For Corporate Members

Benefits of Supplier Diversity

In order to qualify for MBE status, an applicant’s business must be owned, actively operated, and controlled by U.S. citizens, a majority (at least 51%) of whom are racial or ethnic minorities.

Gain Exclusive Access To The Nation’s Top Suppliers*

One of the key benefits of corporate membership with MMSDC is that you gain access to our comprehensive online database of certified minority vendors, listed by industry. This directory offers you a complete listing of Michigan’s MBEs, many of whom have been recognized for their award-winning products and services. Regardless of your company’s needs, the MMSDC can match you with certified MBEs that are well-equipped to handle your specific business requirements.

You’ll find no better place than Michigan to find top MBEs. Our list of 1,200 MMSDC-certified MBEs including 12,000 MBEs certified by other affiliate councils, features some of the fastest-growing businesses in our country.


Minority Supplier Development Produces ROI

Independent research has shown that companies who focus heavily on supplier diversity generate a 133% greater return on procurement investments than their counterparts. The difference is typically attributed to MBEs’ ability to deliver greater value.

Minority business owners face unique challenges that require them to adapt to their industries and markets. As a result, MBEs also tend to be at the forefront of innovation and creativity in their respective fields. This presents corporations with an ongoing opportunity to make cost-effective business decisions that have the added benefit of positively impacting minority communities.

Build Wealth And Loyalty Among Your Target Customers

There is a steady demographic shift taking place in America, with minority groups becoming a larger percentage of our population — and therefore a larger economic force in our economy. If your company expects to sell your products and services to all segments of the U.S. population, you should be prepared to contribute to the economic well-being of those same demographic segments.

Research has shown that diverse suppliers tend to hire and promote more Black, Asian, American Indian, Latino and other underrepresented employees than their white, male counterparts. They also tend to over-index in driving their own company's supplier diversity program, thereby furthering your reach to multiple tiers.

By supporting certified minority suppliers, your company will make a direct impact with minority communities and position your brand as a sound partner and seller among those respective demographic segments.


Receive Personalized Business Matchmaking Services

Sometimes our corporate members are too busy to find and screen their own candidates for contracts. For this reason, we offer our corporate members personalized matchmaking services where you provide the specifications of the project - tell us what you need, the scope and scale of work to be done, etc.

We then identify and pre-screen appropriate candidates from our database of MBEs. Our personal relationships and global reach with both corporations and MBEs make us uniquely qualified to find a match that works for both parties.

Attract Top MBEs To Work With Your Corporation

By becoming a corporate member, your company gains instant recognition as a supporter of diversity and inclusion. The MMSDC’s annual lineup of programming and networking events will make your company a desirable target for our broad base of MBEs, all of whom will be eager to help your business in various capacities.

Furthermore, the MMSDC offers numerous sponsorship opportunities to ensure that all of the region’s top MBEs know that your company is interested in working with certified minority business enterprises. By getting your message out, your company is sure to have a steady stream of prospective MBEs waiting on deck in the event that a new procurement opportunity arises.


Gain Peace-Of-Mind

The MMSDC goes to great lengths to verify that our minority suppliers meet the criteria set forth by our national parent organization. As a corporate member, our efforts help you by ensuring that all of our certified MBEs are truly minority-owned, actively operated, and controlled.

Our commitment to the certification process gives corporate members peace of mind, knowing that their efforts to support minority supplier development are truly being realized.