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Key Programs and Services

Key Programs, Development Initiatives and Signature Events


Require Certification – Require your diverse suppliers to be certified with HMSDC as a mark of integrity for your program and to surround the MBE with the direction and support to become and remain a value-added supplier.


Best Practice Sharing – Program sharing sessions and corporate focused trainings to share, learn and develop effective minority business development approaches across industries.

Best Practice Toolbox – A wealth of information and examples of best practice components of successful supplier diversity initiatives to assist in building and achieving the highest levels of excellence in supplier diversity programs.

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.

Chat & Chew – HMSDC President hosts a bi-monthly luncheon with corporate members to candidly explore information and insight in marketplace trends and successful strategies to grow minority-owned businesses.

Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Summits – Designed to engage senior procurement leaders in a forthright and high-energy discussion on supplier diversity effectiveness and inclusion solutions. The CPO Summit brings top CPOs together to share insight and strategies in supplier diversity and establishes a professional CPO network.Send your Chief Procurement Officer to CPO Summits to discuss common issues, solutions and inclusion in the strategic sourcing process.

Corporate Member On-Boarding – A personal orientation conducted with each new Corporate Member and their supplier diversity professionals to assess their needs, design anactivation plan, and designate a “buyer buddy” to assist with engagement with supplier diversity peers.

Corporate Program Support – Get support from the professional HMSDC staff for an analysis of your supplier diversity program with recommendations for improvement.

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.

Levels of Excellence – A tool that allows corporate members to assess their supplier diversity program against criteria established by major corporations and governmental entitiesas a guide to achieving world class status in supplier diversity programming.

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 Diversity Program Managers Training – National and local corporate members can participate in the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) supplier diversity best practices training designed for supplier diversity professionals.

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.


Business Opportunity Conferences – Conferences designed to bring corporate members and their prime suppliers together to meet qualified MBEs and discuss tier 1 and tier 2 business opportunities followed by one-to-one sessions targeting specific products and services.
Corporate Opportunity Calls –Regularly scheduled corporate teleconferences facilitated by HMSDC to provide MBEs insight and answer questions related to upcoming bidding opportunities.

CRM Database – Maintain your corporate member information and search for certified and qualified MBEs in HMSDC’s searchable online database.

Emerging 10 (E-10) Awards – 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 over 750 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.

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.

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 – Forums designed to share insight into your specific industries needs and business opportunities and share proven strategies to increase industry utilization of MBEs.

MBE Matchmakers – Industry, product and/or service designed sessions to connect MBEs and Corporate Members with each other through networking and trade specific matchmaking.

One-to-One Sessions – These 15 minute one-on-one sessions allow HMSDC to source and match corporate buyers and key-decision makers with qualified MBEs in commodity and service areas designated by your organization.

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.


Corporate Reception – An opportunity to be an advocate and assist in the recruitment of new corporate members and prime suppliers with an emphasis on middle market companies.

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 are held to share perspectives and evaluate strategies and priorities to increase the effectiveness of supplier diversity.

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.