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City of Seattle & King
Coronavirus and the
Minority Community Help from Tabor 100
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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
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Asha Specialty Events, LLC
Black Orchid Notary
Perry Watson II
Awaken Therapeutic Services, PLLC
Glaze Research and Consulting
FMS Global Strategies
C Davis Texas bbq
Lincoln Towing Enterprises Inc.
1 Alliance Geomatics
Jeffrey Taylor State Farm Insurance
Jet Cleaning and Maintenance
City Group Solutions
Lift Ur Voice LLC
Othello Station Pharmacy
Laced Tight Construction LLC
Teonn Potts Sr.
Laced Tight Construction LLC
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF COVID-19 CASES IN THE UNITED STATES
AS OF APRIL 15, 2020, AT 4PM ET (N=465,995)*
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Newsletter Graphic Design and Editor:
Henry Yates, PublicAffairs@Tabor100.org
General Meeting and Orientation Photos
Courtesy of Keith Williams Flyright
WE ENCOURAGE YOU
TO REACH OUT!
Most face-to-face events have
been suspended for the
Regardless, there are many
virtual meetings occurring now
and many being arranged as
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
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
email@example.com to get connected, and to find the latest information visit the
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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6719471105046052620
Public works projects are advertised in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and
online at the eBid eXchange website: https://www.ebidexchange.com/seattle/. 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
Purchasing and Contracting
Division Director: Liz Alzeer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Seattle
strives to promote
equity in our
through the following
• WMBE Inclusion
• Priority Hire
• Acceptable Work Sites
Purchasing and Contracting Division Director: Liz Alzeer, email@example.com
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.
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. https://rcfwashington.org/
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
Purchasing and Contracting Division Director: Liz Alzeer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 &
KING COUNTY PROCUREMENT
Learn about current King County
procurements and upcoming (not yet advertised)
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.
Call (206) 263-9400
King County, Business Development & Con-
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
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
King County, Business Development & Contract