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Tabor 100 is committed to business development, economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.

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  1. 1. 1 February GM photos City of Seattle & King County Newsletters COVID-19 Help Coronavirus and the Minority Community Help from Tabor 100 March 2020 Get the newsletter online and stay connected through social media! Message from the President The last several weeks have been unsettling for all of us. Tabor 100 has worked diligently to ensure we provide as much helpful information as possible during this crisis. We do not want to overload you and are reviewing carefully what we send so that is it truly a benefit as we all go through this crisis. The HUB is open, but we have changed our hours and procedures. Each day, before opening, we ensure the entire facility is disinfected, on top of the weekly cleaning conducted by our landlord. Upon entering the HUB you must use hand sanitizer and we provide gloves that you are required to wear during your time at the facility. We are stringent in practicing “social distancing” and other safe interaction practices mandated by state and local government. The HUB will continue operations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. We want to know what you need as a small business owner. We will work hard to make sure whatever resources you need, you get. Our Board is actively seeking ways to help all of you. Let us know what you need and if you are able to help, let us know that too. For those of you who have some special expertise or insight into this dilemma and ways to better weather the storm, your assistance is welcome. There is a good deal of funding at the federal, state, and local levels and we want to see Tabor 100 members get a good chunk of it. We want to connect you with opportunities that have come about as a result of this COVID-19 situation and might actually benefit your business. We have strong connections to policy-makers at the state and local level and want to leverage those connections for you. Let us know what we can do. In closing, I pray all of you and your families get through this in good health and that your businesses and employment endeavors are stronger when it is over with than when it started. Do not hesitate to call on Tabor if there is anything you need or anything you can give. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” —2 Timothy 1:7
  2. 2. 2 February 2020 General Meeting Photos
  3. 3. 3 WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Asha Biney Asha Specialty Events, LLC Brenda Charles-Edwards Black Orchid Notary Perry Watson II Marysville Toyota Erika Cherry Awaken Therapeutic Services, PLLC Shaun Glaze Glaze Research and Consulting Paula Sardinas FMS Global Strategies Charles Davis C Davis Texas bbq Christina Harrison Destiny's Designs Chuck Labertew Lincoln Towing Enterprises Inc. Jason Nakamura 1 Alliance Geomatics Kenn Rivers GovBusiness NW Jeffrey Taylor Jeffrey Taylor State Farm Insurance Johnnie Hart Jet Cleaning and Maintenance Rodger Hicks Rodger Hicks Dechelle Henderson City Group Solutions Janelle Johnson Lift Ur Voice LLC Ahmed Ali Othello Station Pharmacy Stacy Stephens Laced Tight Construction LLC Teonn Potts Sr. Laced Tight Construction LLC
  4. 4. 4 PAULA SARDINAS APPOINTED CEO OF BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS OF PUGET SOUND Tabor 100 member Paula Sardinas has been chosen to lead Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Sardinas, who is also a member of the state African American Commission, has a career spanning 25 years working in Telecom, Engineering, Banking, IT, STEM (Financial Literacy), and Public Policy. “We are pleased to have Paula, who is an incredibly talented leader, navigate us through this time of uncertainty and to grow (our) staff and our ability to impact more kids, families, and our community,” said Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound Board Chair, Chelsey Owen. Sardinas’ commitment to minority youth is substantial. As Vice President of Innovation and Transformation at HAPO Community Credit Union, Sardinas transformed HAPO’s strategic business strategy and created HAPO Academy focusing on Financial Literacy and STEM Education. In addition, she helped launched several STEM Programs in Eastern and Southwest Washington. Creating diverse and inclusive programs, Sardinas believes STEM education creates a path to all communities regardless of socioeconomic background and status--pathways that allow each student to select the path that is right for them. "Savvy financial consumers--own their future. My goal is to ensure communities of color harness this power and control their financial future," said Sardinas. In her new role, Sardinas intends to provide an environment for people to achieve their highest level. Her philosophy is, “Taking risks and failing are often necessary for innovation and developing the best possible outcomes. We will take risks and learn from our mistakes, and this will propel us to the forefront of cultivating staff talent, developing the highest quality and innovative service delivery models, and measuring our impact.” Sardinas boasts a long history in public policy and government affairs having engaged in legislative and policy efforts on behalf of major institutions. She served as Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the NW Credit Union Association and as a member of the AT&T Florida’s Legislative & Regulatory Affairs team. Sardinas earned her AA and BBA from Columbia College in Missouri and is pursuing an MBA at the College of William & Mary ('20). She has also worked with and for the Administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama on various programs to increase opportunities and access for women and children. RESOURCES ABOUT CORONAVIRUS ISSUES INCLUDING BUSINESS FUNDING (in English and other languages) (in English and Spanish)
