Relevance of The NMSDC to Minority Business in the 21st Century – Post No. 011508-2

Question of NMSDC

January 15, 2008

Kim Brown
Public Relations Department
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10018

Dear Ms. Brown:

SUBJECT: Relevance of the NMSDC to Minority Business in the 21st Century

In light of the changing political climate in our country, and the imminence of a our having a new President in the White House this time next year; our organization is attempting to make an informed decision in regards to the organizations we align with. With membership from Guam to Alaska, we have a base of 8(a), minority, and veteran small business owners, many of whom have been or are affiliated with your organization.

We have received a great amount of information on your organization, and been asked to publish the content and collateral on our weblog @ . However, we feel it would not be fair or responsible to publish anything without giving the NMSDC an opportunity to provide its own account.

Therefore, it is in this spirit that I am sending you the following questions, with the hope that your organization will answer them in a forthright and honest manner:

Q-1: What is your annual budget for 2008?
Q-2: What percentage of this budget is funded by your corporate membership?
Q-3: What are the salaries of your top executives, including Ms. Michel? What is the salary range for council President?
Q-4: Are your statements in regards to how much corporations spend/have spent annually with Minority Business independently audited? If so by whom?
Q-5: Why is detailed corporate – Minority business spend data not shared with the membership of the NMSDC and the public?
Q-6: Why do the local/regional chapters not provide annual detailed accounts of how dues and other revenues are spent to the local membership?
Q-7: Why does your organization not have a reciprocal membership agreement with the SBA 8(a) program or any other program that would prohibit small businesses from paying for duplicative certifications?
Q-8: Can you provide separate spend data to our organization for Veterans, White-women, African-American men & women, and Hispanic men & women, and other minorities; by industry sector and type of product or service for each of the last five years?
Q-9: Why is their no term-limit on how long executive and council presidencies can be held?
Q-10: What other metrics do you use to measure success within your organization, besides the aggregate annual spend number that is prominently displayed in your annual report?

We are requesting a response to these 10 questions by Tuesday, January 29th, 2008. If this will not be possible, please let me know. Please send your formal response to the following e-mail address: If you have any questions in regards to this request, I can be reached at 202 470.3257.


Rudy Sutherland, MBA

1 comment
  1. Hank Wilfong said:

    It’ll be interesting to see what how and whether NMSDC responds to several of the things you’ve requested. They have had an “interesting” history. While they have done some good, I feel that they could have done much more.

    Their interaction with the next Administration will tell a lot about their basic utility to the MBE community.


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