Programs & Services

Technical Assistance & Capacity Building Services
  1. Miami and Orlando MBDA Business Centers

    The Business Center assists eligible MBEs in growing their businesses and competing in domestic and global markets. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, leads Federal Government efforts to promote the growth and global competiveness of America’s growing minority business enterprise (MBE) community. Through MBDA’s services, MBEs are better equipped to create jobs, contribute to local economies, and sustain America’s position as a world economic leader.

    Miami MBDA Business Center
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    Orlando MBDA Business Center
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  2. 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. The FSMSDC has partnered with leading experts in all three industries to offer professional consultation and assistance at a reduced cost. The Legal Services are provided by Quintairos, Prieto, Wood and Boyer P.A., LM Austin, LLC offers the Accounting & Business Compliance Services and The Sales Evangelist provides Sales Coaching & Training. The goal of TAP is to empower firms with a level of professional guidance rarely leveraged by MBEs, especially as they attempt to operationally transition into new contracts or revenue-generating opportunities.

    Meet with experts in the following industries:

    Legal Services

    • provided by Quintairos, Prieto, Wood and Boyer P.A.

    Accounting & Business Compliance Services

    • provided by LM Austin, LLC

    Sales Coaching & Training

    • provided by The Sales Evangelist


    The FSMSDC will cover the cost of the first two (2) hours of consultation per FSMSDC certified MBE & three (3) hours per MBE Subscriber. Additional hours are available at reduced rates.

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  3. Business Resource Lab

    The Business Resource Lab offers workshops and seminars, a computer lab with broadband and wifi and a business resources.

    Book your Seminar or Workshop

    General Info

         60 guest maximum

         Outside food is welcome

         Available Monday-Friday from 8am – 5pm

    For more information:

         Contact Person: Stephanie Toribio

         Phone: 305-751-2907

         Email Booking Requests:

    Location: 9499 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 204, Miami, FL 33138

  4. NMSDC Central

    NMSDC Central provides national exposure and exclusive access to each of our members and MBEs. A database of over 16,000 certified minority-owned suppliers is indexed by industry classification code. The database provides essential information about potential partners, including business references, key contacts and annual sales.

  5. 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. This effort will be concentrated on the larger contracts identified by the Department including those contracts advanced in the 21st Century Transportation Plan.

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Educational Resources
  1. Marlin Cano Kellogg Advanced Management Education Scholarship Program

    The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is pleased to announce that the Marlin Cano Kellogg Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP) will be held June 14-18, 2020 at the James L. Allen Center in the heart of Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

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    Marlin Cano Kellogg Scholarship Application Deadline

    Scholarship applications are due by Friday, May 15, 2020.

    Apply for Scholarship

    The FSMSDC will award one full and one partial scholarship to attend the program.

    Companies submitting an application for consideration for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

    • Company must be currently certified with the FSMSDC.
    • Only the CEO/owner of the minority business is eligible to participate.
    • Business should be at least three years old with sales of more than $5 million for manufacturing and distribution firms and more than $3 million for service firms.
    • Candidate must be committed to accelerating the growth of their business.
    • Candidate must be committed to attend and participate fully in the entire program.
  1. Annual Business Expo

    The FSMSDC's Annual Business Expo is Florida's largest minority business event. MBEs have the opportunity to meet and showcase their products to corporate and government buyers in a relaxed and professional setting. The Council tailors learning opportunities and social gatherings for the two-day event to maximize face-to-face time between MBEs and buyers.

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  2. Annual Awards Gala
    The Annual Awards Gala is the Council's signature event, which recognizes the achievements of Florida's top minority-owned businesses, dynamic industry leaders and major corporations that are committed to Supplier Diversity. This upscale evening of honor and elegance brings together Florida's business community. Guests will have the opportunity to network, while celebrating the achievements of minority-owned businesses and professionals that are shaping the future of Florida. The Gala includes a reception, silent auction, musical entertainment and networking. Awards presented during the evening include Local & National Corporations of the Year, MBE Suppliers of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Buyer of the Year, Champions of the FSMSDC Award, Crystal Award and the Doing Well While Doing Good® Award.

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  3. PowerNets
    A PowerNet is a corporate-sponsored matchmaker targeting MBE attendees with the capabilities, products and services the corporation seeks. Vendors present to a target audience of buyers and procurement managers in an open setting for the opportunity to spark a new business relationship. As buyers assess “the fit” of potential vendors, MBEs also determine whether the corporation offers viable opportunities. National Referrals Through our affiliation with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and its network of 37 regional Minority Business Supplier Development Councils, the FSMSDC can provide referrals to thousands of certified MBEs and major corporations.

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  4. Symposium

    The Symposium is a workshop for Minority Businesses, corporations and government agencies. Companies interested in discovering best practices in management, sales and team building will learn proven methods for growth and how to increase competitiveness.

  5. Special Events

    From the boardroom to the exhibition hall, and on and off the greens, the FSMSDC creates invaluable relationship-building forums for its members and MBEs. Awards and social events occur throughout the year, including a Family Fun Day Picnic, Networking Receptions and the Annual Awards Gala.

Other Services
  1. MBE Premium Subscription

    The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Premium Subscription is a select add-on that provides a multitude of value-added services for our members. The Premium Subscription was created upon recognizing the need to help modern businesses make an even greater impact in the marketplace. Services include business intelligence reports, leads and alerts, financing and bonding programs, business planning assistance, event registration and discounts, industry groups and committees, access to GrowFL, international trade training and leads, and more.

