• What region does the Mountain Plains MSDC cover?

    Currently we serve Colorado, Kansas, Western Missouri, and Nebraska.

  • What is National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Certification?

    The National Minority Supplier Development Council has standardized procedures to assure consistent and identical review and certification of minority-owned businesses. These businesses are certified by NMSDC's affiliate regional council nearest to the company's headquarters.

    A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American.

    Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

    Certified MBEs are listed in their Councils’ Minority Supplier Directory and in the NMSDC national database: the Minority Business Information System (MBISYS).

  • Who qualifies for certification under the NMSDC's requirements?

    For purposes of NMSDC's program, a minority group member is an individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least 1/4 or 25% minimum (documentation to support claim of 25% required from applicant) of the following:

    Asian-Indian A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    Asian-Pacific A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
    Black A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
    Hispanic A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only.  Brazilians (Afro-Brazilian, indigenous/Indian only) shall be listed under Hispanic designation  for review and certification purposes.
    Native American A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).


  • Who reviews the applications for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification with the Mountain Plains MSDC?

    All incoming applications are initially reviewed by the Certification Department. Once it has been established that all the required documents have been submitted, and there is sufficient evidence that the applicant qualifies for MBE certification, the file is then reviewed by the Council's Certification Committee. This committee is comprised of Supplier Diversity Managers from various Corporate Members of the Mountain Plains MSDC who then use their expertise to thoroughly review the application and submitted documents. Any areas of concern are identified by the Committee and a Site Visit with the owners will be scheduled. Following the site visit the Certification Committee votes for approval or denial and submits their recommendation to the Board of Directors who will then vote for final approval.

    What is the cost for MBE Certification?

    The Mountain Plains MSDC has a tiered application fee structure based on gross annual sales. Please see the table below for a breakdown of the fees.

    Tiered Application 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 $525.00 $750.00 $1,050.00 $1,150.00
    Re-Certification $450.00 $700.00 $1,000.00 $1,100.00
    Subscription Services $225.00 $400.00 $500.00 $500.00
    *Late $200.00
    Expedite $800.00
    *Late fees incur after a 30-day grace period. A new certification will be required after 90 days.


  • What is re-certification?

    Re-certification is the renewal of your MBE certification status, upon expiration of your annual certification. The process requires you to update your company and contact information (e.g., gross annual sales and financial information), and is not as extensive as the original certification process, except in cases of company name and ownership changes. The annual re-certification fee varies by gross annual sales class; please see the table above for reference.

  • I have a similar MBE certification or 8(a) designation through another certifying entity. Can I receive reciprocal certification?

    No, reciprocal certification will not be offered. However, all NMSDC issued MBE certificates are valid throughout the United States.

  • How long does it take to get MBE Certified with the Mountain Plains MSDC?

    The typical length of time to become certified is between 45-60 days depending on: when the application was received, how much information was submitted along with the application, the completeness of the requested documents, and the availability of the applicant. The Certification Committee meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month to review all incoming applications, discuss the findings of site visits, and provide their recommendations for MBE applicants. Any delay submitting documentation or scheduling a site visit may result in the application being delayed until the next month's Certification Committee meeting.

  • What happens to my paperwork once it's submitted? Who has access to my file?

    All submitted documents become property of the Mountain Plains MSDC, and will not be returned so please keep a copy for your records. All information is kept securely stored at the office, and only the Mountain Plains MSDC President, Vice President, and Certification Department have access to these files at any given time. No file is ever permitted to leave the office and expired or terminated files will be held for a minimum of 3 years before they are destroyed.

  • How long is certification valid?

    Per National Minority Supplier Development Council requirements, new and re-certifications are valid for one year from the issued date listed on the certificate. The initial certification date is known as the "anniversary date" and will coincide with your expiration and renewal dates for each year the certification is renewed.