The National Minority Supplier Development Council ® (NMSDC®) (www.nmsdc.org )
Provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. NMSDC is one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The council is integrated by 39 regional councils.
Once a company has received a certification by any of the members of the MSDC it is possible to receive a “Reciprocal Certification” by other Council. The company must first be certified through their “home” council prior to applying for reciprocal services through the SMSDC. A copy of their “home” council certification must be provided at the time of the request.
They are 3 Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) in Texas:
Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Council
Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Council was founded in 1973 and is based in Dallas, Texas. Certification for ethnic Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
Phone: (214) 630-0747
Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC)
Established in 1973 the HMSDC has a membership of more than 220 major corporations and more than 900 minority businesses. The HMSDC has been recognized several times as Council of the Year for its outstanding contributions to minority business development.
Phone: (713) 271-7805
Annual Event: EXPO
Read: A Conversation With Richard Huebner
Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
This office serves the southwest region and they have offices in Austin, Harlingen, San Antonio and El Paso.
Austin: (512) 386-8766
Eva Leos, Vice President
Criteria for Certification
For purposes of NMSDC's program, a minority group member is an individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least 1/4 or 25% minimum (documentation to support claim of 25% required from applicant) of the following:
Asian-Indian A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Asian-Pacific A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
Black A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
Hispanic A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
Native American A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).