FAQs 2018-02-17T22:00:28-05:00
The Mid-States MSDC is a not-for-profit membership organization comprised of major corporations throughout Central Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Missouri. Created in 1976, this organization is dedicated to increasing the purchasing activity between these major corporations and minority business enterprises. The Mid-States MSDC  is one of 36 affiliate councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Links to the NMSDC and the 36 affiliated councils are available from this website.
The corporation completes a membership application form, pays annual dues to the Mid-States MSDC, and the company and commits to the following:

  • Attend meetings of the Mid-States MSDC on a regular basis.
  • Participate in the activities of the Mid-States MSDC, including participation on standing committees.
  • Submit purchasing activity reports with minority-owned firms.
  • Designate in writing a representative who may act for and on behalf of the corporate member in connection with the Mid-States MSDC.
An MBE is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States, which is owned, operated, and controlled by minority group members. Minority group members are U.S. citizens who are African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American, and Asian-Indian American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by minority individual(s). The minority group owner must control the management and daily business operations.
The Mid-States MSDC certifies only ethnic minority-owned businesses. Certification of women-owned business in Central Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Missouri may be provided by the local city municipality or state agency.
The Mid-States MSDC works with established businesses to help them expand business opportunities in the community. There are other agencies and organizations which are very helpful in business start-up, business planning, etc. Please see our links page for a listing of these organizations and agencies.
Our MBE certification process is designed to assure that the business is owned, operated and controlled by minorities: Asian, Black, Hispanic and/or Native Americans.

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