NMSDC Growth Initiative - for a Minority Controlled Firm.
The NMSDC Growth Initiative affects only NMSDC-certified firms that have an opportunity to grow their businesses.
The business must be certified through an NMSDC affiliate (see above) first before it can apply for the Growth Initiative.
A minority business may be certified as a minority "controlled" enterprise if the minority owners own at least 30% of the economic equity* of the firm. This occurs when non-minority institutional investors contribute a majority of the firm’s risk capital (equity). Under this special circumstance, a business may be certified as a minority "controlled" firm if the following criteria are met:
A. Minority management/owners control the day-to-day operations of the firm.
B. Minority management/owners retain a majority (no less than 51%) of the firm’s “voting equity”.
C. Minority owner/s operationally control the board of directors (i.e., must appoint a
majority of the board of directors).