Joins nearly 16,000 NMSDC-Certified MBEs with National Certification

DETROIT, August 7, 2013, — RENEE WALKER & ASSOCIATES, a strategy and communications consultancy firm, today announced that it has received national certification as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise by the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council, a regional certifying partner of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.  One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

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 36 regional councils certify and match more than 16,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products and services.

“MBE certification is a significant achievement for minority-owned businesses,” said Renée T. Walker, APR, president of RENEE WALKER & ASSOCIATES LLC.” “This is another noteworthy and rewarding milestone for my recently established consultancy firm and will enable its continued growth through MMSDC support and resources.”


RENEE WALKER & ASSOCIATES is a strategy and communications consultancy firm that assists private, public and nonprofit organizations — from growth-stage startups to global organizations — achieve their business and communication goals. RW&A services include strategy formation, competitiveness and positioning, brand and marketing strategy, advocacy, corporate and crisis communications, litigation public relations, corporate identity, reputation and issue management. Visit for more information.


The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. The MMSDC advances this mission by facilitating over $20 billion annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and develops capacity for minority business development. The Michigan Council has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as ‚Regional Council of the Year‚ three times since 2007 for its work in promoting minority business development.

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