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Certification with the Northwest Mountain MSDC provides you with valuable resources to help your business grow and succeed. The Northwest Mountain MSDC can offer your business an excellent opportunity to meet with corporate buyers who are interested in working with qualified MBEs. We offer many formal and informal venues to meet with corporate buyers, learn about state and local opportunities, and expand your professional network. MBEs greatly benefit from being certified with the largest national organization whose certification is recognized uniformly by corporate America. Becoming certified also opens up opportunities and speeds up the sales process in a very competitive global market place.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC conducts an extensive business review of new and existing MBEs. This review, the Certification Process, is designed to insure compliance with the NMSDC member standards for certified minority business status. Certification by the Northwest Mountain MSDC is a nationally recognized NMSDC Certification and is honored nationwide.

Before you apply, attend our MBE Pre-Certification Orientation:

MBE Pre-Certification Orientation
First Thursday of the Month at 2 pm
320 Andover Park E. Suite #205
Tukwila, WA 98188

Where can you apply?

Contact: Nguyen Tang, Manager of MBE and Certification Services, for application and renewal instructions. 

Email: – Phone: (206) 575-7748


To become a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), your business must meet the following requirements. Both current and historical facts are considered in determining ownership qualifications and participation in the management and operations of the company.

  • Your business is a for-profit enterprise.
  • Your business is physically located in the United States or its trust territories.
  • Your business is at least 51% ethnic minority owned. Ethnic minority owned is defined as any business having owner(s) belonging to the following minority groups: African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander American (Asian-Indian included).
  • The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business are U.S. citizens.
  • The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business must be active in management and daily business operations.

Benefits of becoming a Certified Minority Supplier include:

  • Expanded business opportunities. More than two-thirds of MBEs confirm an increase in revenues as a result of partnership with Corporate Members.
  • Local, regional and national referrals of minority business to member corporations.
  • Exposure to about 3,600 leading national, regional and local companies.
  • Access to corporate buyers.
  • Listing in the Northwest Mountain MSDC and National Minority Supplier Development Council MBE computer database (MBISYS).
  • Participation in education programs and workshops to assist in personal and professional growth.
  • Opportunities to network with Corporate Members at various Northwest Mountain MSDC events and activities.
  • Second tier and MBE to MBE business opportunities.

How to Get Certified

Applying for MBE Certification at Northwest Mountain MSDC, consists of the steps below. The Certification process can take up to 90 days. View an illustration of the certification process.

  • Filling out the online Certification application. Certification starts with the online application. You may take as long as necessary to complete the application. Your information will be saved for your next session and is completely confidential.
  • Pay for your application fee. You may pay by credit card or send a check. The processing of your application will begin when payment is received.
  • Sending required documentation through postal mail. Northwest Mountain MSDC requires specific documents to complete the Certification process. The documentation must be sent through postal mail. The processing of your application will begin when ALL required documents have been submitted.
  • Application and documents are reviewed for completeness.
  • Conducting Site Visit. Northwest Mountain MSDC will perform a site visit to review your business premises and conduct a personal interview of the owner(s). This step is performed by a Certification Specialist and the applicant.
  • Committee Review. The Certification Committee meets regularly to review applications for MBE Certification. The Certification Committee must approve the application before it can be submitted to the Board for final approval.
  • Board Review. The Board will review the Certification Committee's recommendation and make the final decision. If the Board rejects the application, you may submit a letter of appeal. If approved, you will be notified by e-mail and postal mail.