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MBE Key Programs & Services

MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Key Programs, Development Initiatives and Signature Events

CERTIFY

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.

Automatic Certification – HMSDC provides automatic 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.

DEVELOP

Building Bosses – Designed to develop next generation entrepreneurs from ages 16-26 by providing basic business curriculum to better understand how to manage and grow a successful business.

Business Consortium Fund – Provides contract financing to NMSDC certified MBEs 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, training and management augmentation from private equity and other financial investors.

CEO Conversations – 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. These sessions conducted with MBE CEOs representing companies with over $10 million in revenue 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.

Coaching Corner – One-on-One consulting provided to MBEs to identify areas of growth and development to provide a pathway to succeed.

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 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 Leadership Academy – A program designed to assist growth stage MBEs with maintaining operational excellence while developing key strategic planning skills to sustain growth momentum.

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 – 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.

Total Business Development – Designed to promote business growth and networking opportunities among certified MBE suppliersby utilizing the experience and demonstrating the skills of other MBE professional service firms within the HMSDC.

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.

CONNECT

Business Opportunity Conferences – Conferences designed to bring major corporations and their prime suppliers to discuss tier 1 and tier 2 business opportunities followed by one-to-one sessions targeting specific products/services.

Emerging 10 Awards (E-10) – Over 300 decision-makers participate in an inspiring business networking event co-sponsored by the Houston Business Journal that showcases the success 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 1,000 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 EXPO exhibitors.

Holiday Social – Attend the festive holiday gathering in December to network with 100+ MBEs and Corporate Members while reflecting on a great year of minority business development.

How to Do Business Sessions – Targeted informational meetings designed to provide insight into procurement opportunities and increase the understanding of how to conduct business with the presenting corporation, government agency or educational institution.

Industry Forums – Industry specific forums designed to provide insight into specific markets and share proven strategies for business growth.

Industry Groups – MBEs in professional services, construction and information technology 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.

Scholarship Fundraiser – 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 and more. Visit our website (www.hmsdc.org), or on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.

Talking Stick – Talking Stick provides you the opportunity to meet potential clients, network and build business relationships within optimal amount of time to market your business.

Weekly Alert & Procurement Alert – Each HMSDC MBE and corporate member 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.

ADVOCATE

Creating a Positive Brand for MBEs – HMSDC identifies, publishes and awards MBE successes locally and nationally to showcase and model an image of successful MBEs.

Economic Impact Study – Capitalize on the drivers for supplier diversity by identifying and measuring the true impact of supplier diversity efforts and the return on investment while publicizing the return on opportunity internally and externally.

Elected Official Education – Join the HMSDC delegation build and maintain relations with key city, county, state and federal legislators and advise them on issues pertinent to HMSDC and minority business development.

HMSDC Cares – Periodic community service projects to create good will and leverage the HMSDC brand.

Public Policy Day – 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.

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

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.