  5. 5. 5 CORONAVIRUS HAS GREATER IMPACT ON MINORITY COMMUNITIES THAT OTHERS: Henry Yates, Public Affairs Chair Recent information from the few states that compile coronavirus (known as COVID-19) data show that African Americans and Hispanics are dying at much higher rates from the disease than their white counterparts. It is generally recognized among health professionals that African American and Hispanic families and individuals suffer more from any general ailment that affects society as a whole. In the case of COVID-19, there is not adequate reporting of its impact on minority communities. This has led to resources for testing and treatment to not be targeted on the populations that are most impacted. In a few areas of the country, there is better reporting of the disease by race including Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, and North Carolina. In each of these states data shows that blacks specifically are dying at a disproportionally higher rate than whites. New York City, currently the epicenter of the pandemic, has reported that Hispanics count for 34% of the COVID-19 deaths and represent 29% of the population while African Americans count for 28% of the deaths and make up 22% of the city’s population. Whites are 32% of New York’s residents, yet account for 27% of the deaths. In some parts of the south where reporting has occurred, deaths among minorities are even more skewed. In Louisiana for instance, a hard hit state where there have been almost 1,200 deaths, 70% were African American and 29% were white, while only 32% of the state’s population is African American. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data on COVID-19 and race and ethnicity (see chart next page). The Congressional Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, and other leading political figures have called for states to release more racial data. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus said communities of color have long suffered because of health disparities, “but you can’t fix what you don’t measure.” It is documented that communities of color have long faced disparities in the health care system, in part because of discrimination, poor health and insufficient insurance coverage. “This (pandemic) exposes the structural deficits that we’ve all known about, but when you put an accelerant like coronavirus in the midst where African Americans are disparately impacted,” it demands solutions said Derrick Johnson, President of the national NAACP. TAKE THE SURVEY! Tabor 100 is conducting a survey to determine how you are doing and how it can help in these trying times. We want to tailor whatever assistance we provide to your needs. We intend to offer help to our members in every area of their business including providing access to grant and loan monies available at the federal, state and local levels as well as pointing them to opportunities that are still available even though we are “locked down” due to coronavirus. Your filling out the survey is critical during this unprecedented upheaval of business and personal life. We want to help any way we can. Please complete the short survey by going to the link below.
  7. 7. 7 AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR MEMBERS AND THE MINORITY COMMUNITY IN WASHINGTON STATE TABOR 100 BOARD OF DIRECTORS In its role as a central information hub for the minority business community, Tabor 100 is working to get needed information to our members and others to help them get through the Covid-19 crisis. We have done much of this on a volunteer basis, but our hope is that with funding on the horizon for doing this sort of work, we will capture some. On the other hand, we intend to use whatever resources we have to assist Tabor 100 members and others in the community. Tabor 100 has been in the forefront of the effort to promote and grow African American and other minority businesses since its founding in 1998. Some of the state’s most successful minority businesses got their start at Tabor 100. Our goal over the next 6-12 months is to ensure that legacy continues, and to support African American and other minority businesses to keep them viable. Tabor 100 is the current proving ground for the next generation of Washington state’s most successful minority businesses. Tabor 100 has adopted a three part “action plan” to address the pandemic for its members and other minorities in Washington state. Part 1 Provide as much information as possible about “shelter in place, appropriate health practices, origin of the pandemic, etc…. We ensure our members are kept up to date on business and school closures, new health directives and how and when to seek medical assistance. Tabor 100 is serving as a central outlet, compiling key facts and ensuring our members and others in the minority community get good information on the health aspects of the pandemic. Our website, newsletter and Facebook page will display as much information as possible. Part 2 We are getting as much information out as possible designed to assist African American and other minority businesses to stay in business. We are informing them of grant and loan opportunities at all levels of government. In addition, we are offering one-on-one assistance in applying for grants, loans, and accessing other programs available during the COVID 19 dilemma. We are providing our members and other minorities mechanisms to address employee retention, cash-flow management and places to go for relief of the burdens of running a business when you cannot operate (i.e. – rent and tax forgiveness programs). We disseminate information on practical ways to stay afloat during this period and, with a resident small business banking presence in our HUB facility, we can help our members and others in the minority community with “bridge loans”, federal payroll protection monies, and other financial products. Part 3 We emphasize steering our members and others in the minority community to opportunities that will aid them in pursuing and securing business during these difficult times. There are many government agencies operating and we are working to have their representatives, many who are Tabor 100 members, participate in video conferences in which they explain how their agency is handling its contracting and procurement tasks and how minority firms should engage with them. We intend to have many sessions with city (Seattle and others), county, state (various agencies) and federal agencies. In the sessions, these government entities will explain to our members and other minorities who will be invited, how their agencies are moving forward. We will work to find opportunities that exist even during the current situation.
