If you’re a small business owner who belongs to an underrepresented group, you may be eligible for certain business certifications that can help you access more government contracts and private-sector opportunities.
The Home Depot is committed to building inclusive and sustainable business opportunities for women, minority, veteran, disability and LGBTQ owned companies. Our Supplier Diversity program was established in 2003, with the goal of increasing shareholder value, driving innovation and creating positive economic impact in the communities we serve.
Sam’s Club is searching for suppliers to bring more quality products to its warehouse club locations. The retailer is holding an open call for both private-brand and diverse suppliers.
As part of the summit, there will also be an opportunity to build relationships that support the retailer’s private-brand Member’s Mark packaging.
As 2021 draws to a close, I wanted to reach out to all of you in the NMSDC community to thank you for participating and engaging with our work, supporting us, funding us, and inspiring us. You have helped us create an impact where it matters and achieve more than we thought possible.
Our network is unmatched:
- 15,000+ Certified MBEs
- 1,500+ Corporate Members
- 23 Regional Councils
- NMSDC Business Consortium Fund/CDFI
- 5 International Affiliates
- Expanded NGO and Government partnerships
Our results are extraordinary:
- $400 billion in economic output annually
- $48 billion generated in tax revenue
- 2.2 million jobs
However, we have a long way to go to close the racial wealth gap and achieve economic equity. As we look ahead to 2022 and our 50th year anniversary, we will be taking game-changing actions to deliver on our renewed mission: serve as a growth engine for NMSDC certified minority businesses and enable our members to advance economic equity. In mid to late January, we will be hosting webinars to share with you our newly crafted strategic plan, as well as our approach to activate the plan and solicit your input and engagement. We are so excited about all that 2022 has in store for us – enthusiasm and anticipation are building around unprecedented new opportunities in front of us. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.
On a personal note, what a year it has been for me! I have never experienced such a drastic change in my professional life transitioning from the tech industry to non-profit. Never have I received so much outpouring of support from so many of you for a new role. It’s been an absolutely rewarding experience to learn and lead this storied FOR IMPACT organization. I look forward to continuing this journey together with you and making it the best it can be. Together, we will make this decade the turning point in the story of minority business development.
I hope you all have a happy and peaceful holiday season. As the new Omicron variant continues to spread through the US, please stay safe and be well.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
CEO & President NMSDC