About Us


Certify. Develop. Connect. Advocate.

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) is the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organization in the region, representing the interests of more than 600,000 Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), serving nearly 1,700 SCMSDC-Certified MBEs and 300 corporate members throughout a 13-county service area (Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura).

SCMSDC is one of 24 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) network.


SCMSDC’s mission is “to be the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises.”

The council achieves this by providing:

  • Nationally recognized ethnic-minority certification
  • Strategic networking between corporate member procurement professionals and certified minority women and men entrepreneurs
  • Enhanced capacity of minority-owned businesses through education, information, and skills development, and
  • Recognition of outstanding commitment and performance in purchasing goods and services from diverse businesses by corporate members and certified minority-owned businesses

Primary Services

  • Ethnic-minority business certification
  • Database referrals of minority suppliers
  • MBE to Corporate and MBE to MBE networking opportunities
  • Professional development/educational programs
  • MBE access to SCMSDC corporate member database
  • MBE Health Insurance Program

Organizational Overview

SCMSDC consists of:



Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce organizes the first “Minority Business Opportunity Day” (MBOD) Trade Fair. A “handful” of representatives from major corporations/government agencies and a small group of minority entrepreneurs attended.
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Minority Enterprise Coalition of Los Angeles create the Southern California Regional Purchasing Councils (SCRPC), the only multi ethnic minority advocacy group
Orange County Purchasing Council established
SCRPC forms the Central Valley Business Development Council to carry out its mission in the five-county area of Fresno, Kings, Kern, Tulare and Inyo
SCRPC name changes to the Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC) to emphasize the Council’s evolution from focusing almost solely on helping to increase corporate purchases from minority businesses to one that continues to embrace its founding purpose, but more broadly focuses on helping minority businesses grow and prosper.SCMBDC consolidates the Orange County Purchasing Council and the Central Valley Purchasing Council and administers its programs and services as one council, headquartered in Los Angeles.SCMBDC completes incubation of the San Diego Council, transfers to the newly formed San Diego Council all certification files of MBEs headquartered in the newly formed council.
SCMBDC name changes to the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council to reflect the NMSDC brand/name, which focuses on ‘supplier development’, not ‘business development.’