Who We Are

The Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) promotes minority participation in the procurement process to create economic wealth in minority business communities in Northern California, Hawaii, and the nation.

What We Do

We provide the only nationally-recognized Ethnic Minority Business Certification in Northern California and Hawaii and connect certified Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) with NCMSDC Corporate Members, including many of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned, and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions.  Leveraging our more than 30 years as an industry expert in minority business enrichment, development, and impact, we offer minority businesses support from certification to technical trainings to exclusive MBE-to-MBE and corporate procurement events. We offer Corporate Members access to our Northern California and Hawaii database of certified minority suppliers with diverse industries, specializations, and capacities.

Corporations Value Suppliers with Ethnic Minority Certification

Ethnic Minority Business Certification is a designation that helps Corporate America track minority business purchases and meet supplier diversity goals.  The majority of companies in Corporate America are internally required to maintain the classifications of their supply bases and report their diverse business spend.  Certification helps ensure the integrity of these corporate supply base business classifications because corporations can only track those Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) that have been legitimately identified as Minority-owned Business Enterprises—therefore, certification will not only benefit corporations currently doing business with MBEs, but will also potentially boost each MBE’s own business by making their company even more attractive to prospective corporate clients.  Click here to learn more about becoming a certified MBE.

What is Supplier Diversity?

Supplier Diversity is a business program that encourages the use of previously underutilized minority-owned vendors as suppliers.  Many of the Fortune 500 companies have Supplier Diversity initiatives that include annual diversity spend goals, which promote the inclusion of diverse suppliers into their supply chain. The trend is to count spend only with certified suppliers whose diversity status has been validated and confirmed by a 3rd-party certifying agency (like NCMSDC). Many corporations will not count spend with uncertified or self-declared diverse suppliers.   If minority suppliers become certified, they are giving corporations more incentive to choose them as diverse suppliers.  Therefore, becoming a certified diverse supplier is a competitive advantage.  Click here to learn more about becoming a certified MBE.