To become certified as a minority-owned business, you can submit an application to join the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The NMSDC is a national membership organization with regional offices located across the United States. Find a regional NMSDC office in your area by visiting the Regional Affiliate List page at its website. Regional websites have information regarding instructions for applying for certification as a minority business. Or, you can call or email to inquire about the application process.
After your NMSDC application is approved, and you meet all certification requirements, you have access to various minority business executive benefits. Networking is a key membership benefit that provides opportunities to go into joint business ventures with other members. The organization also has corporate members, and you'll gain access to networking events where you can build business relationships with corporate buyers. As an MBE, you can present your wares at business opportunity fairs and also receive specialized leadership and technical training.
Membership also means that your company is listed in the NMSDC supplier database, and you can use that database to find other companies for business purposes. You can apply for the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program by visiting its website or contacting your local SBA office for further information.