Frequently asked questions about MBE certification & supplier diversity

Answers to frequently asked questions about minority business

If you are a member of a new minority business enterprise, you may have some questions about what becoming a Certified MBE means. Or maybe you’re part of a corporation that’s interested in learning more about supplier diversity. For this reason we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about MBE certification and corporate membership as they pertain to the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.

How do I print my certificate?
  1. Open CVM login via this link, which will pop-up a new window.
  2. You will need your Federal Tax ID number or Social Security number (sole proprietors). This is your username for logging into the recertification system.
  3. Please use the same password you created/used last year to log in. If you don’t remember your password, click the link below the login name and password box. The contact person on record will receive an email with the new password (password is case sensitive).
  4. Once you are in the system double click on the word “MBE” in the white box on the left side of the screen.
  5. Double click on the words “View Certificate” which will now appear below “MBE.” A pop-up box will appear that says “File Download.”
  6. You may now choose to either open or save your certificate, which is in an Adobe Acrobat file format. If you would like to print your certificate, first open it using Acrobat and then use Acrobat’s print option.
What is an MBE?
The acronym “MBE” stands for minority business enterprise, and in plain English refers to any business that is owned and operated by an ethnic minority. Speaking more formally, a minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. “Minority group members” are United States citizens who are Asian, Asian-Indian, Black, Hispanic, or Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means that 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. Further, those minority group members control the management and daily operations.
Why should I become a Certified MBE?
In order for minority businesses to be affiliated with the MMSDC and have access to our corporate members and to be eligible for the many programs and services offered, it is necessary to complete the certification process. It is also the certification that Corporate America accepts and requires. Once certified and part of the NMSDC Network, over two-thirds of minority business enterprises (MBE’s) confirm business increases due to their partnership with the Council’s Corporate Members. In 2004 the largest U.S. Corporations purchased more than $80 billion in goods and services supplied by MBE’s. Corporations prefer to do business with certified MBE’s.
My business is already certified by the State of Michigan. Why do I have to fill out your application?
State certifications are for pursuing and conducting business with various government entities: agencies, cities, counties, etc. The certification issued by the MMSDC is for conducting business with the over 3500 corporate members of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). In order for minority businesses to be affiliated with the MMSDC and have access to our corporate members and to be eligible for the many programs and services offered, it is necessary to complete the certification process.
What steps are involved in the certification process?
  • Completed certification form along with necessary documentation and fee
  • Site visit of business location and interview of principal(s)
  • Review for recommendation by the Certification Committee
  • Vote of approval by Board of Directors
What is the NMSDC?
The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is our parent organization, chartered in 1972 to provide a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. In the United States, the NMSDC network consists of 24 regional councils servicing their respective local territories. Michigan has historically been one of the larger regional councils in the NMSDC network.
What is a subscription service?
A subscription grants an MBE access to another council’s products and services outside of their home territory. The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) offers subscription services to certified MBEs from other NMSDC affiliate councils, who are looking to do business in Michigan.

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