Minority Business Criteria

Who Qualifies for EMSDC Certification?

EMSDC Mandatory Criteria

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?

EMSDC Suggested Criteria

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.