A MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT
February is Black History Month, a time when our nation celebrates and honors the many great achievements, innovations, and contributions of African Americans. Blacks continue to advance in a myriad of fields and industries, including business ownership. Yet, while Blacks represent approximately 13 percent of the country’s total population, in 2016, Black-owned firms with at least one paid employee made up only 2 percent of the more than five million businesses in America. The Council is committed to narrowing this gap.
As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, we will continue to provide business development support for minority business enterprises (MBEs). During the course of the year, we will continue to foster relationships between Council-certified MBEs, corporate members and public agencies, while identifying procurement opportunities for prime suppliers and subcontractors. Corporate members report billions of dollars spent with Council-certified MBEs.
Be on the lookout for a variety of educational and networking events throughout the year designed to empower minority business owners and assist them in achieving revenue objectives and other business goals. In May our National Minority Supplier Development Council will celebrate successes during their Leadership Awards Dinner, followed by our 23rd Annual Networking for Scholarship golf outing. View our full calendar of events on our website at www.nynjmsdc.org for further information on these and other exciting events.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we salute African-American business leaders. And, in the spirit of great African-American innovators and thought leaders like Bessie Coleman, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois, Katherine Johnson, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Madam CJ Walker, the Council celebrates Black History Month.
Terrence Clark, President & CEO
In honor of Black History Month, the NYNJ MSDC presents a listing of Council-certified Black-owned businesses.