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  9. 9. 9 THE TABOR 100 BOARD President: Ollie Garrett Vice President: Brian Sims Treasurer: Aundrea Jackson Secretary: Sherlita Kennedy Membership: Darci Henderson Education: Kevin C. Washington Public Affairs: Henry Yates Economic Development: Manal al-Ansi Government Affairs: David Hackney Fund Development: Abdul Yusuf Business Development: Anthony Burnett TABOR 100 Economic Development HUB 7100 Fort Dent Way Tukwila, WA 98188 206-368-4042 Newsletter Graphic Design and Editor: Henry Yates, General Meeting and Orientation Photos Courtesy of Keith Williams Flyright Productions,, 206-860-9813 WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT! UPCOMING EVENTS Most face-to-face events have been suspended for the foreseeable future. Regardless, there are many virtual meetings occurring now and many being arranged as we speak. Tabor 100 will strive to ensure its members and the minority community overall are made aware of these virtual sessions through the newsletter as well as on our website and Facebook page.
  10. 10. City of Seattle Purchasing and Contracting - COVID-19 Outbreak To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Purchasing and Contracting is temporarily closing our customer service counters through Monday, April 13. Purchasing and Contracting staff will also temporarily suspend our office hours at Tabor 100. Staff are still available to take your call and support work with WMBEs. Please contact Carmen Kucinski at to get connected, and to find the latest information visit the pages below. Small Business COVID-19 Weekly Webinar OED is holding weekly calls to share new info, hear about the impacts businesses are experiencing and answering their questions. Wednesdays from 11:00am- 12:00pm. Register for the webinars at: Public works projects are advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and online at the eBid eXchange website: A complete list is on the Purchasing and Contracting (PC) website at Purchasing and goods and services are posted on the Buy Line Blog: Consultant contracts are available on the Consultant Connection website: City of Seattle WMBE News March 2020 Purchasing and Contracting Division Director: Liz Alzeer, The City of Seattle strives to promote equity in our purchasing and contracting opportunities through the following social equity programs: • WMBE Inclusion • Apprenticeship • Priority Hire • Acceptable Work Sites
  11. 11. 2 Purchasing and Contracting Division Director: Liz Alzeer, Following Outreach to Small Business Owners, Mayor Durkan Announces Initial Recovery Package to Ease Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Outbreak Following robust outreach to small business owners and community stakeholders, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced new initial actions to provide immediate relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Her actions build off Governor Inslee’s announcement to help individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. The initial support package is broken down into five components: 1. Deferral of B&O Taxes. The department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for eligible business owners, allowing small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. 2. Expansion of Small Business Stabilization Fund. OED is expanding their Small Business Stabilization Fund to support income-qualified microbusinesses. 3. Assistance to Access SBA Loans. OED will provide direct technical assistance to local small businesses and nonprofits to ensure they can immediately access the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal loan program once it becomes available. 4. Relief for Utility Payments. All SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19. 5. New Small Business Recovery Task Force. The Mayor has appointed former Governor Gary Locke and former Council President Bruce Harrell to lead the COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Task Force, which will advise on long-term policy recommendations and provide technical assistance and outreach. Upcoming Events The Regional Contracting Forum (RCF) is cancelled until future notice. The RCF is a network event hosted by Washington government associations to meet with businesses. This “reverse trade show” style- networking event is an opportunity for companies to meet with prime contractors and government organizations to ask questions and get information on how to do business with government. 2020 City of Seattle Upcoming Consultant Projects Forum Thursday July 02, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12 pm Seattle City Hall - Bertha Knight Landes Room. 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 We would like to invite you and your consultant community network to join us for the 2020 City of Seattle Upcoming Consultant Business Opportunities Forum. This event will provide the consultant community with information about upcoming opportunities to do business with the City of Seattle. There will be department representatives from, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Seattle City Light (SCL), and Seattle Department of Finance and Administration (FAS). Contract Managers will present information on several designs, engineering services, and support services projects. For more information contact Katia Garcia at
