Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 12, 2013
The Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) hosts its 17th annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction on Aug. 26. Simply by playing golf, participants support minority business enterprises (MBEs); proceeds from the event will fund educational opportunities for those businesses.
“The importance of this Scholarship Fundraiser is that part of our mission is to develop education opportunities for our MBEs and corporate members,” said Fernando Martinez, president and CEO of Northwest MSDC. “With this event, we leverage the opportunity to first, have some fun while we’re networking. And second, fundraise so that we can scholarship MBEs to participate in training. Through the education, we’re better preparing MBEs to do business with corporations.”
“Our MBEs win, our corporate members benefit from the opportunity to work with well-educated and well-trained MBEs, and we benefit because we manage the process of engagement,” Martinez said.
MBEs can receive scholarship funds to attend minority executive programs offered by two prestigious business schools across the country; participate in Northwest MSDC’s events and conferences throughout the year; or travel to the annual National MSDC Conference.
This year, the fundraiser will take place at the beautiful Plateau Club, an 18-hole course in Sammamish, Wash. The event starts at 11 a.m., with boxed lunch provided, and concludes at 8 p.m. with an awards dinner. More than 300 MBEs and 100 corporate members have been invited to the fundraiser, and organizers are seeking donations for the silent auction as well as event sponsors. The last day to register is Aug. 19.
“The Scholarship Fundraiser enables us to help all of our stakeholders,” Martinez said. “It fulfills an importance piece of our mission.”
Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council
For 35 years, the Northwest MSDC has been linking major corporations and public agencies to minority-owned businesses, a multi-billion dollar sector representing and impacting today's global economy. The Northwest MSDC currently serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Visit the Northwest MSDC website for more information.