Certification/Recertification Application

Corporate Membership

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Supplier Diversity Program development support.

Identification and certification of minority business enterprises (MBEs).

MBE referrals and/or introductions.

Access to networking opportunities.

Assistance in RFP/bid distribution.


Membership in the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) enables you to leverage the knowledge of other corporate supplier management and diversity professionals. We provide educational sessions to enhance your skills, peer-to-peer mentoring to share best practices, and industry-specific benchmarking. You’ll stay abreast of common supplier metrics so that you can accurately track your performance.

If you don’t have a fully developed supplier diversity program, we can help. We have the expertise to help you get your program started. EMSDC provides assistance and support in planning your diverse supplier events and matchmakers. In addition, our Awards Galas provide the perfect venue for you to recognize your best team players in supplier management.

Access to our comprehensive online database of certified minority vendors, listed by industry. This database offers you a complete listing of the region’s MBEs, many of whom have been recognized for their quality products and services. In line with your company’s needs, EMSDC can match you with certified MBEs that are well-equipped to handle your specific area(s) of need. Our administration of NMSDC’s national MBE certification process ensures the validity of your corporate spend with bona fide ethnic minority suppliers and assures that your efforts to support local and regional minority suppliers are being realized. Annual certification verifies ownership, operations and control of each business to ensure that our databases are accurate and up to date, and that our suppliers meet your compliance standards.

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We foster relationship-building by creating networking events throughout the year which enable you to get to know the people behind the products and services you purchase. Our largest events include Conferences (R.O.A.R.), Youth Entrepreneur Scholarship Tournament, Stellar Awards Luncheon and Choice Awards Gala. In addition, our calendar is filled with great events to enhance your outreach efforts and help you meet the right people.

Our Corporate Members are often too busy to find and vet their own candidates for contracts. For this reason, EMSDC offers our corporate members personalized matchmaking services. You tell us what you need–the scope and scale of work to be done–and we seek out vet and refer appropriate candidates from our database of MBEs. Our personal relationships with both corporations and MBEs make us uniquely qualified to find a match that works for both parties.


Designate a primary contact person as a liaison to the EMSDC and for minority entrepreneurs wishing to do business with your company.

Establish a minority business development policy or plan.

Establish goals for purchases from minority suppliers and actively seek minority vendors to fulfill these goals.

Actively promote the EMSDC goals and objectives.

Participate in and support EMSDC events and activities.

Report business activity with MBEs annually to the EMSDC (these figures will be kept confidential).

Corporate Plus® is an unprecedented membership program for NMSDC-certified minority businesses of the highest caliber. This program was created to address corporate member requests for assistance in locating minority suppliers with the capacity to fulfill national contracts.

The Corporate Plus® members have demonstrated their capacity to execute national contracts for major corporations. NMSDC national corporate members nominate MBEs for this designation, which elevates their profile among national corporate members and facilitates the MBEs broader participation throughout the NMSDC network.

The success of the Corporate Plus® program and member MBEs helps raise the level and perception of minority businesses to national prominence in corporate America.


» Request for list of MBEs

» RFP/Bid Distribution

The Global Supplier Management Group is moving towards World Class Performance – Best Supplier Management Processes, Best Supplier Management Teams and the Best Suppliers/Partners. Fostering an inclusive supply chain is a key part of this journey. Hosting an Indirect Procurement Supplier Forum is designed to enable breakthrough performance in specific categories.


To address specific small and diverse sourcing needs/gaps within key Indirect Procurement categories;

To identify small and diverse suppliers to enable our journey to World Class

A corporate supply chain and MBE development program, offering a commodity-specific/invitation only lunch and straight talk with corporate members. NMSDC Corporate members are asked to identify upcoming projects and opportunities and target specific MBEs based on identified capabilities to fill the required sourcing need. Registration is limited to a small group of MBEs (on a first to respond basis). Objective is to discuss challenges, share positive experiences, current and future sourcing needs, as well as provide information on how to engage with your company.

A program of the NMSDC® that is offered to all of our corporate members. NMSDC Central is a national online database that provides comprehensive information on more then 12,000 of America’s top minority-owned firms. We will provide you with access to the database and you can also email our Director of Corporate Relations for assistance.

E-Introductions – provide a synopsis to the supplier diversity team with an introduction of the MBE

Newsletter – Quarterly, the Council distributes a newsletter of all of our activities for the past few months. We highlight Corporate Member and our certified MBE accomplishments and business activities.

Diversity Information Resources (DIR) seminars bring practicing professionals together for innovative learning. “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process,” “Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives”.