Where Partnerships Begin and Innovative Solutions Emerge
Message form the Leadership
Since the establishment of the Council in 1972, SCOMSDC has worked diligently to grow value-driven partnerships between our certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Corporate Members. Over the course of the past four decades, we have been a bridge between Corporate America and minority owned businesses. Now, we are proud to be the focal point of a vibrant community of MBEs and corporations that do business together for the mutual economic advancement of their organizations, and the economic growth of the communities we collectively serve.
Who We Are
Our purpose is to Certify, Develop, Connect and Advocate. We grow and foster relationships between minority business enterprises, corporations, and government entities. We grow value-driven partnerships between our certified MBEs and Corporate Members.
The South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (SCOMSDC) is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The Council is a non-profit organization funded privately through corporate membership dues and contributions, as well as generated revenue from special events.
Where Partnerships Begin and Innovative Solutions Emerge
Our focus is to assist the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. Our most important function is to connect corporate purchasing and procurement departments with minority business enterprises. Results driven and strategic in our efforts, we bring unparalleled value to our membership base.
Our massive scope and influence adds to the value that we bring to MBEs and our corporate members. Our impressive membership consists of nearly 500 quality Minority Business Enterprises and over 150 corporations and government entities; including several Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations.
The mission of the SCOMSDC is to create and foster an environment for the development of mutually beneficial relationships and opportunities between Certified Minority Business Enterprises and Member organizations.
The vision of the SCOMSDC is to become a world class organization comprised of member organizations and certified Minority Business Enterprises that elevate economic development in our communities.
For four decades, the SCOMSDC has been and continues to be the most recognized proponent for minority business utilization and development in the region. SCOMSDC remains laser focused on changing the public and private mind-set on supplier inclusion from one of social obligation to one predicated on business competitive advantage. SCOMSDC, in its current form, is the result of a 2002 merger of minority supplier development councils in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Today, SCOMSDC serves 50 of the 88 counties of Ohio and has offices in all three cities. The headquarter office is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio on the 24th floor of the Chase Tower.
Benefits You Can Expect
- Access to industry leading and innovative MBEs (500 regionally & 16k nationally)
- Enhance supplier diversity programs through training, development, and access to best practices
- Increased visibility and promotion of corporate brand
- Personalized outreach services and industry specific summits
- Gold standard certification
- Business growth and networking opportunities
- Access to regional and national MBE networks
- Real time announcements on private and public RFPs supplier diversity is a business imperative
Why Supplier Diversity?
- Increased opportunity for greater savings and higher quality goods and services due to increased competition
- Access to a larger pool of qualified suppliers
- Opportunity to enhance your ethnic market sales initiatives
- Minority-owned businesses generate an estimated $495 billion in annual revenue and employ nearly 4 million workers.
Minority suppliers are the country’s fastest growing business sector. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2020, the minority population will represent 34.4% of the total U.S. population. As the minority population continues to grow, those corporations that are comfortable with cultural diversity and change, and are responsive to their customers, will be the ones that thrive.
How does SCOMSDC Grow Your Supplier Diversity Program?
We provide assistance in developing or improving your company’s supplier diversity programs.
- We showcase your work and provide added recognition by stakeholders and the local community of your strong corporate citizenship
- Help you to meet the demands of your customers, and/or government compliance requirements
- We provide resources to help you achieve a supplier base that more closely reflects your customer demographics
- We provide resources to make doing business with MBEs easy and simple
September 14 – Driving ‘Fore’ Business and Economic Growth Golf Classic at the Wetherington Country Club, Westchester, Ohio
November 9 – Annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction at the Savannah Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Programs & Events
Through the dedication and continuing support of SCOMSDC’s staff and Board of Trustees, MBEs, Corporate Members and community supporters, the Council provides an ever-increasing scope of programs and services. These programs and events include:
- Corporate Open Houses
- MBE Orientation Sessions
- Quarterly MBE Meetings
- Annual Awards Gala
- Annual Golf Outings
- Industry-Specific Summits
- Corporate & MBE Information Sessions
- Ohio Business Opportunity Fair (OBOF)
- Educational Seminars
- One-on-one Networking Opportunities
- Executive Education
- Breakfast with the Board
- Executive Straight Talk
“Being a member of SCOMSDC has benefited the Kroger Co. Supplier Diversity program through discussions of benchmarking and best practices with other corporations which allowed us to evaluate our own program and implement improvements. It has also given us a deeper understanding of the needs and challenges of MBEs and how we can better assist them with the tools they need prior to introductions to decision makers. The “Conversation” was especially helpful in both areas.” Denise R. Thomas, Director Corporate Supplier Diversity The Kroger Company