Why join GCMSDC?
Why join? If you’re a minority business enterprise, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your business prospects. By becoming a corporate member, you’ll have access to the most diverse minority businesses, both in products and services provided. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Whether you’re a minority business enterprise (MBE) or a corporation, there are many reasons for joining our organization.
The GCMSDC is the premier pre-eminent organization committed to building strategic alliances and substantially increasing the economic exchange between our Corporate Members and the local, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community. Corporate Membership is primarily made up of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and educational institutions based or operating in Arizona. Our Corporate Members have a commitment to identifying, developing and doing business with minority-owned businesses and diverse suppliers.
Overview of the Council’s Role in Arizona
The Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council was incorporated in 1993. It is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed by corporate, government, and civic leaders in response to an urgent need for minority businesses, statewide, to have access to competitive contract-bidding opportunities. Today, the Council, one of 37 regional councils, is recognized nationally through its affiliation with the National Minority Supplier Development Council.To meet the goal of its adjunct mission, the Council creates forums in which corporations can meet and develop business relationships that promote and facilitate business opportunities and contract awards for minority-owned companies. The Council serves as a conduit of information for bids and contract opportunities.
Some of the Council’s largest activities are its annual events such as the Awards Dinner & Dance, Golf Tournament, Business Summit/Trade Fair, and Membership Meeting/Holiday Reception. In addition, the Council monthly sponsors a host of activities such as: educational and networking luncheons, breakfasts, receptions; public and private sector meetings which are attended by hundreds of business leaders in the corporate, MBE, and resource development sectors. In addition to providing ongoing services and acting as a resource center for minority businesses, the GCMSDC can provide access to capital through its participation in the Business Consortium Fund, Inc.