Programs & Events

NMSDC Programs And Events

Continuous advancement and development are part of NMSDC’s DNA and to support our goals, we offer a variety of events and programs to allow our MBEs and corporate members to further develop their knowledge and skills to succeed in a local and global environment.

Signature Events

NMSDC Minority Business Economic Forum

Minority Business Economic Forum

This is not a conference. It is a catalyst.

Inspired by the World Economic Forum, Minority Business Economic Forum will be the leading event where NMSDC and its partners tap the top leaders of corporate America, the Administration, and leading thought academic leaders to re-calibrate the MBE narrative to be an integral part of the American economy.

This leading event will tap the top leaders of corporate America, the Administration, and leading thought leaders in academia to re-calibrate the MBE narrative to be an integral part of the American economy and serve as a catalyst towards achieving $1 trillion in MBE annual revenue generation.

NMSDC Business Connection Matchmaker Business Connection Matchmaker

NMSDC Business
Connection Matchmaker

The focus of this event is to bring Certified MBEs to meet with NMSDC Corporate Buyers, and other MBEs and help them discover new business opportunities that will help them achieve their full potential!

NMSDC’s Business Connection
Matchmaker sessions are a prime source of solutions, partnerships, and capital.

This event is open to national/local corporate members, government, and MBEs at no cost!

NMSDC Business Diversity Leadership Summit

Business Diversity Leadership Summit

Following NMSDC’s 50th anniversary theme of Advancing Economic Equity and the aspirational goal of 1 Trillion in MBE revenue— Our 2023 Business Diversity Leadership Summit features sessions to ensure Supplier Diversity professionals have access to the latest information, tools, and a community to grow MBEs and advance economic equity.

Whether you’re new to the Supplier Diversity field, an experienced Supplier Diversity leader, or seeking a refreshing development opportunity, you’ll discover that the Business Diversity Leadership Summit is a valuable investment of your time. Sessions will be presented in Evanston, IL (July 25-27, 2023).

NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange

NMSDC Annual Conference & Exchange

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development.

For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations convene to re-energize their collective efforts to Advocate > Certify > Develop > Connect > solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

Signature Programs

Our enterprise learning programs provide great opportunities for our members to:

  • Further develop the knowledge and skills they need to achieve and sustain accelerated growth; strengthen corporate supplier diversity processes and help minority businesses compete in a global environment.
  • Provide mentorship and support to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
  • Participants learn to utilize financial tools to make better business decisions, develop strategic plans for growth and sustainability, identify new technologies to scale operations, market their products and services more effectively, explore strategies to access global markets, and develop their leadership acumen.

Below is a listing of our current enterprise learning programs.

Chase for Business Advancing Black Entrepreneurs

Chase for Business
Advancing Black Entrepreneurs

In partnership with Chase for Business, Black Enterprise, the National Urban League, and the U.S. Black Chambers we’ve launched Advancing Black Entrepreneurs—a collection of practical resources to help Black business owners grow and scale their business.

This educational program, specifically for Black business owners, highlights topics that are vital to business growth and sustainability. These 90-minute guided digital sessions are focused on how business owners can address immediate and long-term financial needs and build resiliency.

Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP)

Advanced Management Executive Program (AMEP)

The Advanced Management Executive Program (AMEP) program is hosted virtually by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and is designed to provide CEOs of certified, expansion-oriented MBEs with the tools and skills they need to achieve and sustain accelerated growth.

In the tradition that made Kellogg a world-renowned business school, the (9) half-day intensive curriculum uses interactive, team-based study, with a class size limited to 40 participants.

Scholarships available.

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Acres: Cultivating Equity in Black Agriculture

NMSDC and Cargill have launched a new program to advance agricultural supply chain access for Black farmers.

This collaborative initiative has expanded to include additional partners and aims to create a pathway for emerging Black farmers to achieve parity in the agriculture industry with learning solutions, certification, lending, networking, and new contracts.

The program consists of two elements: a learning program and strategic business support.

The NMSDC Centers of Excellence (COE)

Centers of Excellence (COE)

The Centers of Excellence (COE) are regional business modules designed to strengthen corporate supplier diversity processes and to help minority businesses compete in a global environment.

Each module is facilitated by an NMSDC affiliate regional council and is 18-24 months in duration.

Scholarships available.

CyberReadyMBE™ Designation


CyberReadyMBE is a five-week program developed by Industry Workforce Solutions (IWS) to provide pathways for companies to increase their cyber capabilities and resiliency, allowing them to become integrated into corporate and public-sector supply chains.

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE)

Emerging Young
Entrepreneurs (EYE)

The Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program is a year-long program uniquely designed to provide the next generation of minority entrepreneur participants ages 19-35 with support to enhance their growing business.

Business owners will receive guidance from corporate sponsors, MBEs, and additional stakeholders.

EYE will utilize an interactive pre- post-conference curriculum along with five days of hands-on training and practical application. Participants are provided with the skills, tools, and strategies to start or grow their innovative businesses.

Tuck Diversity Business Programs

Tuck Diversity
Business Programs

The Tuck Diversity Business Programs started in 1980 and are the country’s oldest programs designed to develop diverse business owners at a graduate business school. Since its inception, thousands of business owners have participated in the programs.

Tuck Diversity Business Programs and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) have formed a partnership to support the growth of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) across the country. By awarding numerous scholarships to MBEs, NMSDC will support entrepreneurs to attend one of Tuck’s signature Diversity Business Programs, Building a Successful Diverse Business or Growing an Established Diverse Business.

Scholarships available.

The OMD Growth Academy

Growth Academy

Through free educational sessions for small and mid-sized businesses, the OMD Growth Academy provides access to knowledge and consultative media services that are critical for growing businesses in the digital landscape.

The Growth Academy affirms OMD’s commitment to social and racial equity by providing equity by providing BIPOC, Women-Owned and Values-Driven organizations with the additional tools, resources, and insights to empower and elevate their businesses.

Scholarships Available

NMSDC has scholarship funds available for qualified MBEs. Specific programs being offered including Center of Excellence, AMEP, MBEP and other educational initiatives.

If you are interested in applying for a potential scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Request Form.