What Supplier Diversity Certification Can Do for Your Business

Watch this webinar to learn how you can get certified as a minority-owned business or woman-owned business.


In this webinar, presented by Accion Opportunity Fund and Fifth Third Bank, you will learn how you can get certified as a minority-owned business or woman-owned business!

Small businesses are on the move, and more than four million minority-owned companies are now in the U.S., with annual sales totaling close to $700 billion. Much of that revenue comes through supplier diversity partnerships with large corporations.

In the spirit of equalizing opportunities, federal, state, and local governments and big corporations reserve a percentage of their contracts exclusively for minority-owned and women-owned businesses. However, to get your share of the contract pie, your business needs to be officially certified.

You will hear from supplier diversity experts including:

  • Edwin Cruz, Certification & Sourcing Manager at MSDC
  • Fredericka Lartey, Project Director at MSDC
  • Nubian Simmons , Owner of The Pink Bakery
  • Jewel Smith, Business Growth, Procurement & Resiliency Coach at WBEA

Questions answered in the webinar include:

  • What is a supplier diversity certification?
  • Why is supplier diversity important?
  • How do I get certified as a minority-owned business or a women-owned business?
  • What is the difference between a national certification and a regional certification?
  • What is an MBE certification?
  • What are the benefits of having a supplier diversity program?
  • What are the trends in ethical corporate purchasing today?
  • What are the benefits of becoming certified?
  • How can being a certified diverse supplier help you grow?
  • How to prepare for certification?
  • What is the certification process?
  • What documents do I need to get certified?
  • How long does the certification process take?
  • How much does certification cost?
  • What can getting certified do for you and your business?


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