Houston, TX, May 31, 2004 - The Indo
American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston and the
Emerging Markets Group, Houston Technology Center
co-sponsored a Workshop by Richard A. Huebner, Executive
Director, Houston Minority Business Council (HMBC) on
"Certification and Making It Work For You!". The worshop
was on Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 at the Houston
The event was supported by the Fort Bend Chamber of
Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber
of Commerce, Native American Chamber of Commerce and the
Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Huebner
in his inimitable style helped the audience understand
the benefits of certification. He explained that once
certified companies need to go out and market themselves
and leverage their skills and success to help their
The HMBC was the 1989, 1999 and 2002 National Minority
Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) of the Year
For 30 years, the Houston Minority Business Council (HMBC)
has served as a resource for both minority business
enterprises (MBEs) and major corporations in the Houston
area that are committed to the expansion of procurement
and business opportunities for MBEs. Included in the
Council's membership are more than 220 major
corporations and over 1,000 MBEs. HMBC certified
minority businesses alone have created 43,000 jobs and
fueled our economy with over $6.3 billion in annual
Why Join? Why Should Minority
Business Enterprises (MBEs) Join the Council?
To gain direct access to supportive
representatives and key decision makers.
To take advantage of powerful
networking events, educational opportunities,
programs, services and benefits.
To utilize the HMBC business
To maintain an online bid database.
To utilize the NMSDC network for
To sustain financial assistance at
To utilize the subsidy programs in
order to facilitate MBE-to-MBE business.
To take advantage of affordable
To assist in developing programs
specifically geared towards opportunities for its
professional services firms.
To obtain the directory of corporate
To obtain the latest information on
government regulations and issues facing minority
HMBC Programs, Services, Benefits
Business Consortium Fund (BCF) - A
source of working capital providing loans from
$50,000 to $750,000 to certified members.
Business Opportunity Conferences -
Hosted by HMBC corporate members to present "Doing
Business With �." Opportunities.
Corporate Contact List - Provides a
list of current corporate members who are ready and
willing to share their results and procedures with
Educational Development - Activities
sponsored by the Education Committee to assist MBEs
in business practices, ethics and professionalism
necessary to compete in business.
Mentoring -An open, frank and honest
dialogue between major corporations and MBES to
assist in the development of minority-owned
MBE Business Executive Scholarships
- Scholarships assure the growth and development of
certified MBE firms by awarding scholarships of up
to $5,000 to active members.
MBE-to-MBE Networking - Created to
encourage MBE members to buy products and services
from each other.
MBE Guide to Membership Services - A
handy reference guide, also available on the
website, for buyers seeking to quickly locate
NMSDC Membership - Provides a direct
link between corporate America and minority-owned
businesses and works closely with affiliated
Regional Minority Supplier Development Councils to
provide and strengthen a nationwide information and
Network Newsletter - Circulation
over 2,000 mailed monthly to all corporate members
and certified MBEs.
Total Business Development Program -
Encourages MBEs to utilize HMBC professional service
firms by contributing up to $500 towards the cost of
Website - Access www.hmbc.org to
receive thorough HMBC information.