Events and Programs

Our events connect the community

Our programs help focus organizations

No matter who you are or what stage your business is in, our program offerings are designed to enhance, educate and elevate to propel you forward.

Our Signature Events

Business Beyond Barriers Conference + Expo

The B3 Conference + Expo is not just about changing the game but the score. The goal is to do our part to tackle the racial wealth gap by connecting MBEs with opportunities at the right companies and recognizing our MBE star suppliers.

Hit the field with us at the 2024 B3 Conference + Expo, featuring the Supplier of the Year awards luncheon.

Let’s Win Together.

Leadership Excellence Awards

The Leadership Excellence Awards are the high point of the year. Always an elegant evening, it is the night we honor those who champion economic equity and make a difference for minority business enterprises through their work in business, public service, diversity, and inclusion. And we always do it in style.

Our Programs

The RISE Program

The RISE Program

The RISE Program, led by Erika Williams (Rogers), CEO of Elevate Lyfe, LLC, offers a no-cost, four-week business sustainability training for established business owners in Southern California. Through a blend of on-demand workshops and live Q&A sessions, participants can develop actionable plans to strengthen their business models and expand their collaboration opportunities.

Pre-Certification Program

Pre-Certification Workshop

The Pre-Certification Workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the MBE application process. Learn more about the path to MBE certification, including documents and eligibility, from the team that will be handling your application.

MBE Orientation program

MBE Orientation

The MBE Orientation is a monthly program for MBEs already certified or in the process of becoming certified. At this program, MBEs learn about the value of their certification and how best to leverage it to reach their business goals.

Business Sense Bootcamp Webinar Series

Business Sense Bootcamp Webinar Series

Join the Business Sense Bootcamp Webinar Series, where industry professionals share insights on various business topics. Expand your knowledge, keep up with industry trends, and cultivate an engaging learning environment to drive your business toward success.

Corporate Roundtable

Corporate Roundtable

Stay ahead of the curve with the Corporate Roundtable. Bringing together a collection of supplier diversity managers and procurement officers, each roundtable will focus on driving corporate excellence through best practice sharing, MBE referrals and more.

Corporate Connect

Corporate Connect

Corporate Connect is a program that facilitates meaningful connections between corporate entities and NMSDC MBE-certified individuals. Through this initiative, corporate members present supplier diversity initiatives and strategies for conducting business with their company, focusing on fostering contractual relationships.

The Centers of Excellence program

Centers of Excellence

The Centers of Excellence program champions the development and growth of diverse businesses to compete for contracts and prepare to meet the rigorous vendor requirements by council member corporations.

AMGEN Mentorship Program

Amgen Mentorship Program

The Amgen Mentorship Program supports MBEs through a free, one-year business sustainability program focused on business planning, professionalism & operational management.

Are you a dynamic and passionate subject matter expert interested in speaking on a topic relevant to our network? Contact for consideration.