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  2. Partners in Business Progress Mentor Protégé Program

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    The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s Partners in Business Progress Mentor Protégé Program matches emerging minority-owned companies with senior executives from the University of Miami (U of M) to assist them in gaining the tools and techniques to improve their operations, gain more customers and accelerate growth.

    This program creates a “big brother” relationship in which a major corporation or large MBE works one-on-one with a certified minority-owned business for a specified period of time. Corporate partners help MBEs address a range of issues - from daily business challenges to long-term strategic planning. Every attempt is made to match corporations with future potential suppliers to maximize benefits for both mentor and protégé.

    Carvechi, LLCKenneth Capezzuto, Executive Director
    Environment Health Services
    Florida Clear EnergyEdwin Hernandez, Director
    Supply Chain Management
    Grace & Naeem Uddin, Inc.Ronald Bogue, Assistant VP
    Facilities & Operations
    Intermedia Touch, Inc.Amy Lopez, Director
    Susan Montes, Executive Director
    Fort PlasticsSandra Redway, Executive Director
    Auxiliary Services
    RM Financial GroupTracy Mote, Director
    Facility & Operations
    Standing OvationsTess Stebbins, Executive Director
    Medical Education
    Virtue Medical StaffingCassandra Wiggins, Director
    Human Resources - RSMAS
  3. Doing Well While Doing Good®

    Many of the FSMSDC’s MBEs and corporate members are engaged in civic, philanthropic and volunteer initiatives that are making a difference in our community. Some of our companies have established their own charitable organizations to assist their favorite causes or are doing acts of kindness and giving generously to assist the less fortunate.

    Our members are driven by the desire to find solutions to challenges, improve communities and involve their employees in meaningful projects. Many of these stories are often overlooked. The Council developed this program to celebrate, encourage and thank our MBEs and corporate members for what they do that has a positive impact on our community.

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  4. Connection Newsletter

    The “Connection” Newsletter identifies business opportunities, market players and trends that are vital to success. The newsletter keeps corporate members and MBEs up-to-date on events, key players and opportunities that affect business and growth.

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  5. Youth Entrepreneur Program

    An Investment In Tomorrow's Business Leaders
    The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) has a commitment to making a difference in the community. FSMSDC registered the phrase Doing Well While Doing Good®. Each year, the organization recognizes businesses that are impacting the overall community by supporting philanthropic initiatives. Also, for more than 20 years, the organization has had a commitment to the next generation with a focus on youth internships and STEM training for young people. Each year, more than 100 students participate in the organization’s youth entrepreneurship training as part of the Annual Business Expo. Students from seventh to 12th grades and college students participate in leadership training and hackathons, and interact with successful business owners. In addition, FSMSDC has participated in career days and career shadowing programs. The organization has an internship program in which college students from Miami Dade College and Florida Memorial University intern during the last year of their business program to learn the fundamentals of work.

    The FSMSDC has provided more than three dozen scholarships to young people to further their college educations, and the staff mentors young adults. Also, the organization has had a nine-year partnership with the Little Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC). LHOC is a nonprofit organization established in 2010 by a group of business, community and civic leaders to provide programs to the youth of Little Haiti. The mission of the Little Haiti Optimist Club is to make a difference in the lives of youth by providing education, mentorship, athletics, arts and cultural programming. FSMSDC was the main partner in the Sun Life Rising Star Grant. With the grant, LHOC prepared 40 Miami Edison Sr. High School seniors for college through its Road Map to Success program. With the help of the program, 95% of the students applied to and were accepted to college and 75% of the students were awarded college scholarships.

    In addition, FSMSDC supports LHOC’s Tech and Community Center, after-school program and summer camps. LHOC partnered with the FSMSDC for the STEM Genius® summer camp at Soar Park for 45 students ages 5-15 in grades kindergarten through eighth. The students participated in hands-on educational activities that taught them how to use a computer to create prosthetic limbs and program robots. Also, they took part in activities in engineering design that prepared them for building, as part of a team, a six-foot Ferris wheel, as well as simulated a rocket launch and flew drones. They also learned about careers in STEM. The Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead summer camp at Soar Park for 54 students ages 5-15 in grades kindergarten through eighth . The students enjoyed a summer filled with learning about science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics. The campers took field trips and were introduced, in a fun and interactive environment, to coding, graphic arts, business/social entrepreneurship and much more. The students took part in activities in engineering design, such as building, as part of a team, a six-foot roller coaster and solar robots; they also created a sustainable future city. Campers participated in hands-on educational activities that taught them how to use a computer to create apps, coding and graphic arts. In addition, they planned, designed, maintained and sustained their own community garden. The community gardening project included a social and entrepreneurial component; the students were able to give some of the items planted to the community and to their families, resulting in reducing food budgets and encouraging healthier choices.

    Lastly, each year the FSMSDC participates in LHOC’s back-to-school book bag and book giveaway, holiday toy drive and turkey giveaway.

    Click to See FSMSDC Youth Program Photos

  6. Economic Gardening Business Incubator

    The Economic Gardening Business Incubator is a workspace that offers start-ups and/or new ventures one-stop access to business resources that results in job creation and economic development. The program offers the following services: business ideation mapping, business planning, professional consultations, technical assistance, financing and shared office space for low/moderate minority owned businesses located in Miami-Dade County, with priority for residents in Commission Districts 2 and 3. The program is funded by Miami-Dade County.

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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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