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Internet access and e-mail are integral part of communicating with corporate members and receiving information about opportunities. We strongly encourage you to consider applying for certification once you have consistent access to internet and a viable e-mail address. We would also like for you to consider attending the Pre-Certification Workshop that happens the 3rd Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at our offices. Because the certification application is only online, companies will need a working email address and regular internet access. Companies that benefit most from certification have established business operations and are able to provide goods and services to Fortune 500 companies or their prime suppliers. If the application process or fees are too demanding, CVMSDC strongly suggests that you develop your business and consider applying for certification at a future date.
The certification process can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 90 days. HMSDC is currently averaging a 30 day completion rate from the time a completed application is submitted online with all of the required documentation.
  • Certification/Recertification Fees are based on the applicant’s gross receipts.
  • An expedited is a ten (10) day processing period from the time the applicant has completed and submitted payment, the application and all supporting documents are in the online system.
We are an ethnic based certification entity. If the woman owned business is an ethnic minority, she is eligible for CVMSDC’s certification.
Unfortunately, CVMSDC does not certify SDBs. We are an ethnic based organization.
CVMSDC certifies companies that are created as a result of a joint venture. For more information, we would strongly suggest that you attend the MBE Pre-Certification Workshop that is the 3rd Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
Site visits are a mandatory part of the certification process. Site Visits are unscheduled and unannounced. Your site visit will be conducted at your company’s headquarters by CVMSDC staff. If you have a home-based office, a site visit is still required. Applications will not be approved without a completed site visit.
Your certification is valid for one calendar year. You can begin recertifying 90 days prior to your expiration date. Click here to review the steps on how to recertify with CVMSDC.
The username is the e-mail address associated with the file. If you forgot your password, click the forgot your password button.
Yes, there is an appeal process. Applicants have 30 days to appeal the decision in a written format. Once your appeal is considered and the result is unfavorable, the applicant will not be able to apply for certification for one year from the date of the original decision.
The CVMSDC staff and the certification compliance committee has access to your application. Everyone who has access to the applicant’s information must sign a confidentiality agreement yearly.
CVMSDC certifies any for-profit business located in the NS/CS/VA area that is 51% or more ethnic minority-owned, operated and controlled by a U.S. citizen (s), and authorized by the State and County to do business. Click here for additional criteria and see below for which groups the National MSDC considers ethnic minorities and U.S. citizens.
Ethnic Minority Certification is granted to companies that are owned, operated and controlled by U.S. citizens who belong to one or more of the following minority groups (to qualify for certification, a minority business owner must provide documentation to support the claim that they possess 1/4 or 25% minimum of the following ethnicities):
Asian-Indian A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Asian-Pacific A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
African- American A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of sub-Saharan Africa.
Hispanic A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
Native American A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut and Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. A Native American Indian must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number)
The National MSDC certifies based on bloodline NOT nationality.
Yes. According to the National MSDC, US citizenship is one of the criterion for certification. Permanent residents and Green Card holders do not qualify.
Yes. We would strongly encourage the applicant to consider attending the Pre-Certification Workshop that happens the 1st Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at our offices.
Click here for a list of documentation and helpful tips for ensuring an expedited process.
The certification requirements were established by the National MSDC and major corporations. CVMSDC is simply implementing the requirements as established by your potential customer to vet if the company meets the criteria.
2 years of tax returns, balance sheet, income statement and profit and loss statements are required for certification. Pro-forma statements are not acceptable for the purpose of certification with CVMSDC.
Upon approval by the CVMSDC Board of Directors, you will receive an official certificate, certification number, and welcome letter. You will also gain access to the directory of CVMSDC Corporate Members, which contains the contact information for corporate buyers and Supplier Diversity professionals in our network. In addition, you will be able to access current corporate and government bid, as well as attend MBE-only events and Committee meetings.
Unfortunately, we do not guarantee contracts. Active participation, current information and a strong value proposition are suggestive approaches to attract corporations to MBEs.
If a change occurs in your business, it is your responsibility to inform CVMSDC within thirty (30) days. The following is a list of common situations:
  • Change in ownership, management, control, or operations
  • Relocation of a business
  • Change of products or services
Yes, the certification is a national certification that is recognized throughout the US. The National Minority Supplier Development Council is comprised of 23 Regional Councils like CVMSDC, 12,000 minority businesses, and over 460 National Corporate Members, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions.


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