Certification – All government agencies, educational institutions, and most Fortune 500 companies want businesses to be certified as minority or women-owned. You can apply with the following agencies:
Minority Business Development Agency
Federal Government agencies with missions to assist minority (51% Asian, American Indian, Black or Hispanic) women (51 % all women) or small businesses (see SBA ceilings by money earnings). The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the only federal agency dedicated to advancing the establishment and growth of minority-owned firms in the United States. Through a network of minority business centers and strategic partners, MBDA works with minority entrepreneurs who wish to grow their businesses in size, scale and capacity. These firms are then better positioned to create jobs, impact local economies and expand into national and global markets. MBDA has spent more than four decades increasing the competitiveness of minority firms. For more details, check out their website at www.mbda.gov
Historical Underutilized Businesses Program (HUB)
Historically Underutilized Businesses Program (HUB) (www.dars.state.tx.us/business/hub.shtml) certifications are obtained from universities. These certifications are necessary to do business with universities and the State of Texas agencies.
North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA)
North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (www.nctrca.org) provides certification for minority and women owned businesses. This certification is necessary for 18 regional agencies such as DART, DISD, DCCCD, city governments and DFW Airport.
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
National Minority Supplier Development Council (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.
DFW Supplier Development Council (DFWSDC)
The DFW Supplier Development Council (DFWSDC) (http://msdc.adaptone.com/dfwmsdc/) is to encourage and facilitate procurement and business opportunities between Buying Entities and Certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council (DFW MSDC) is a 501 (C) (3) privately funded, nonprofit, business organization, formed in 1973 by major corporations committed to fostering a business environment which promotes access and opportunity for minority-owned businesses. The Council currently comprises 180 private and public sector buying entities and 650 plus diverse certified minority-owned businesses.
DFW MSDC is one of 37 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the certification body of choice by corporate America and the recognized business link for over 3,500 buying organizations and 16,000 certified minority-owned businesses nationally.
Relationships remain fundamental to sustainable business in the marketplace. People do business with people they know and trust. The DFW MSDC CONNECTS buying entities to DFW MSDC certified, qualified suppliers. DFW MSDC buying entity partners report $2.0 billion dollars in spending annually with minority-owned businesses. DFW MSDC certified suppliers report over $20 million annually in spending with minority-owned businesses (MBE to MBE transactions). The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council is the credible recognized conduit for buyers and end-users sourcing certified minority-owned businesses in North Texas.