  12. 12. 3 Purchasing and Contracting Division Director: Liz Alzeer, The City is committed to socially responsible procurement and promoting social equity through our contracts. We work to ensure open and fair procurements, competitive and fair pricing, environmentally sustainable solutions, best labor practices, access to equal benefits and utilization of WMBE firms, when applicable, in City bid decisions and contracts. City WMBE Team WMBE Program The City actively supports utilization of WMBE on City contracts as both primes and subcontractors, and each City department establishes plans and annual voluntary goals for WMBE inclusion in consulting and purchasing contracts. The City recognizes WMBE firms that self-identify with at least 51 percent minority or women ownership. To learn more contact Miguel Beltran at 206-684-4525. Priority Hire City construction projects of $5 million or more operate under a community workforce agreement (CWA) and are required to have a percentage of project hours performed by workers living in economically distressed areas and to achieve goals for hiring women and people of color. For more information contact Anna Pavlik at 206-615-1112. Acceptable Work Sites The City requires that our construction work sites are respectful, appropriate and free from bullying, hazing and other similar behaviors. PC monitors work sites, provides trainings and materials, responds to complaints and conducts enforcement as needed. For more information, contact Michael DeGive at 206-386-4128. Policy Advisor – Mayor’s Office Edson Zavala 206-684-5584 Division Director Purchasing and Contracting-FAS Liz Alzeer 206-684-4535 Director Equity and Policy - FAS Elisa Young 206-386-4509 WMBE Compliance Miguel Beltran 206-684-4525 WMBE Assistance Carmen Kucinski 206-684-0188 Purchasing Pam Tokunaga 206-233-7114 Department WMBE Contacts Office of Arts and Culture Kelly Davidson 206-684-8362 Office of City Auditor Melissa Alderson 206-386-4168 Seattle Civil Service Commission Rhonda Lyon 206-733-9236 Education and Early Learning Tim Wolfe 206-256-5550 Information Technology Jeremy Doane 206-684-5962 Department of Neighborhoods Christian Phillips 206-684-5760 Planning and Development Melissa Lawrie 206-615-0778 Construction and Inspections Denise Campbell 206-386-4035 Seattle Employee Retirement System Mark Schimizze 206-386-1506 Finance and Administrative Services Miguel Beltran 206-684-4525 Department of Human Resources Melinda Merrell 206-470-6885 Human Service Department Susan McCallister 206-233-0014 Law Department Candice Foote 206-684-7761 Legislative Department Monica Martinez 206-684-8361 Seattle Public Library Jay Donahue 206-684-7410 Municipal Court John Kerr 206-684-8274 Office of Economic Development Yonas Seifu 206-684-0379 Office of Housing Becky Guerra 206-233-0066 Office of Hearing Examiner Patricia Cole 206-615-1570 Office of Intergovernmental Relations Tony Vo 206-684-4958 Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Katherine Cortes 206-733-9116 Sustainability and Environment Jeanie Boawn 206-615-0817 Office Labor Standards Martin Garfinkel 206-684-5397 Seattle Parks and Recreation Bianca Hill 206-386-4381 Seattle Police Department Valarie Anderson 206-733-9315 Seattle Police Pension Fund Dan Oliver 206-386-1289 Seattle City Light Kara Williams 206-549-5806 Seattle Department of Transportation Viviana Garza 206-684-5188 Seattle Center Jessica Smith 206-684-7117 Seattle Fire Department Sheila Kelly 206-686-1152 Ethics and Elections Commission Wayne Barnett 206-684-8577 Seattle Office of Civil Rights Latrice Ybarra 206-684-4539 Seattle Public Utilities Katia Garcia 206-733-9155 Seattle Waterfront Dorinda Costa 206-615-0765
  13. 13. I M P O R T A N T R E S O U R C E S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CONTRACT COMPLIANCE Learn about King County’s small business and workforce development programs. Access the Small Contractor and Supplier (SCS) directory and apply for free SCS certification using our new Diversity Compliance Management System. Questions? Email Attend a free, in-person orientation to learn about King County's vendor registration, how to apply to King County rosters, certify as a small business, and effective mar- keting strategies, and tips for submitting successful bids & proposals. VENDOR ORIENTATIONS KING COUNTY PROCUREMENT  Learn about current King County procurements and upcoming (not yet advertised) capital projects.  Sign up on to King County’s Online Vendor Regis- tration to get notifications of new contracting opportunities and events.  Apply for Small Works Roster for construction contracts under $350K  Apply for Architectural/Engineering Roster for design contracts under $500K.  Register for free vendor orientations. Questions? Email Call (206) 263-9400 CONTACT US: King County, Business Development & Con- tract Compliance
  14. 14. APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM King County establishes apprenticeship requirements on select construction projects based on the scope of work and the number of total labor hours anticipated to be worked on any given project. King County desires to create and expand access to family wage jobs for any person interested in an apprenticeship career path. W O R K F O R C E D E V E L O P M E N T PRIORITY HIRE King County’s Priority Hire Program is designed to prioritize local workers for inclusion on County construction projects estimated at $15 million or more. The Priority Hire program provides access for persons interested in pursuing career oppor- tunities in the construction industry. S M A L L B U S I N E S S P R O G R A M S The Equity & Social Justice (ESJ) Innovation Plan details actionable steps to maximize the participa- tion of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) firms. Both MBE and WBE firms must be certified by the State of Washington Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE). EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE INNOVATION PLAN CONTACT US: King County, Business Development & Contract Compliance