Advancing Business Diversity

TSMSDC is a non-profit economic development organization supporting growth in Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia by encouraging the procurement of goods and services from minority-owned businesses.

Advancing Business and Procurement Opportunities

Our mission is to ensure the development of mutually beneficial relationships between ethnic minority businesses (suppliers) and major corporations (purchasers), by promoting and expanding business and procurement opportunities as they strive to be the product and service providers of choice. In fulfilling this mission, we roduce strategic value and benefits for Corporate Members by identifying and qualifying strategic MBEs to accelerate business growth.


The journey to MBE growth starts with certification, the trusted foundation for engagement with NMSDC corporate members.


We provide education, access to capital, and technical assistance to boost entrepreneurship for MBEs and their communities.


Our network of corporate members enables NMSDC to directly connect MBEs to new contracts /business/ supplier opportunities.


Ensuring equitable access for certified MBEs to participate in the business ecosystem is critical in moving our nation forward.

Who We Are

TSMSDC: TriState Minority Supplier Development Council

We offer certification for minority-owned businesses, educational opportunities, bid proposals, facilitate introductions to corporate procurement officials, provide access to capital and capital-readiness programs, and create networking opportunities for bid proposals through corporate procurement officials and government buying agencies.

How We Help

Empowering Diversity And Building Success, Through Trusted Business Connections

We connect minority-owned businesses with major purchasers through targeted events, programs, and activities designed to foster meaningful business relationships and opportunities. We turn contacts into contracts.

why we help

Promoting Supplier Diversity for Business Success

At TSMSDC, we believe in the power of supplier diversity. By connecting certified minority-owned businesses (MBEs) with major purchasers, we create opportunities for growth and success. Join us in advocating for the value of supplier diversity and building a stronger business community.

Our Journey: From Founding to Milestones

TSMSDC has a rich history, starting from its founding and achieving significant milestones over the years. We have been dedicated to advancing business and procurement opportunities for certified minority businesses and connecting them to member corporations.


Founder and managing editor of inBusiness Magazine, an annual publication reaching buyers and sellers.

April 2024

Dollar General Inaugural Community Leadership Award by Dollar General Corporation.

February 2023

Black History Month at Pinnacle Bank


Celebrating Black Leadership in Nashville Profile by Nashville Business Journal.

November 2022

Global Supply Chain, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hall of Fame Honoree; presented by MSN USA Magazine.

May 2022

Recognition as one of 100 Women Advancing Women List presented by WE USA Women’s Enterprise.

April 2021

TSMSDC Centers of Excellence connects 19 MBE Protégés with 9 Corporate Mentors resulting in more than $56 million spent among participants.


Established the Education Foundation, raising over $2.4 million to support 414 high school graduates and 40 plus minority business owners with educational opportunities.

TSMSDC Board Of Directors

The hardworking individuals behind TSMSDC.

Executive Committee

Attorney. Richard Manson


Nicole Dunigan


Warren Sawyers

MBEIC & Chairman

Cheri Henderson

President & CEO

Board Members

Attorney. M. Kimberly Stagg

Audit Task Force & Certification Committee

Marilyn Clark

Marketing/PR/Social Media Task Force Committee

Dr. Herman Williams MD, MBA, MPH

Strategic Planning Task Force Committee

Keith Hamilton

Development Task Force Committee

Collaborating with industry leaders to drive minority business success

NMSDC: National Minority Supplier Development Council

TSMSDC is one of 24 affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Its network includes over 1,700 national and local Corporate Members and a database of more that 17,000 certified MBEs nationwide.