Minority group members are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.
Groups not certifiable by NMSDC are listed below, and not limited to:
• Green card holders/resident aliens
• Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)
• Asia Minor Region (Peninsula between the Black Sea & the Mediterranean)
• Persian Gulf (Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc.)
• Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, etc.)
MBE certification with the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) provides valuable resources to foster business development and expansion. The Council offers an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network and to meet with corporate and government buyers who are actively seeking to do business with certified MBEs. The FSMSDC is an Affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
The NMSDC network includes a national office in New York and 24 regional councils across the country. The organization comprises more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses with 1,790 corporate members, including most of America's largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. One of the country's leading corporate membership organizations, the mission of the NMSDC is to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. MBE certification with the NMSDC/ SFMSDC is honored nationwide.