Our Four Pillars


At the core of CVMSDC’s operations is, Certification of MBEs. This certification is widely accepted by national corporations and is a model used by various national government agencies as well. CVMSDC continues to grow its portfolio of qualified MBEs.


CVMSDC has a two-pronged approach to develop and meet the needs of its two key stakeholders. For corporations, CVMSDC cultivates and maintains a highly qualified portfolio of MBEs. It also serves as a key advisor to many of these same corporations on their supplier development programs. For MBEs, CVMSDC helps build capacity, so that they are more competitive and better positioned to do business with corporate members.


CVMSDC serves as a bridge builder between its corporate partners and certified MBEs. MBEs that commit to being fully engaged in the networking process, established by the Council, can leverage the value derived through these networking opportunities, as well as the many business development opportunities presented in the form of RFPs / RFQs, strategic partnerships, expansive resources, and contracts.


CVMSDC promotes supplier development and advocates on behalf of its certified MBEs by providing unique access channels to opportunities that expose their capabilities and strengths to prospective buyers and procurement specialists.


Certification offers minority suppliers the opportunity to connect face-to-face with many of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned, and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions.

Leveraging our more than 35 years as an industry expert in Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) enrichment, development, and impact, CVMSDC offers certified minority suppliers support from technical trainings to exclusive buyer forums and corporate procurement events.

MBE Certification Benefits

  • Nationally-recognized Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification
  • Exposure to business opportunities  through Local, regional, and national referrals of minority businesses to member corporations, as well as exposure to     approximately 3,600 leading national companies.– more than 2/3 of certified MBEs confirm an increase in revenue by partnering with Corporate Members
  • Listings in the National MSDC supplier database, accessible by Corporate Buyers nationwide
  • Invitations to private networking, corporate matchmaking and procurement events for the opportunity to network with Corporate Members at Carolinas-Virginia MSDC     events and activities.
  • Opportunities to compete for prestigious local, regional, and national supplier excellence awards
  • Access to educational trainings and systems that meet you where you are today and grow you to where corporations are attracted to you
  • Meet fellow MBEs to build relationships and find opportunities with other MBEs.

MBE Certification is conducted by the regional affiliate that supports your business’ home office. With NMSDC’s stamp of approval, your company has access to our national network and greater exposure to major multinational corporations around the world.

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Who Should Certify?

MBE Certification Criteria

  1. Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) must be a currently functioning for profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories which:
    • is an independent business concern that is at least 51% independently owned, managed and controlled by one or more minority group members
    • demonstrates the capability to perform a line of business
    • provides a commercially useful business function according to customs and practices of the industry
  2. The controlling interest in a firm represented to be minority shall be by one or more CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American.
    • Asian-Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    • Asian-Pacific: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
    • Black: A U.S. citizen who is of African descent (excluding Northern Africa).
    • Hispanic: A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians (Afro-Brazilian, indigenous/Indian only) shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
    • Native American: A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).
  3. The minority ownership and control shall be real and continuing and not created solely to take advantage of special programs aimed at minority supplier development.
  4. The minority owner(s) shall enjoy the customary incidents of ownership and shall share in the risks and profits and shall have contributed capital, equipment and/or expertise to the business commensurate with his/her percentage of ownership.
  5. The contributions of capital or expertise by the minority owner(s) to acquire their interests in the firms shall be real and sustainable.
  6. To be considered operational, applicant must be able to produce supporting documents to show the company is operational and not a hobby. (i.e. business receipts.)
  7. The minority owner(s) shall possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the firm and shall possess the capability of making day-to-day as well as major decisions on matters of management, policy and operations of the firm. There shall be no restriction on the minority owner’s ability to control which would prevent the minority owner from making a business decision without the cooperation or vote of a non-minority person. Such control shall be known or at least tacitly acknowledged in day-to-day operations by employees and business references of the business. Where licenses are required to perform the functional mission of the company, such licenses shall be held in the name and/or independent control of minorities.
  8. All securities which constitute ownership of a corporation for purposes of establishing it as a minority business enterprise shall be held directly by the minority owner(s). No securities held in trust or by any guardian for a minority shall be considered held by minority persons in determining ownership and control of the corporation.
  9. Applicant must supply the Council with a copy of the documents (via Prism upload) requested on the Certification Application Checklist that apply to the type of business enterprise in which the Applicant is engaged. Incomplete applications cannot and will not be processed. The Council reserves the right to request further information from the Applicant prior to or during the certification process. All materials submitted shall be retained by the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council. The applicant further agrees to allow HMSDC representatives access to inspect the applicant’s place of business.
  10. All funds are non-refundable. You have a maximum of 90 days to submit your documentation from the date of payment. If you do not submit the required documents, CVMSDC reserves the right to administratively withdraw your file from the process.

Our Process & Fees

Review the certification criteria and LLC Checklist or CS Corp Checklist to ensure that your business qualifies.

Subscription Services

The Carolinas-Virginia MSDC conducts an extensive business review of new and existing MBEs. This review, the Certification Process, is designed to ensure compliance with the NMSDC member standards for certified minority business status. Certification by the Carolinas-Virginia MSDC is a nationally recognized NMSDC Certification and has the capability of nationwide expansion through Subscription Service Status.

  • Advocacy
  • Certification
  • Discounted registration to NMSDC national events
  • Eligibility for NMSDC development programs
  • National Referrals
  • Post Certification Briefing
  • Supplier Database Inclusion and Access
  • Access to business opportunities in NC, SC, central/eastern/western VA
  • Industry group participation
  • Matchmaker sessions
  • Tier II Partnerships
  • CVMSDC Networking Events
  • Discounted registration to CVMSDC events
  • Event Sponsorship opportunities (to include prominent signage & recognition in our BOC magazine at CVMSDC Business Opportunity Conference (BOC)
  • Event Exhibitor opportunities (to include exhibiting at CVMSDC BOC)
  • Webinars
  • CVMSDC E-Connection Newsletter
  • CVMSDC Calendar of Events
  • RFPs Business Leads/Alerts from Corporate Members
  • Education Development Sessions
  • Listing in National and local database with exposure to more than 3,500 local and national members
  • Ability to apply for Scholarships to executive management programs
    • Minority Business Education Executive Program – Amos Tuck School of Business
    • Kellogg School of Management Northwestern
    • Minority Business Enterprises Executive Management Program – University of Richmond

Please read before submitting the subscription service application.

Subscription Service is only offered to MBEs that have businesses that are NOT headquartered in NC, SC central, eastern & western VA.

If your business IS headquartered in NC, SC central, eastern & western VA, please click here to begin the new certification application.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Certification

Certification Briefing

To become certified, each applicant goes through a detailed process that determines if the applicant is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by US citizen(s) and operates an independent for-profit business. It is strongly recommended to attend the MBE Pre-Certification Workshop that happens the 4th Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at the CVMSDC offices. At the MBE Pre-Certification Workshop, the certification application is reviewed in detail along with the process and the documentation. Applicants have found that by attending the Pre-Certification workshop, they get through the process quicker and submit completed packets.

Please join us every 4th Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.