The National Minority Supplier Development Council's Certification Policy and Procedures Manual, is firmly adhered to by its 24 affiliated Councils for the certification of minority-owned businesses. Standardized procedures assure consistent and identical review and certification of minority-owned businesses throughout the NMSDC Network. The NMSDC is the only national minority business development organization providing certification throughout the U.S. where MBEs are genuinely minority-owned and operated, and ready to do business.

NMSDC's rigorous certification process requires that minority businesses in our Network are at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled. A combination of screenings, interviews and site visits establishes eligibility. This feature distinguishes NMSDC from other organizations or entities that publish directories which allow "self-certification" as their standard. Applicant MBEs meeting the certification criteria are eligible for specified services provided by NMSDC and its Regional Councils.

Certified MBEs are listed in the NMSDC national database called the Minority Business Information System (MBISYS®) to which all national corporate members have direct access. On-line database computer access allows an MBE the opportunity to efficiently market its products or services nationwide.

Stringent certification standards also identify bona fide minority businesses, helping buying organizations' to report expenditures as well as vendor utilization rates. These are measures of performance and progress in evaluating a minority supplier development process.

Reciprocity of certification is the standard policy of all affiliated Councils in the NMSDC Network.