About Us


A diverse and inclusive environment where economic success is achieved.

Our Mission

The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to link corporations and government agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion.

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Our History

The FSMSDC was founded in 1975 by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Progress Foundation for the purpose of fostering the development of minority-owned businesses throughout South Florida. Central to our mission is the principle that networks and relationships among and between minority businesses and corporate and government buyers build businesses.

The Council’s main function is to register and certify minority-owned businesses. The process ensures that these businesses are 51% minority-owned and operated in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

The FSMSDC is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the NMSDC. In order to more effectively carry out its mission, the FSMSDC provides support to corporate members and MBE affiliates from our headquarters in Miami as well as key locations throughout the state of Florida. Our service area includes the entire state of Florida.



  • Florida Regional Minority Purchasing Council founded
  • Twenty corporate members join the organization
  • Affiliation with National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) established


  • Don Foster hired as Executive Director
  • Council gains 10 new corporate members


  • MasTec, SFMSDC’s certified MBE becomes first Hispanic publicly traded company
  • Annual Trade Show moved to Broward County Convention Center with more than 200 exhibitors
  • AT&T donates office space to the organization


  • Council hosts NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair
  • Budget surpasses $300,000
  • Minority business spend surpasses $1 billion a year


  • Name is changed to the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council and begins to serve the entire state of Florida
  • FSMSDC  wins contract to manage the Miami and Orlando Centers.
  • Wins the  Disaster Recovery and Aquaculture grants.
  • MasTec becomes the first MBE Fortune 500 Company


  • Name changed to Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council to be in line with National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • SFMSDC develops Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Business Intelligence Report (BIR) published
  • Budget surpasses $1 million
  • Council celebrates 40th Anniversary


  • The Council became the FSMSDC and serve the entire state
  • Wins contract to manage the Miami and Orlando Centers
  • Win disaster recovery and aquaculture grants

Featured Programs & Services

Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) offers unprecedented access to technical and professional services in the much needed areas of Legal, Accounting & Business Compliance and Sales Coaching & Training.

Miami and Orlando MBDA Centers
The Business Centers and MBE Aquaculture assists eligible MBEs in growing their businesses and competing in domestic and global markets.
FDOT DBE Specialized Development Program
The primary goal of the DBE Specialized Development Program is to increase the number of DBEs participating on FDOT contracts and the dollar percentage awarded to DBEs by providing assistance to Prime Contractors and facilitating the development of DBEs to obtain contracts.
Supplier Diversity Roundtable

The FSMSDC Supplier Diversity Roundtable meets regularly to discuss best practices in supplier diversity, professional development for diversity and procurement professionals and trends in supplier diversity. At the meetings, attendees have an opportunity to meet with your peers to share insights in supplier diversity.

Loan Program

Are you looking for financing to grow your business? Whether you need a microloan or a multimillion-dollar loan, the FSMSDC can help you obtain the financing you need to grow your company.

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Our mission is to link corporations and government agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion.

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