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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.

Selling to the World

Selling to the World: Growing a Vibrant, Inclusive and Connected Economy for Greater Philadelphia is the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia’s (WTCGP) exciting new program to restore and expand the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both established exporters and new-to-exporting companies. Deadline March 15, 2023.

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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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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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April 24, 2024

Doing Green Business with the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Come join us for an exciting event focused on sustainable business practices! In collaboration with EMSDC, we encourage you to come out and learn how to incorporate eco-friendly strategies into your company's operations and make a positive impact on the environment. Network with like-minded professionals and discover new opportunities for growth.

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April 24, 2024

OEO Doing Business in the City

Introduction to PennDOT via ProRank. The goal of each workshop is to share pathways toward generational wealth for minority-, women-, disabled-owned businesses. Presenter: Kyron Robinson, ProRank Managing Partner and PA DBE Supportive Services Center Program Manager.

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April 24, 2024

Call to Serve, CDC and The NCCA Construction Job Fair

Call to Serve, CDC and The NCCA are holding a Job Fair on April 24, 2024 at Zion Baptist Church,

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