Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 39 regional councils across the country. There are 3, 500 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America's largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 15, 000 minority owned businesses ( Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American ) with member corporations which want to purchase goods and services. The Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council ( TSMSDC ), established in 1984, is one of the 39 councils nationwide that link corporations with minority owned businesses. Locally, we serve more than 100 major corporations and approximately 300 minority businesses in Southern Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. TSMSDC offers its members and clients an extensive integrated network of resources. For our corporations, we serve as a source of contact and information. In addition, we help member corporations identify certified minority business enterprises, and provide assistance in developing and implementing minority supplier development programs. We assist minority business enterprises ( MBEs ) in establishing valuable business contacts and offer a wide range of services to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.