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The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to link corporations and government agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion.


A diverse and inclusive environment where economic success is achieved.

Our History

The FSMSDC was founded in 1975 by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Progress Foundation for the purpose of fostering the development of minority-owned businesses throughout South Florida. Central to our mission is the principle that networks and relationships among and between minority businesses and corporate and government buyers build businesses.

The Council's main function is to register and certify minority-owned businesses. The process ensures that these businesses are 51% minority-owned and operated in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

The FSMSDC is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the NMSDC. In order to more effectively carry out its mission, the FSMSDC provides support to corporate members and MBE affiliates from our headquarters in Miami as well as key locations throughout the state of Florida. Our service area includes the entire state of Florida.

Board of Directors

Team Members

Beatrice Louissaint

President & CEO

Southern Region/Main Office

Chelsea Jones Finley

Vice President of Operations

Stuart Combs

MBE Certification Specialist

J. Rafael Reyes

FDOT Project Consultant, Southern Florida
Districts 4 & 6

Mayra Hernandez

MBE & Corporate Services Specialist
(Recertification & Subscription Services)

Tricia-Anne Ramsay

Office & Communications Manager

Lucy Moore

Finance & Business Administrator

Krysten B. Deidrick

Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator

Lener Coira

FSMSDC/FDOT Administrative Specialist

Central/Northern Region

Johanna De La Cadena

Central Certification & Corporate Services Manager

Mark G. Jackel

FDOT Project Consultant Central Florida
Districts 1, 5 & 7

Kenneth E. Taite

FDOT Project Consultant, Northern Florida
Districts 2 & 3

Rachael Favors

Northern Certification & Corporate Services Manager

Miami MBDA Business Center

Marie Hyppolite

Center Director

Julio C. Cassels

Business Consultant

Jorge Iglesias

Senior Business Consultant &
Construction Specialist

Angela Burns

Office Manager

Orlando MBDA Business Center

Thad Joseph

Center Director

Evelyn M. Lebron

Business Consultant

Jasmin Branchcomb

Office Manager


Recovering From Hurricane Irma

Message From The President

September 12, 2017

To our valued corporate members and MBEs:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in the wake of Hurricane Irma. In the coming weeks, the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council will work towards helping our network recover as quickly as possible from damages experienced from this disaster.

We will be contacting our corporate members and government partners offering to source MBEs that can assist with their needs. Also, we are asking our MBEs who can offer services related to disaster recovery to reach out to us so that we can connect them to opportunities.

Visit www.fsmsdc.org/disasterprep.php to find a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize during recovery activities. Please heed emergency management instructions and stay safe.

The FSMSDC is working tirelessly to resume normal operations to ensure you receive the level of service you have come to expect. I apologize for any inconvenience and delays this disaster has caused for your business. Please feel free to contact us at info@fsmsdc.org or fsmsdc@fsmsdc.org with any questions or visit our website for regular updates at www.fsmsdc.org.

Please join us in uplifting all those negatively impacted by Hurricane Irma and pray for a speedy recovery from this devastation.

Stay Safe,
Beatrice Louissaint
President & CEO