll Women in the Sharing Economy By Sarah Freed, Uber
  6. 6. 6 JUNE 9, 2017 BY PIERCE COLLEGE Pierce College is proud to announce Shaunta Hyde, managing director of community relations for Alaska Airlines, as this year’s commencement speaker. Hyde is a Pacific Northwest aviation professional, leading community relations and charitable giving in the continental United States, collaborating with civic leaders and organizations that affect Alaska Airlines. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, she was the director of global aviation policy for The Boeing Company, and manager of government affairs, where she worked for 12 years developing strategies to shape national and international public policy to support aviation growth and business goals. Before joining Boeing in 2002, Hyde worked for The Metropolitan King County Council and served as a government relations manager for the King County Executive. Hyde earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Seattle University, an Executive MBA from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, and she is also a graduate of the World Public Affairs Institute. She holds a governor-appointed position and serves as the Chair to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and is also a member of the International Association of Women in Aviation. Hyde is looking forward to speaking to the Class of 2017 during commencement at the Tacoma Dome on June 16. “I want Pierce College graduates to rejoice in their accomplishments,” Hyde said. “I also want to share how important it is to notice and seize everyday opportunities and blessings, and to uplift other people along the way. I say this with a certain level of humility, because Pierce graduates have already learned and given so many life lessons. What a joy to celebrate with them!” Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website. Pierce College Welcomes Shaunta Hyde as 2017 Commencement Speaker
  7. 7. 7 SeaTac Airport Dining and Retail Spaces Dear Community Leader, We are writing to provide you a fuller understanding of the recent competitive bid process for dining and retail spaces at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Given the recent news coverage and disparate versions of events, it is important for you to know the complete story. To begin with, the Port of Seattle is committed to an open and competitive bid process that gives all businesses a fair chance to operate at Sea-Tac. The Port is uniquely positioned to make sure our operations reflect the diversity of our region. This starts first and foremost with having open access and fair competition for opportunities to do business with the Port. We consider this our obligation as a public entity. Leases for several airport restaurants (including Ivar’s) expired last year and locations were included in a competitive bid process for Lease Group 3 sites. The Request-For-Proposals process attracted over 50 proposals for ten spaces at Sea-Tac. The winner for the space currently leased by Ivar’s is Lucky Louie Alaska Fish Shack, a concept by Stacy House and local chef Kathy Casey. Ivar’s score on the application placed it third in the competition to remain in its current space. We currently have more than 90 airport dining and retail locations at Sea-Tac and will have more than 135 locations after we complete the dining and retail redevelopment process currently underway. We are about half-way through awarding these new leases. However, nearly 700 large and small companies have expressed interest in competing for dining and retail opportunities, far outpacing the number of available opportunities. Testimony at our June 13th Commission meeting raised some important questions for the Port Commission and for the staff who have been managing the selection process including: How do we make sure the competition for space is equitable and fair, and; how do we make sure that small businesses, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses are not muscled out of opportunities by more established companies? That’s why the Port identified small business participation as one of the seven criteria used to evaluate the latest round of airport dining proposals. Partnering with a small business in a joint venture was one option to achieve participation. We believe the results demonstrate our focus on making more opportunities available for more people. Of the ten successful proposals in this latest round, six of the winning bidders are either disadvantaged, small or locally-owned business- es. Four are national firms that partnered with local small or disadvantaged businesses as a joint venture. We are very pleased with the high quality and local emphasis represented in the newly announced food offerings. Please open this link for more information about Commission guidance for the Airport Dining and Retail Master Plan and proposal evaluation criteria. It is difficult to have a long-time partner and wonderful tenant so unhappy about the results of a competitive process. We have been very clear that we hope Ivar’s will submit a bid in the upcoming round of competition for the next lease group of spaces. Ivar’s represents the type of unique Northwest character we want passengers to experience at Sea-Tac. The Port of Seattle recognizes its responsibility to make opportunities available to all. As a public entity we embrace equity. This can most effectively occur through a competitive process that is open and transparent. This week we posted the results for all of the Lease Group 3 packages on the Port’s web site which you can open via this link. You can view the scores and keep apprised of new developments through this web site page or by contacting us directly ( and In closing, in recent days we heard from a number of business owners, some of whom won and some of whom lost in their bids for Lease Group 3 sites. I’d like to share two of those quotes with you. Pat Murray of SSP America, a bid winner, said, “By prioritizing dining concepts that are fresh and responsive to consumer demands, and ensuring participation by small and disadvantaged businesses, SeaTac is known as being ahead of the curve. The Port’s focus on these goals was well defined throughout the process.” Anne Ewing of Potbelly, whose bid did not win, noted that she has “never been part of an airport solicitation process that was so transparent. The Port provided regular updates on the status of the evaluation process. Most airports don’t.” Thank you for your leadership in our community and for your interest in the Port of Seattle. Sincerely, David Soike Lance Lyttle Interim Executive Director Managing Aviation Director Port of Seattle Port of Seattle
  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 Newsletter Editor: Kalea Perry April General Meeting & Uber/Tabor Women in the Sharing Economy Photos Courtesy of Flyright Photography WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT! UPCOMING EVENTS June 23, 2017: GWHCC 41st Annual Gala, 7PM, Mandarin Oriental Hotel June 24, 2017: Tabor 100 General Meeting, 10AM-12PM, Central Area Senior Center June 24, 2017: Black Graduation, 4PM-7pm, Washington Hall July 11, 2017: 2017 Reverse Vendor Trade Show, 11AM-3PM, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion July 17, 2017: Seattle Chamber 23rd Annual Virginia Mason Seattle Metro Chamber Golf Classic 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 Please Contact Committee Chairs for More Information on Meeting Dates and Times
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