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EMSDC Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) has been advocating access to the American dream for MBEs for over 50 years, alongside 22 other regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) across the country. Our primary focus area is Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware, and through certification, events, and facilitating connections with corporate members committed to supplier diversity and development, we are helping to provide wealth-building opportunities for systematically excluded communities of color, including Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, and Native American.

Asianpacificheritage.gov states that May is a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.” In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are recognizing the contributions of MBEs owned by entrepreneurs who are Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or of Pacific Islander descent, and today, we are shining a spotlight on three from our region:

  • Max Construction Company
  • QPS, LLC
  • Tonbo Visual Promotions, LLC,

Max Construction Company

With over 50 years of experience in new ground-up construction, fast-track remodels, and roll-out projects, Max Construction Company (a.k.a. DJM Builders, Inc.) provides customers with “aggressive scheduling, competitive pricing, and trademark quality in managing projects of all sizes,” including commercial, restaurant and retail construction, and multi-residential dwellings. Owned by David Maxwell, President, this full-service general contracting company and MBE is headquartered in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, with a vast portfolio of local and national clients. Visit maxconstruction.com for more information.


As one of nine locations spread across three continents, QPS of Newark, Delaware is a global leader in custom-built preclinical and clinical research, providing quality services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients worldwide. This MBE was founded in 1995 by Benjamin M. Chien, PhD, who now serves as Chairman, President and CEO. QPS began as “a small molecule bioanalysis shop of three people,” and today, the company is considered one of the top contract research organizations in the world, with 1,250+ employees in the United States, Europe, India and Asia, 323 of which work in the Delaware location. To learn more, visit qps.com.

Tonbo Visual Promotions, LLC

Did you know that the word Tonbo is Japanese for Dragonfly? Founded in 1993 by Eriko Seto, President, Tonbo Visual Promotions is a woman-owned, certified MBE located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featuring a dragonfly in its logo, this fully integrated promotional marketing company “works to promote a cohesive and consistent brand image through the effective use of promotional products, printing, imprinted apparel, exhibits, displays, incentive programs and more.” Visit tonbopromo.com for additional information.

To learn more about the Eastern Minority Development Council, click here to visit our website, or contact us at info@emsdc.org.

The mission of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) is to stimulate and support economic development with minority-owned businesses throughout Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware, in an effort to initiate growth and opportunity through Supplier Diversity channels. As an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), we certify and connect MBEs with member corporations that are committed to supplier development and want to purchase their products, services, and solutions.