Certification can open access to government contracts and other types of support
For nearly 50 years, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), America’s most influential and successful minority business development organization, offered its minority business enterprises (MBEs) the gold-standard certification that has created pathways to global prosperity and a national network to support their growth, development, and sustainability.
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Oct. 25 – 28, 2021
NMSDC has been monitoring the coronavirus pandemic situation, assessing the requirements for an in-person event and surveying our constituents for their return to the office and business travel plans in hopes of bringing the NMSDC network together for the 2021 NMSDC Conference in Miami, Florida, this year.
Unfortunately, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) most recent guidelines continue to warn that the highest risk events are “large, in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.”
Consequently, it is recommended by the CDC to avoid large events and gatherings that bring together many people from multiple households in a private or public space at this time. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health has also discussed how the density of attendees within a confined space creates a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission that can bring about potential risks to participants, attendees, Hotel staff, and the larger community.
Further, Miami-Dade County has continuously extended its Declaration of State of Local Emergency due to COVID-19 since March 19, 2020. The NMSDC cannot proceed with holding its event with potential conflicts in direct contradiction to these governmental guidelines.
Based on the governmental guidelines, coupled with the information gathered from our constituents about their company travel policies, the COVID-19 global pandemic persists in creating a situation beyond NMSDC’s control to hold a destination conference this year. Therefore, the 2021 NMSDC annual Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange will be a virtual event.
Stay tuned for more details about the event coming soon …
We also eagerly anticipate resuming in-person events in 2022, our 50th anniversary year!