About Certification

Certification is a verification of statements that one is a minority, who owns and manages a firm. This verification is established through a thorough examination of various documents, on-site visits and interviews. The documents required depend on the type of organization that the firm has adopted – sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.

Please review the criteria carefully. If your company does not meet the requirements above, please do not submit an application.

In order to be certified as a bona fide NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a firm must be:


  • Legally organized.
  • Established as a full-time, profit-making entity.
  • At least 51% owned by a United States Citizen or a Naturalized Citizen who is Black, Hispanic, Native-American or Asian.
  • The Council certifies based on bloodline, not nationality.
  • The minority group member(s)’ ownership interest in the firm must be real, substantial and continuing.
  • Under the day-to-day control and guidance of a minority group member.
Green Card Holders / Resident Aliens / Legal Permanent Residents are not eligible for certification.

Groups that are not certifiable by the NMSDC are, and not limited to:

  • Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, etc.)
  • Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)
  • Asia Minor Region (Peninsula between the Black Sea & the Mediterranean)
  • Persian Gulf (Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc.)
  • Europe

The application fee is non-refundable.

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Benefits of Certification


  • Nationally recognized by major U.S. corporations, many public agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Inclusion in NMSDC Central, the national database on certified MBE utilized by over 3,000 corporations nationwide.
  • Eligible to participate in all NY & NJ MSDC events, seminars & procurement fairs.
  • Newly Certified Supplier Orientations.
  • Listing of supplier diversity executives of all NY & NJ MSDC members.
  • Eligible to exhibit at the NY & NJ MSDC Business Opportunity Fair (BOF) and the NMSDC national BOF.


NMSDC® Central New Technology Platform

Online Certification/Recertification Application

NMSDC is implementing an innovative and straightforward portal for online certification and re-certification applications. This portal will be one component of the new NMSDC Central Technology Platform.

The NMSDC® Central New Technology Platform will be able to:

  • Upload your *documents
  • Make payments through a secure electronic payment gateway options including electronic checks (paper checks are not accepted for payment)
  • Receive notifications regarding your certification in the new NMSDC Central portal

Access the system from your Affiliate Council’s website at https://affiliate.nmsdc.org/nynjmsdc

You will need to request a login ID and password to complete your application.

If you have any questions, please contact: Dora Reddick at dreddick@nynjmsdc.org

(*) Once you log in, please review the landing page for required documentation and other pertinent information.

Certification fees

Classification Annual Revenue Fee Amount
Class I Under $1,000,000 $400.00
Class II $1,000,000 – $10,000,000 $600.00
Class III $10,000,000 – $50,000,000 $1,000.00
.Class IV Over $50,000,000 $1,500.00

To Expedite Application Processing (within 10 business days) $1,000.00 (additional)


Bank of America Certification Campaign for New Certifications
The Council has partnered with Bank of America to provide assistance to MBEs through its new certifications program. Funding requests are open to applicants looking to become certified with the NY & NJ MSDC that meet the following criteria:
  • Fintech companies, which develop or improve products and services in the financial services industry through technology.
  • Information Technology companies, that provide products or solutions to prevent unauthorized access to protected information, particularly electronic data.
The program ends when all the funds have been exhausted so for more information, please contact Dora Reddick at dreddick@nynjmsdc.org.

MBE Recertification

A certified MBE must submit an application for renewal of certification through the online portal, at least forty-five days prior to the certification expiration date or upon request by your home Council. Certification will be terminated if application for renewal and all required documentation are not received by the date of expiration. Please refer to your certificate for expiration date.


Classification Annual Revenue Fee Amount
Class I Under $1,000,000 $350.00
Class II $1,000,000 – $10,000,000 $550.00
Class III $10,000,000 – $50,000,000 $900.00
Class IV Over $50,000,000 $1,000.00

To Expedite Application Processing (within 2 business days) $250.00 (additional)

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