Update… TSMSDC Announcement #2 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

UPDATE…  
TSMSDC ANNOUNCEMENT #2


March 31, 2020

Dear Valued Stakeholders:

TSMSDC Stands Ready!
 
 
 

TSMSDC is prepared and ready to support our stakeholders during this difficult time. By working together, we strongly believe we can mitigate the spread of this pandemic.  

Our infrastructure, communication and collaboration capability means TSMSDC can continue to deliver support to you. 

 
In the coming weeks, we will continue to navigate the constraints of this fast-moving landscape to deliver services to you without disruption. We understand that you may need extra or different support over this period, and we encourage you to stay in touch with us.  
 

 

Building Management Office Updates!
  • Nashville:  Cushman & Wakefield Property Management has extended their work from home mandate to Monday, April 13, 2020.  They will not be onsite, but available via e-mail and telephone.
  • Louisville:  Al J. Schneider Company is following the government guidelines and will be available via e-mail or telephone.

Status of Programs, Events, and Activities!  
  • The Impact Awards scheduled May 7 has been postponed to July 31.
  • The interviews of 19 graduating high school scholarship candidates will be rescheduled prior to the Impact Awards Gala.
  • The Certification Committee meeting was held on March 19.  Meetings will continue via online conferencing.
  • Both Executive Committee (April 15) and board meeting (April 22)will take place via conference call.
  • We will review all other activities planned near the time and will advise you accordingly. 
  • Staff meetings will continue via conference call every Monday morning. 
  • The 2020 Marketplace will go on as scheduled on September 29-30, 2020. 
  • inBusiness Magazine is still in progress with a new target date of Q3. 
  • The ‘Raising the Bar’ Mini-Series is on schedule for the July 23, and hosted by Louisville Metropolitan Government.
  • Both the weekly Community Business News Bulletin of Bid Opportunities and the monthly TriState Talking News will continue to go out as scheduled.
  • Planning meetings are in process for COENext and information will be forthcoming to the 19 MBEs and 9 corporations. 

Technology Ready!
  • We will continue to deliver our events online and will be announcing schedules of webinars.
  • We are collaborating with our national office who continues to offer a series of Town Hall Live Webinars. Please look out for further announcements on our TSMSDC website and Social Media.
  • Due to the recent devastating tornadoes, our Server was damaged and a new one is on order. We are researching options to replace our telephone system.
  • We have installed upgraded software
  • Maximizing QuickBooks for accounting
  • Continuing to upgrade office equipment

 
Certification Access!

The TSMSDC MBE Certification process is unchanged for both new certification applications and re-certifications. We are still open to receive first-time applications and re-certification applications.  Feel free to go online to secure and complete the respective applications. Site visit interviews will be conducted via Skype. During this unique time, we will accept and process re-certifications.  The applicant is to provide previous year returns and/or the 2019 financials.  If the application is not notarized, the applicant is to sign and submit the application. No payment extensions will be offered at this time.  If you have any questions, please contact Derrick Dowell, Vice President, at 615-259-4699, or via e-mail ddowell@tsmsdc.net, or visit our website: 

Prevention Tips!
 
Susan Marston, Regional VP of Kentucky and West Virginia of TSMSDC, created some invaluable tips on coping with the spread and reducing the risk of COVID-19.  We will continue to keep you updated on information pertinent to this pandemic.  As such, we encourage you to consider her tips below:
 
General Information:
CDC Frequently Asked Questions:
 
Prevention:

Stay safe and be well! We will get through this pandemic… Together!
 
Best regards,
 
CHERI K. HENDERSON
PRESIDENT & CEO
TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC)
MetroCenter, Plaza 1 Building
220 Athens Way, Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37228
 
T:   615.259.4699
TF: 844.793.1289
F:   615.259.9480
Kentucky Regional Office: 502.365.9762
W: tsmsdc.net
 
An Affiliate of NMSDC

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