WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc.), The Voice for Women in Business in our Nation’s Capital is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations. Through WIPP, our collective voice makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.
NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.), headquartered in New York City, is an organization comprised of a network of 37 affiliate regional councils across the country (including SCMBDC), all of whom provide minority business certification and business development opportunities. Since 1972, the goal of NMSDC has been to provide the direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. NMSDC has over 3,500 corporate members and more than 15,000 certified minority owned businesses in its network.
WBENC (The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its national standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.
MMBC (The Mid-South Minority Business Council), was established as a part of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce in 1973. In 1988, GOALS for Memphis, a think tank of Memphis executives, identified four strategic priorities for the future of Memphis. Minority economic development was one of those priorities. This renewed emphasis on minority development spurred resurgence in the Memphis Regional Purchasing Council, and in 1989, it became a self-sufficient free standing organization with an independent Board of Directors comprised of senior executives or member corporations.
GoDBE (The Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise), is the central point of contact to attract and assist minority owned, women owned, service-disabled veteran owned and small business enterprises. The goal of this office is to increase the number of certified minority, women owned, small business and service-disabled veteran owned businesses desiring to compete successfully in state procurement activity.
BAO (Business Assistance Office), Certified “Small Business Concern” by the Metro Nashville Minority and Small Business Assistance Program The BAO administers Metro’s Small Business Program and the Procurement Non-discrimination Program which are designed to increase small and disadvantaged business participation in Metro procurements. The BAO consists of a talented team of professionals with several years of experience, dedicated to both assisting small and disadvantaged businesses in becoming ready to do business with the City of Nashville as well as monitoring overall contract performance including small business utilization. The growth and development of small and disadvantaged businesses is important to Nashville regional economy. The BAO works to support that growth and development through the provision of business development and contract compliance services.
ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association), When you join ISSA, the world’s most recognized cleaning association, you become a member of a global community of more than 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and manufacturer representative companies.
BBB (Better Business Bureau), is the authority on trust in the marketplace. BBB sets and upholds high standards for ethical marketplace behavior. BBB accreditation is a coveted honor earned by elite businesses and charities. BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities. Our free BBB Reliability Reports and BBB Wise Giving Reports help you make the right purchasing or donation decision. BBB is also a significant distributor of consumer and business education information and tips and alerts about marketplace scams. And BBB offers dispute resolution programs for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints.
D&B (Dun & Bradstreet), is the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence® for 170 years. D&B’s global commercial database contains more than 195 million business records. The database is enhanced by D&B’s proprietary DUNSRight® Quality Process, which provides our customers with quality business information. This quality information is the foundation of our global solutions that customers rely on to make critical business decisions.
NACC (Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce), Since 1847, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has been working for Middle Tennessee businesses. The Chamber is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity. The Nashville Area Chamber is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member businesses in 10 counties (Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Cheatham, Robertson, Wilson, Sumner, Williamson, Rutherford and Maury).