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If your business is at least 51% owned, operated and managed by an ethnic minority that is a U.S. citizen, then you are a Minority Business Enterprise, or MBE. TSMSDC offers MBEs a number of services and opportunities to grow and connect with buyers, develop new customer bases and more. MBEs must go through the certification process and be re-certified annually to take advantage of all the TSMSDC has to offer.

To become a certified MBE, your company must meet the following criteria.


  • A for-profit enterprise
  • At least 51% ethnic minority-owned. (Note: Ethnic minority-owned is defined as any business having owner(s) belonging to the following minority groups – African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific Islander American and Asian Indian American and Asian Indian American)
  • Physically located in the United States or its trust territories
  • Owned by minority/ethnics that are U.S. citizens
  • Managed by minority/ethnic owners, including daily business operations

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TSMSDC Membership is available to corporations looking to expand their minority supplier base with certified MBEs. We assist corporations in developing, marketing and enhancing their minority business development program in a productive and efficient manner.

Corporate Members must commit to the following requirements:

  • Have or establish a minority business  development policy or plan in support of Supplier Diversity and minority business development
  • Report annually aggregate dollar purchases from MBEs
  • Designate a representative as a point of contact
  • Participate in TSMSDC local activities
  • Promote business opportunities for MBEs
  • Commit to an annual Corporate Membership fee
  • Serve as an Ambassador for TSMSDC in support of our mission
  • Support and promote TSMSDC mission, vision and goals

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