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MBE Key Programs & Services

Key Programs for Growing Minority Owned Businesses


Pre-Certification Workshops – Held the first Thursday of each month where the HMSDC certification team walks prospective applicants through the certification process and communicates the values of certification.

EnterChange – A monthly meeting of newly certified MBEs to create a better understanding of the programs and services of HMSDC and how best to leverage the value of certification.

Ambassadors – Each newly certified MBE is assigned an Ambassador to help them acclimate to HMSDC quickly and effectively.

Expedited Certification – HMSDC provides assistance for MBEs to expedite their certification with the City of Houston and METRO to expand business opportunities.

Reciprocal Certification – HMSDC provides reciprocal certification with the State of Texas for MBEs to obtain Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) certification.

Accepted/Recognized Certification – HMSDC’s certification is recognized and accepted by the Port of Houston Authority to participate in the small business program.


Business Consortium Fund (BCF) – Provides contract financing to NMSDC certified minority businesses across America through a network of local participating banks and NMSDC affiliates.

Capacity Building Pipeline – A growth model created by HMSDC that seeks to eliminate constraints and challenges that limit MBE growth by providing equity infusion of growth capital from private equity and other financial investors.

CEO Academy – Quarterly sessions with C-suite executives from major corporations to develop strategic leadership skills in order to create well-rounded C-level owners of MBEs.

CEO Conversations – Quarterly sessions with MBE CEOs representing companies with over $10 million in revenue designed to foster peer-to-peer dialogue between MBE CEOs sharing their insights, methods, tools, mindset and experience in utilizing HMSDC and NMSDC network to lead and grow their companies.

Executive Coaching – This program is designed for minority businesses of all sizes. Our executive coaches will take an objective look at your business and help address strategic business needs and leadership challenges.

Lunch with the President – HMSDC President hosts a bi-monthly luncheon with MBEs and Corporate Members to candidly explore information and insight in marketplace trends and successful strategies to grow a business.

MBE Accelerator – Online assessment tool that provides MBEs with direction and support to achieve sustainable growth in sales and employment by addressing management concerns and business growth strategies.

MBE Boot Camp – Held annually in conjunction with EXPO to train MBEs in current strategies to grow their businesses. This year’s boot camp will focus on how to create opportunities, a compelling value proposition that will open doors, and strategic alliances to grow capacity.

MBE Business Executive Scholarships – Funds provided to strengthen the management skills of MBEs whose success could be enhanced by attending developmental programs.

Pathways to Excellence – A tool that performs a self-assessment of an MBE company against criteria that major corporations use to select suppliers. The assessment covers five general categories: Business Strategy, Quality Assurance, Business Capacity, Risk Management, and Business Continuity.

Supplier Idol – Monthly MBE presentations with a panel of corporate members who provide candid advice, mentoring and feedback to MBEs on their sales presentation, marketing material, email and phone etiquette. These sessions are designed to assist MBEs in perfecting their pitch to key decision-makers.

Training Academies – Provides an intentional learning track for all levels of MBEs on relevant business topics, issues and processes including cost modeling, sales, procurement processes and forming strategic alliances.


Emerging 10 Awards Luncheon & MBE Showcase – An inspiring HMSDC business networking event co-sponsored by the Houston Business Journal that showcases the stories of ten MBEs selected to receive E-10 Awards on the basis of obstacles overcome, success achieved, and the role they play in the community.

EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace – This event brings together 1,500 business leaders from major corporations, government agencies, resource organizations, and MBEs to gain information, insight and relationships that drive long term business success for both MBEs and their customers.

Holiday Social – Held each December as a final celebration and business networking event.

How to Do Business With – Targeted informational sessions for MBEs on procurement opportunities and better understanding on how to conduct business with corporation, agencies or educational institutions.

Industry Groups – Groups of MBEs and corporate members in professional services, construction and IT meet regularly to build teaming relationships and to gain insight into specific markets and proven strategies for business growth.

MBE Matchmakers – Industry, product and/or service designed sessions to connect MBEs and Corporate Members with each other through networking and targeted One-to-One sessions.

HMSDC Mixers – Designed to build a network between MBEs to increase the amount of business performed between MBEs and facilitate relationship building with corporate decision-makers.

MBE Tours – HMSDC provides corporate members an on-the-road tour of MBEs facilities to see first-hand operations and gain a better prospective on the capability and capacity MBEs.

Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament – Held in May of each year to create viable business networking on the golf course while raising funds for the MBE Business Executive Scholarship Program.

Social Media – HMSDC social media platforms are the “go-to” resource portals for MBEs and corporate members to find information on certification, events, registrations, newsletter and more. Visit our website (, or on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.

Weekly Alerts & Procurement Alert – Each HMSDC MBE receives a Weekly Alert each Monday to inform them of upcoming events in HMSDC and the business community, and a Procurement Update each Friday announcing current business opportunities.


Your Voice in Austin and City Hall – HMSDC meets regularly with local and state legislators and co-sponsors MBE Public Policy Day to inform legislators of issues of importance to MBEs and to supplier diversity. These sessions assist MBEs in understanding the legislative process and how it impacts their businesses.

Creating a Positive Brand for MBEs – HMSDC identifies, publishes and awards MBE successes locally and nationally to create a success image for MBEs.

Supplier Bridge Meetings – Combined meetings of corporate members and MBEs are held to share perspectives and evaluate strategies and priorities to increase the effectiveness of supplier diversity.