Supplier Diversity

Commitment to Diversity

MBS is an Alaska Native-owned company; certified as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program; certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) in the Federal Government's SDB program and certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). MBS provides IT professional services, data center consolidation, software services, and cloud transformation service.

MBS brings a rich mix of talent, competence and experience to the procurement process. As a diversity supplier, MBS is well informed, holds a successful track record and is accomplished in utilizing technology, business processes and Best Practices. This performance has led us to best-in-industry client retention rates. Furthermore, MBS understands the standards, time and meticulous detail required by large primes and business partners.

Our approach is to treat each opportunity as a bridge for a longer term relationship. As a partner, MBS seeks to be an integral partner in offering solutions for diversity supply.

Explanation of Terms

ANC = Alaska Native-Owned Corporations & 8(a) Certified

The combination of Alaska Native[1] ownership and 8(a) certification by the Small Business Administration [2] affords MBS special consideration in federal government contract procurement as defined by Federal law and the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

As a SBA certified 8(a) Alaska Native-owned company, MBS can:

- Receive Federal Contract set-asides
- Receive Sole Source Awards with no competition, no   advertisement and no protest
- Receive Sole Source Contracts regardless of the dollar   amount
- Reduce procurement process time

[1] Sealaska Corporation is the Regional Native Corporation of Southeast Alaska formed under federal law in 1971.

[2] The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program which was established by congress assists the development of small companies owned and operated by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

SBA = Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

8(a) = 8(a) Business Development Program
An SBA program for small concerns owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons.  Firms admitted to the program can receive Federal contracts designated for 8(a) Business Development Program participants, as well as management and technical assistance. 

SDB = Small Disadvantaged Business Certification
While the 8(a) Business Development Program (above) offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged concerns, SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in Federal procurement.  8(a) concerns automatically qualify for SDB certification.  SBA certifies SDBs to make them eligible for special bidding benefits.  Evaluation credits available to prime contractors boost subcontracting opportunities for SDBs.  

NMSDC = National Minority Supplier Development Council

Provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses 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 38 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 institutio

ns. 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. 
Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council

Northwest MNSDC

The Northwest Minority Business Council (NMSDC) provides certification for minority-owned businesses located in 

Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska. This is MBS’ regional council.