There are two levels of membership within our network – local and national, and the Mid-States MSDC welcomes all Central Illinois, Indiana, and Eastern Missouri corporations interested in corporate membership.

Corporations that are local or regional are encouraged to consider local corporate membership.  Corporations that are national or global businesses are encouraged to consider national corporate membership.

Corporate members benefit by expanding their link to the rapidly growing minority marketplace and by gaining greater access to qualified suppliers to source. By integrating your supplier pool with minorities, you increase your competition, reduce cost and improve quality. This fosters a transitional relationship with stakeholders that can lead to a stronger local economy. Mid-States MSDC is a resource that can assist corporations in developing, marketing and enhancing their minority business development program productively and efficiently.

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Here are a few benefits of local corporate membership:

  • Access to a regional pool of more than 300 certified and qualified minority suppliers with the ability to connect to a national pool of more than 12,000 minority suppliers
  • Assistance to achieve a supplier base that closely reflects your customer’s demographics
  • Increased opportunity for greater savings and higher quality goods and services due to increased competition
  • Increased return on investment from minority business development and corporate economic development efforts in the community where you do business
  • Support in developing or improving your company’s supplier diversity programs
  • Adding recognition by stakeholders and the local community of your strong corporate citizenship
  • Meeting the demands of your customers and/or government compliance requirements
  • Opportunity to enhance your ethnic market sales initiatives
  • MBE Referral System – matching MBEs to corporations that have purchasing opportunities
  • Becoming part of a network of over 1,422 national and local corporate members
  • Providing industry-specific benchmarking and best practices in supplier diversity
  • Training for supplier diversity professionals
  • Networking with corporations and MBEs

NMSDC has more than 400 national corporate members that represent some of America’s largest public and privately-owned global companies.  If you are interested in national corporate membership, please contact us.


Download the 2019 Early Bird packages today to take advantage of early bird discounts!

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We are excited to see you at this year’s St. Louis Business Diversity Connect, September 25, 2018 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand. As we continue to work collaboratively to accelerate economic growth by driving opportunities and collaboration between our member corporations and certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) we know that our efforts contribute to the more than $6.8 Billion economic impact our MBEs have on the economies in the states we serve.

Please share this opportunity with others in your organization that might benefit from attending. Finalize your plans and register today!


January 17, 2018 – Indianapolis, IN.  The First Annual Central Indiana Supply Chain Awards (CISCA), powered by BCforward, will be held Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel, IN.  The event, organized by the Institute for Supply Management – Central Indiana (ISM) and the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) is the first of its kind in Central Indiana.

CISCA recognizes the best people, projects and corporations dedicated to excellence in Supply Chain in Central Indiana. Supply Chain management is an essential part of business and those involved in the profession are extremely valuable to corporate America and to the manufacturing, logistics and service industries in our region.  CISCA was created to recognize supply chain professionals in Central Indiana who have shown innovation, perseverance, delivery of results and best practices to their businesses and/or organizations.

CISCA will attract more than 200 nominations from some of the top corporations in the area for recognition in a variety of categories including, Chief Procurement Officer of the Year, Professional Excellence Award, Innovation Excellence Award, Procurement Team Excellence Award, Top Supply Chain Professional, Rising Star in Supply Chain and Top Academic in Supply Chain, just to name a few.

Harold Wims, ISM Board Chair and Manager, Supply Management for MISO said, “It is imperative that we continue to develop and recognize the skills and achievements of our Supply Management professionals.  These individuals help organizations mitigate risks and continue to deliver value for corporate America.” ISM -Central Indiana provides opportunities, resources, and leadership for professional development, certification, and networking to advance the purchasing and supply management profession.  The organization has more than 160 members in Central Indiana and was recognized as one of the 2016 Affiliates of Excellence.

The partnering organization, Mid-States MSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and serves as a link between corporate supply chain/supplier diversity to assist them with identifying qualified minority vendors. “We are excited to partner with ISM to bring this recognition event to Central Indiana and to have BCforward, one of the largest minority businesses in the area as our title sponsor,” said Carolyn E. Mosby, Mid-States MSDC President/CEO.  “The individuals that work in supply chain ensure efficiency and the delivery of the best products and services to the end users and recognition for those dedicated professionals is long overdue.”

BCforward, the title sponsor is a global IT consulting and workforce fulfillment firm that provides services and resourcing for leading businesses and government organizations.  Justin Christian, CEO and founder said, “We are excited to sponsor the First Annual Central Indiana Supply Chain Awards together with ISM and Mid-States MSDC.  Recognizing Supply Chain professionals dedicated work to advance purchasing and supply chain management locally reinforces BCforward’s commitment to our local community and organizations tasked with enhancing a diverse economy benefitting all Hoosiers.”

Nominations for CISCA will open on March 1, 2018.  Interested individuals can visit the website to sign up to receive nomination information when it becomes available.


ISM-Central Indiana serves as a center of excellence in establishing and maintaining best-in class professional standards of competency and conduct for the Procurement profession and its members, in matters pertaining to research, education, and certification. ISM is the largest supply management association in the world and is known for its standards of excellence, research and education.


The primary mission of the Mid-States MSDC is to promote and cultivate successful minority enterprises within the Central Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Missouri business communities. The Mid-States MSDC serves as an advocate for the economic well-being and growth of certified MBEs, while also providing a direct connection for corporations who are committed to purchasing products and services from Mid-States MSDC-certified MBEs.

ABOUT BCforward

BCforward is a global IT consulting and workforce fulfillment firm that provides services and resourcing for leading businesses and government organizations. For 20 years they have helped clients achieve their strategic goals. Their strong culture and clear values have enabled BCforward to become a market leader and best in class place to work.