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With over 50 years of experience as an industry expert in Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) enrichment, development, and impact, EMSDC offers certified minority suppliers valuable resources to help your business grow and succeed.

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

*Certification fees are non refundable and range from $300-$1,250 based on annual sales. Learn more about reimbursement opportunities here.

National Recognition

Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification recognition in the United States.

Access to Corporate Buyers

Certified MBEs can access the Corporate Directory with corporate buyer contact information.

Exposure to Business Opportunities

Many certified MBEs confirm an increase in revenue by partnering with Corporate Members.

Award Opportunities

Compete for annual prestigious local, regional, and national supplier excellence awards.

Listed in the Supplier Databases

Listing in the NMSDC supplier database, NMSDC Central; Inclusion in a new digital platform, Diverse Yellow Pages; Use of e-commece platform, Diverse Marketplace.

Professional Development

Participation in educational programs and workshops to assist in professional development.

Access to Seminars Hosted by Leading Corporations

Learn about what they buy, how they source, and how suppliers can compete for opportunities.

Networking Events

Invitations to networking events and more. View our calendar of events.

MBE-to-MBE Opportunities

Second Tier and MBE-to-MBE spend business opportunities.

Inclusion to Support Growth

Inclusion in Industry Sector Groups, industry-led and focused initiatives designed specifically to support the growth of companies within a specific industry sector.

Who Qualifies for EMSDC Certification?

The owner(s) must be a United States citizen.

Minority businesses must be at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly-owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.

Must be a for-profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories. If your business is NOT located in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey or Delaware, refer to NMSDC.

Management and daily operations must be exercised by the minority ownership member(s).

Who should get certified?

At EMSDC, we help position minority suppliers for success by sharing with them not only who will qualify for certification but who will also benefit from it. Often, businesses interested in certification should wait to build their capacity before applying or risk finding little value.

Minority suppliers ready for certification include those who have:

  • The capacity to provide goods and services to Fortune 500 corporations or their prime suppliers
  • Broad geographic coverage
  • Experience working with major corporations
  • The capacity for growth

If your company does not meet these recommended standards, then EMSDC strongly suggests you develop your business and consider applying for certification at a future date or become Listed or Registered