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Certification Benefits
Standardized, National Certification – 24 Regional Affiliates across the country adhere to and execute the thorough, rigorous policies and procedures of the National Minority Supplier Development Council for the purpose of certifying minority-owned businesses.  As a result, our National Buying Partners are able to source vendors nationally, and our certified MBEs gain national access to opportunity.
National Access - NMSDC-certified MBEs will be accessible to and recognized by all national corporate members of the NMSDC Network which means that if a major buying entity that has invested in a national membership with NMSDC, they can use keywords and NAICS codes to find your company for possible opportunities.
Local Access – In addition to being included on the NMSDC’s national database, certified MBEs will ALSO be included in the local database of the Regional Affiliate where the MBE firm is either headquartered or has purchased a subscription services.  This means that major buying partners which have opted to invest in a local membership with NMSDC, can use keywords and NAICS codes to find your company for possible opportunities.
For MBEs that are seeking to do business in markets outside of their own headquarters, MBEs can now subscribe to Regional Affiliates and enjoy fee-based, value-added services and support that are unique to that market.  For example, if your firm is based in Texas, but you are interested in doing business in the Washington DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia areas, you may invest in a subscription with the Capital Region Council which covers these targeted areas and begin to receive information on opportunities and resources in that area.


NMSDC’s rigorous certification process requires that minority businesses in our Network are at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled. Eligibility is established by conducting a series of screenings, interviews and site visits. This distinguishes NMSDC from other organizations or entities who publish directories allowing for “self-certification” as their standard.

Stringent standardization also identifies bona fide minority businesses, helping purchasing agents report expenditures as well as vendor utilization rates. These procedures help to quantify overall performance and progress.

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