When applying through the online application, you must request a login or use the one that was issued by NMSDC to access and complete the certification/recertifcation application

Application for New MBE Certification For ethnic minority-owned businesses looking to get certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Please review the requirements for MBE certification under “Get MBE Certified -> Certification Criteria” before submitting your application. Only applicants located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, or Nebraska will be considered for certification. For all other areas, please review the list of NMSDC Affiliates. Apply Now
Application for MBE Re-certification For ethnic minority-owned businesses who already have a current NMSDC issued certificate with the Mountain Plains MSDC and wish to renew their certification for another year. Applications submitted on or past the expiration date listed on the current certificate are subject to an additional $200 late fee. Apply Now
Subscription Services Application The MPMSDC offers subscription services to any certified MBE who has been certified by one of our affiliated NMSDC councils.  A subscription entitles a certified MBE to receive access to regional products or services from outside of their home territory, which usually consists of local events and training.  The subscription service runs concurrently with your home affiliate council certification. The subscription expiration date will be the same as your home council certification expiration date. Download


NMSDC Central is a new Online Certification and Re-certification Application that is now integrated with NMSDC’s new Minority Supplier Management Information Database.

To begin the certification process, click here.

Certification/ Subscription Fees

Tiered Fees based on Gross Annual Sales
Fee Category Class 1Less than

Class 2

$1,000,000 –

Class 3

$10,000,000 –

Class 4Greater than
Initial Certification/Subscription Services $525.00 $750.00 $1,050.00 $1,150.00
Re-Certification/Subscription Services $450.00 $700.00 $1,000.00 $1,100.00
Out-of-Network Subscription Services $225.00 $400.00 $500.00 $500.00
*Late $200.00
Expedite $800.00
*Late fees incur on re-certification applications submitted on or past the date of expiration .A new certification will be required after 90 days.

All certification fees are non-refundable.

Certification/Subscription Services

  • Market Intelligence in the Council’s unique market
  • Participation in 1 on 1 strategic sessions
  • Programs presenting opportunities in non-traditional areas, professional services, marketing, branding, etc.
  • Access to Council networking & other business events
  • 5 in 1 industry events
  • Annual Bus Tours (Colorado/Nebraska)
  • Industry Specific Forums (New!)
  • Business & Outreach Events
  • Access Opportunity Meetings
  • Advertise on the Council’s website (fee based)
  • Shadow Executive Program (New!)
  • Increased usage of technology for educational programming

NMSDC Central Video Training

  • Certification Process
  • Certification Criteria

    Criteria for Certification:

    • United States citizens.
    • Minority businesses must be at least 51% minority-owned operated and controlled. 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. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly-owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.
    • Must be a profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories.
    • Management and daily operations must be exercised by the minority ownership member(s).
    *Additional minor eligibility criteria.
    To learn more about some of the benefits of MBE certification, click here.
  • Documentation Required
    Required documentation:
    (documents will vary by business types – below is a sample for corporations)
    • The History of Business
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • Stock Certificates and Stock Ledger
    • Minutes to Board of Director’s meetings as well as Shareholder’s meetings
    • Bylaws (executed and attested) and Amendments (if applicable)
    • All agreement(s) pertaining to ownership, operation, and control of the business
    • Business cards that list appropriate corporate titles, copies of resumes, copy of driver’s licenses and proof of US Citizenship (Birth certificates or U.S. Passports only) for all Principals
    • Corporate Bank Resolution Agreement(s) to include Bank Signature Card(s)
    • Business Lease Agreement(s) (and Security Deeds if home-based)
    • Proof of general liability insurance and in some cases bonding
    • Copies of the businesses’ cancelled checks

    Click here to download a list detailing the needed documentation for the various company structures.

  • Standardized Procedures

    Our standardization process:

    Certification Policy and Procedures Manual is firmly adhered to by all 24 NMSDC Regional Affiliates for the certification of minority-owned businesses.

    Certified MBEs will be recognized by all national corporate members of the NMSDC Network as nationally certified. This means that MBEs will be able to subscribe to a Regional Affiliate and enjoy fee-based, value-added services and support that are unique to their specific market.

    NMSDC’s rigorous certification process requires that minority businesses in the Network are at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled. Eligibility is established by conducting a series of screenings, interviews and site visits. This distinguishes NMSDC from other organizations or entities who publish directories allowing for “self-certification” as their standard.

    Stringent standardization also identifies bona fide minority businesses, helping purchasing agents report expenditures as well as vendor utilization rates. These procedures help measure overall performance and progress.

  • Application Process

    What you should know about the application process:

    • The Certification process can take up to 90 days.
    • Before you begin the online application, you will need to register on our site.
    • When completing the application, feel free to take as long as needed.
    • Your information will be saved for your next session and is completely confidential.
    • The processing of your application will begin when payment is received.
    • Application and documents are reviewed for completeness.
    • The Certification Committee meets regularly to review applications for MBE Certification.
    • The Certification Committee must approve the application before it can be submitted to the Board for final approval.
    • The Board will review the Certification Committee’s recommendation and make the final decision.
    • If your application is approved, you will be notified via e-mail and postal mail.
    • If the Board rejects your application, you may submit a letter of appeal.

    Click here to begin your application today.