Minority Business Enterprise Services

Our objective is to help MBEs grow their business. The Northwest Mountain MSDC continuously builds, evaluates, and improves MBE services to support MBEs' evolving needs.


We provide Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification for ethnic minority owned businesses. MBE certification is nationally recognized by corporate and public agency members.


MBE services include year-round MBE development in various settings, from one-on-one conversations to round table discussions, workshops, panel discussions and conferences.  We walk MBEs through the engagement process and provide insight on how to do business with corporate/public agency members.


Upon MBE Certification, your profile will be included on NMSDC Central Vendor Management, a national MBE database accessed by corporate/public agency members. In addition, we provide opportunities to meet corporate/public agency members and other MBEs, through premier events, Council activities and corporate/public agency meetings.


We create awareness for supplier diversity as a business strategy. We talk to corporate/public agency members about our network of MBEs for potential contracting opportunities and supply chain inclusion. We encourage MBEs to do business and collaborate with peer MBEs to grow their business, capacity, and experience.

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Become a Certified MBE

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification is a nationally recognized validation of your company’s status as a minority owned, managed, and controlled business.

Benefits of Certification

  • National Certification recognized by private sector corporations, public agencies, and non-profit organizations
  • Access to regional and national MSDC services
  • Listing in the National MSDC database utilized by a vast number of corporations nationwide.

National MSDC Services:

  • Discounted fees for registration at NMSDC national events
  • Eligibility for participation in NMSDC development program

Northwest Mountain MSDC Services:

  • Local, regional, and national referrals to member corporations and opportunities
  • Educational programs and resources
  • Training seminars and webinars
  • Council email communications and events

Eligibility requirements for MBE Certification

  1. The firm must be a for-profit enterprise physically located in the United States or its territories.
  2. The firm must be 51% ethnic minority owned, operated, and controlled by a United States Citizen. NMSDC certifies the following minority groups: African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, Asian Pacific/Indian American
  3. The submission of all required documents. Northwest Mountain MSDC reserves the right to request additional information and/or documentation for purposes of determining eligibility for MBE Certification as per the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application and provide supplemental documents.
    You may find our instructional video helpful.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  3. Desk audit review within 45 days.
  4. Onsite visit with owner(s).
  5. Certification committee review.
  6. Final Board review for vote.

Renew your certification

Certified MBEs are required to re-certify annually in order to maintain certified status and remain listed in both local and national minority business databases.

  • Step 1. Submit and upload the most recent Federal Tax Returns and Declaration of Minority Status with the updated application.
  • Step 2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Step 3. Desk audit review within 30 days.

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Application Fees / Recertification Fee

  • Class I
    Annual Revenue: Less than $1 Million
    New Certification: $300
    Re-certification (Renewal): $250
  • Class II
    Annual Revenue: $1-10 Million
    New Certification: $550
    Re-certification (Renewal): $500
  • Class III
    Annual Revenue: $10-50 Million
    New Certification: $850
    Re-certification (Renewal): $800
  • Class IV
    Annual Revenue: Above $50 Million
    New Certification: $950
    Re-certification (Renewal): $900

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Expedited service available: $800 + Application Fee + Any associated travel expenses

Questions? Contact Huda Al-musawi at halmusawi@nwmmsdc.org or call (253) 243-6959 ext. 109.