January 15, 2008
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 @ www.8vsb.wordpress.com . 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions in regards to this request, I can be reached at 202 470.3257.
Rudy Sutherland, MBA