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Our 2016 Conference is in Full Swing!

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Chicago, Il.
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Conference Highlights


Presidential Proclamation:
Barack Obama

Women and men of every faith, background, and race have channeled their talents and ingenuity into harnessing the spirit of innovation that has long been the hallmark of our people.

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Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, United States of America

Monday Highlights

Monday’s programming will kick off with an inspiring, power breakfast featuring keynote speaker, Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce United States of America; and Business Opportunity Exchange trade show.

Alejandra Y. Castillo

Tuesday Highlights

During the Tuesday Plenary Session, Alejandra Y. Castillo (National Director, MBDA), Farshid Arman, R. Kip Huff, Ian Kalin will share their insights to help MBE’s get ready for the “Internet of Things” (IoT ) and “Big Data” industries of the Future.

Ernest C. Wong

Wednesday Highlights

This keynote luncheon offers an additional opportunity to network, as well as to hear the captivating speaker, Ernest C. Wong of WSite Design Group, Ltd.

National MBDA/MED Week Programming

Are MBE’s Ready for the 'Internet of Things' (IoT ) and 'Big Data' Industries of the Future

Tuesday MBDA Plenary

Moderator: Alejandra Y. Castillo
National Director

Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things” (IoT ) and “Big Data” Industries of the Future? This year there will be 4.9 billion objects connected and that number will skyrocket to 50 billion by 2020. Imagine how the “Internet of Things” (IoT) has opened the door to endless possibilities in the U.S. marketplace.

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T5 MBDA - Federal Contracting and Growth Strategy

Tuesday Workshop

Moderator: Angela Washington
Senior Business Development Specialist

Federal Contracting and Growth Strategy. DID YOU KNOW: Every year the Federal Government spends $500 million dollars procuring goods and services throughout the country? This panel will provide a comprehensive look at growth strategies for MBEs seeking to do business with the federal government. […]

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W2 Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid, and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition

Wednesday Workshop

Moderator: Carmen West
Business Development Specialist (MBDA)

Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid, and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition. Our experts in the field including broker dealers, investment bankers and M&A specialists will take your questions on what’s required to be ready for growth by acquisition and how to access the capital for the deal.

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Our 2016 Sponsors

2016 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange

Our 2016 Supporters

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Every year NMSDC host conferences and networking events which attract more than six thousand participants. Be a part of a burgeoning community of leaders and decision-makers by becoming a corporate sponsor.
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Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership

Shaping the Supply Diversity Landscape

By joining hundreds of NMSDC corporate members, your company becomes an integral part of shaping the global supply diversity landscape. It’s been proven that a more qualified and inclusive workforce leads to improve market share and reduced operating costs — a win-win scenario from top to bottom. Read more >

MBE Certification

MBE Certification

Get Certified

Gain access to America’s most influential corporations by joining our dynamic community and supplier network. At NMSDC, we create opportunities for you to connect to the hundreds of corporate members who wish to build relationships with trusted minority-owned companies, like you. Read more >

Our Network

Our Network

Affiliates & Members

The NMSDC Network includes 24 Regional Councils across the country and 1,750 corporate Members, including America’s top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations. Read more >


Watch Joset Wright-Lacy passionately advocate for minority businesses on The Roland Martin Show.

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NMSDC Surveys & Reports


National Survey: The Survey examines MBEs and focuses on the internal factors, those within a minority firm’s control, which may hamper their ability to obtain critical growth or acquisition capital. To read the full report, click here.

Economic Impact Report: NMSDC retained The Institute for Thought Diversity  to conduct a study to assess the economic impact that the NMSDC MBE community has on the United States economy.  To read the full report, click here.



Become a Sponsor

Our annual conferences and signature events increase visibility and can leverage your standing in the NMSDC network.

With more than six thousand attendees each year, there are a multitude of ways to market your organization and connect with a number of key players within your industry.
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