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Thank you to the corporations, minority businesses, and governmental organizations & agencies who partner with us annually to help us carry out our mission.

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Participate or become involved

Sponsorship provides a great means of broadening your competitive edge and expanding your brand. In recent years, corporate sponsorship has become the fastest growing type of marketing in the United States.

Annual Partnership Opportunities

MBEs benefit from being certified with the largest national organization whose certification is recognized uniformly by Corporate America.

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Bring together or into contact so that a real relationship is established

Corporate Members can request a list of MBEs in specific categories here

EMSDC can facilitate introductions between certified MBEs and corporate buyers. Request an introduction here.


Become larger or greater over a period of time

Learn about open bids from our corporate members here

Corporate Plus® is an unprecedented membership program for NMSDC-certified minority businesses of the highest caliber.

The Centers of Excellence program facilitates the development and growth of certified diverse businesses to compete and become more prepared to meet the more rigorous vendor requirements currently in use by the council member corporations. Learn More


Capacity or power to have a strong effect on someone or something

Purchases from MBEs help foster jobs and economic activity in underrepresented segments of the business and customer community. Click here for the 2019 report.

NMSDC Certification Reimbursement Initiative

NMSDC is excited to announce the Certification Reimbursement Initiative. This program provides a way for minority business enterprises (MBEs) to eliminate the burden of the certification fee. Each business must meet the funding criteria of the funding sponsor company.

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PAGE Hurdle Fund

The Hurdle Fund serves Black and Brown-owned businesses seeking to eliminate small, low-cost hurdles – including insurance, equipment, certification, and more – in order to win new or grow existing contracts with local institutions.

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PepsiCo Greenhouse Accelerator Juntos Crecemos Edition Returns

PepsiCo invites businesses to apply for its mentorship program and a chance to receive up to $120,000 in business grants. This edition of Greenhouse Accelerator will focus on elevating high-potential Hispanic-owned CPG food and beverage startups that demonstrate the promise of transforming the industry with snacks and beverages that are better for people and the ...

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Featured Development Programs

2022 Foundations “Powered by Exelon”

Foundations is a program sponsored by Exelon Company and administered by the Capital Region and the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Councils. Foundations is an executive level program designed to familiarize you with aspects of the utility business.

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MillionBound Info Session Deadline to Apply

Learn more about the upcoming Peer-to-Peer Learning Cohort with entrepreneurs forever for EMSDC certified MBEs in Southwestern PA. Learn about what the program is, how it works, and if your company qualifies. Deadline to apply April 22, 2024.

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Get in the Know: How to get NMSDC Certified

Are you a minority-owned business looking to grow their business or access new opportunities? Is your business already in the certification process and in need of assistance? Then join EMSDC for our pre-certification workshop.

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June 6, 2024

The Philadelphia Council for Business Economics “Economic Outlook” with Kelsey Berro

The Philadelphia Council for Business Economics, A Chapter of NABE is pleased to present Kelsey Berro Vice President, Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

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June 6, 2024

Advantages to Exporting to Canada & Mexico

PA representatives from Toronto (Nancy WardPrincipal & Founder at Grow Trade Consulting Inc., Pennsylvania Authorized Trade Representative in Canada) and Mexico City (Efren FloresGeneral Director, Global Business Partners Mexico, Pennsylvania Authorized Trade Representative in Mexico) will be joining us in Pittsburgh to deliver this high-content forum, with a workshop opportunity to increase sales of PA companies into these two exciting markets.

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June 10, 2024

CEIR Conference

Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable's 12th annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Engage with influential figures from business, government, academia, and nonprofits across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Together, we're championing diversity in employment and supply chains, especially for African Americans and people of color.

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