Kirstein Business Library

Second Floor, McKim Building, Central Library, 617-859-2142

Business Certification

Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council
The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (NEMSDC), formerly known as the New England Minority Purchasing Council (NEMPC), was founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1975 as a nonprofit organization. The founders were a small group of minority business owners and purchasing managers from major New England corporations who wanted to develop an organization to facilitate the entry of minority firms into the mainstream economy. Today the Council is an association of 350 certified suppliers and close to 100 corporations and institutions.

Small and Local Business Enterprise Office
The mission of the Small and Local Business Enterprise Office (S/LBE) is to create economic opportunity by certifying the availability of small business enterprises, small Boston-based business enterprises, and also minority-owned and woman-owned business enterprises, to City departments and advocating on behalf of these businesses to help them compete successfully for City contracts, as well as in the Boston area’s economy as a whole. Once certified, the companies will be placed in the S/LBE Directory, which is distributed free of charge to all City departments, agencies, general contractors, private sector businesses, and organizations.

Small Business Administration
To certify online for the SBA’s 8(a) program go to . Email “hotlines’ are listed . For more information about the 8(a), see . To learn more about the 8(a), or HUB Zone programs, contact the SBA Boston District office at 617-565-5590.

SOMWBA (State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance)
SOMWBA is an agency within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that helps to promote the development of business enterprises and non-profit organizations owned or operated by minorities and women. For an overview of SOMWBA’s certification process, see this link . SOMWBA also publishes the Opportunity Connect newsletter which includes bidding opportunites.

WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council)
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works in partnership with women’s business organizations located throughout the country to provide a national standard of certification for women-owned businesses. If your business is 51% women owned, managed and controlled, you could qualify for this vital certification. To learn more, attend a “WBENC Information Session” at the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) in Boston, MA or call Ryann Price, CWE’s Certification specialist at 617-523-0224.