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  • Programs & Events
    • Board Fellows Program
    • Business Certificate Program
    • Minority Business Executive Program
    • Minority Business of the Year Awards
    • National Conference on Business Development
    • Student Consulting Program
    • Summer Internship Program
    • CEO Strategy Series
  • Students
    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate
  • Business & Community Connections
    • Advisory Board
    • Alumni
    • Tribal Business Development
  • Diversity Research
  • News & Publications
  • Social Media
  • Get Involved
  • Donate
  • Contact Us
    • BEDC Team
    • Contact Information
The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®) and the BEDC announced a partnership agreement to further the development of minority-owned businesses across the U.S. “This agreement will provide minority business enterprises a new opportunity at one of the country’s leading institutions that supports minority business development,” said NMSDC President Joset B. Wright.
Business and Economic Development Center

Since 1995, the Business and Economic Development Center at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business has engaged students in learning experiences that bolster the competitiveness of hundreds of minority-owned, women-owned and other small businesses. A win for students. A win for the economy. The results? More than $85 million in new revenue generated and more than 6,000 jobs created and retained across Washington state.

The bottom line: Diversity matters
Diversity is more important than ever in today's economy. There is a growing minority population and an explosion in women-owned and minority-owned businesses. The center prepares students and businesses for an increasingly diverse workplace.

Leading the way in diversity research
The center founded and hosts the National Diversity in Business Research Conference, publishes the nation's only state-wide minority business survey and funds innovative faculty research in minority and women business leadership.

Learn more about the Business and Economic Development Center: Download our 2-page overview, brochure, and 1-page volunteer opportunities announcement.


National Conference on Business Development in Under-Served CommunitiesGet details about the National Conference on Business Development in Under-Served Communities.
The 2013 Minority Business of the Year Awards will be held on December 5 this year, and nominations are now open! Please use our online survey to nominate an outstanding minority business. Nominations are due by August 1. Click here for Spanish version of the online survey.
Register now! The Tri-Cities Business Certificate Program provides business owners the opportunity to learn tools to enhance their managerial skills, accelerate business growth, and sharpen knowledge on business legal issues. Classes start September 9.
Visit our new Business School Resources page to access resources the BEDC has designed to aid other business schools in the development of programs that improve student learning and enhance performance of small businesses in underserved communities.