The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization established to create and develop business opportunities for minority business enterprises between corporations and public agencies resulting in economic development in the communities we serve.
During the late 1960's when civil strife was running rampant in the City of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a citizen group then twenty-five years old, which a key role in leading a program which is internationally known as "The Pittsburgh Renaissance", began to reorient its programs away from an economic and physical rebuilding emphasis to economic and development programs with human interest. As part of a vital three-point program, the Allegheny Conference explored and organized a minority entrepreneur loan program, aimed at providing opportunities for ambitious minority citizens of the Pittsburgh area desiring to expand an existing business or build a new business-the Economic Development Committee, which was the forerunner of the Pittsburgh Business Resource Center.
In 1972, start up monies became available through the Federal Government, to create Business Resources Centers, whose programs were similar to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development's economic development program.Thus the Pittsburgh Business Resource Center was incorporated under the Non-Profit Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on September 21, 1972.In order to fulfill these purposes, the Center has developed a broad range of programs. A primary program of the Business Resource Center is its Minority Purchasing Council, developed to encourage corporations on both the local and national levels to purchase goods and services from minority entrepreneurs.The Pittsburgh Regional Minority Purchasing Council became associated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in a nationwide network of then 50 regional councils.
The Council's main function is to register and certify minority owned businesses.The process ensures that these businesses are 51% minority owned and operated in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Minority Supplier Development Council the WPMSDC is one of the 38 councils affiliated with the NMSDC. In order to more effectively carry out its mission, the PRMPC provides support to corporate members and certified MBEs in our service area of Western Pennsylvania.