Helping to build Supplier Diversity Programs
What Is Corporate Membership?
A Corporate Member (Buying Entity) is a large public, private or foreign owned company, university, hospital, government agency or other large buying institution that is committed to Supplier Diversity and purchasing from certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).Supplier Diversity Guide
Criteria and Process
- Applicant agrees to promote the general development of minority-owned business in the community.
- Applicant pays such annual dues as may be set by the Board of Directors.
- Applicant subscribes to the development of minority business and agrees to undertake the establishment of a minority business development program in its company.
- Applicant agrees to report its business activity with minority-owned businesses on a confidential basis to the Council. These results will be published in aggregate for all member companies.
- Applicant agrees to designate a primary contact for the Council and shall attempt to participate in and send appropriate representatives to a majority of all the Council's events.
- Membership is open to all buying entities.
- Membership is renewable annually.
The FSMSDC is committed to creating a business environment that promotes and expands access and opportunity for minority-owned businesses and profitable business relationships between FSMSDC Certified Suppliers and Buying Entity Partners.
The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council facilitates business relationships, procurement and contract opportunities among FSMSDC Certified Suppliers and FSMSDC Buying Entity Partners. The Council also strongly advocates MBE-to-MBE spend.
- Access to Corporate Plus, a membership program for minority businesses with proven capability for national contracts.
- Assistance in building and strengthening Supplier Diversity Programs, including buyer training.
- Sourcing of qualified MBEs to support business needs.
- Access to database of certified minority suppliers.
- Meet and network with certified MBEs and other corporate minority business coordinators to share ideas and benchmark best practices.
- Receive communications about local and national issues that may directly affect the continued growth of MBEs and the development of corporate supplier diversity business programs.