Subscription Services

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The Eastern MSDC strives to expand and foster relationships for Certified Minority Owned Businesses (MBEs) and Corporate Members. We offer many opportunities and services such as MBE Training, Educational Workshops, Quarterly Forums, Networking Meetings, Subscription Services and much more.

Subscription Services

As of January 1, 2014, MBEs no longer need to obtain reciprocal certification to do business with a national member in another state or NMSDC region. Previously, for reciprocal services to be initiated between the home certifying Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (RMSDC) and the affiliate approached for reciprocal service, a reciprocal service form was completed using the Affiliate Portal (AP). Now, the RMSDC will provide subscription services to certified MBEs in good standing with their home certifying affiliate. The AP is being configured to allow subscriptions to be provided to those certified MBEs who wish to receive services over and above those provided with a basic certification. The certified MBE will not have to provide proof of certification from their home certifying RMSDC if you apply via the portal; all other paper applications will need to submit your current certification.

What is a subscription?

A subscription is an agreement to receive or be given access to affiliate products or services, such as:

Access to top corporate purchasing agents

Premium business connection outings and networking events

Regional or industry-specific newsletters

Vital introductions to national corporate members

Specialized procurement conferences and trade fairs

Supplier Diversity summits and roundtable discussions

Mentor-Protégé pairings and other educational or development programs

Premium Services

Bid and/or Opportunity Boards

Letters of Introduction

Office space for meetings (maximum capacity is 8)

Participation in One-on-One Meetings with Corporate Members

Educational Classes

Referral Letters

Introduction to other MBEs for strategic alliance

Qualified MBE for participation in National programs – Kellogg and Tuck and University of Washington Foster School of Business


Each Affiliate Regional Council will have a set of subscription services to offer certified MBEs that choose to do business in another service area. The services will be accessed using the affiliate council website or existing AP, as either a bundle of services or on a pay-as-you go basis. Some services will be specific to a dominant industry or will be unique to the region or market in the service area. Other services will be based on the ability to provide specialized services, such as office rental or technology support.

The 23 NMSDC Affiliate Regional Councils will provide the following Standard Services for certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) without additional charge:

Certification process

Post-certification briefing

Inclusion in and access to the NMSDC supplier database

Discounted fees for registration at NMSDC national events

Eligibility for participation in NMSDC development programs


Eligibility for subscription services

In order to qualify for subscription services, your company must meet the following requirements:

Must be an actively certified MBE within the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) network.

Must be in good financial standing with your home RMSDC at the time of the subscription service request.

Must be more than 60 days away from your home RMSDC

certification expiration date when applying for subscription services.

Length of subscription services

A subscription service runs concurrently with your home affiliate council certification. The subscription expiration date will be the same as your home council certification expiration date. For example, if Company X is certified in Georgia with GMSDC from January 30, 2014 until January 30, 2015, then the subscription expiration date in Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware with EMSDC should also expire on the same date as the GMSDC certificate — January 30, 2015.

Timing rules for subscriptions

All MBEs are welcome to subscribe to the service at any time. However, any NMSDC-certified MBE requesting subscription services within 60 days of their certification expiring at their home certifying RMSDC will be asked to withhold their request until re-certification with their home certifying RMSDC is completed.

Fee Structure

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$0 to $1M
$1M to $10M
$10M to $50M
Over $50

We look forward to working with you at the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Meg Markley can be reached at or 412-391-4423.

Make payments payable and mail to EMSDC:

Rodin Place
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 308
Philadelphia, PA 19130