KnowledgeStart is a high-impact workplace development company which, for the past eight years has specialized in Workplace Development Training for its U.S. and global clients. We are a leading provider of award-winning e-learning courses that maximize retention, increase collaboration, and improve competitive edge. Over the years we have excelled in enhancing organizational and individual productivity in topics such as Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Effectiveness, Affirmative Action/EEO, Generational Distinctions, Harassment Prevention, Business Ethics, and Substance Abuse Prevention. Through our unique insight and experiences training today's leading companies and agencies, we are proud to deliver innovative approaches to employee training, compliance, and outcome measurement software.

KnowledgeStart, Inc. has met the requirements for certification as a  Minority Business Enterprise as defined by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and as adopted by the Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE.

KnowledgeStart is proud to be certified as a Minority Owned Business. As a provider of content and resources that are directly related to the value that Diversity offers to an organization, KnowledgeStart truly appreciates and commends the efforts of our clients who aim to maintain a strong Supplier Diversity initiative. As a Certified Minority Owned Business, KnowledgeStart can help companies and organizations fulfill their need for supplier diversity.

Click here to see our MSDC Certification

Click here to see our Notice of Small Business Self-Certification


What is a Minority-owned business?
A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members.

"Minority group members" are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American.

Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

What is Supplier Diversity?
Supplier diversity is the proactive business process of sourcing products and services from previously under-used suppliers. This process helps to sustain and progressively transform a corporation's supply chain thus quantitatively reflecting the demographics of the community in which it operates by recording transactions with diverse suppliers.

Diverse- and women-owned business enterprises are among the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. economy. diverse-owned businesses generate an estimated $495 billion in annual revenue and employ nearly 4 million workers, while women-owned firms employ about 19 million people and generate $2.5 trillion in annual sales.

Veteran-Owned (VOB) and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB) are some of the most prominent group on the American entrepreneurial landscape and being sought after by corporate supplier diversity directors. There are over 25 million veterans in this country; or roughly 1 in 5 adult males. 1 in 7 small businesses are owned by a veteran.

Why is Supplier Diversity important?
Diversity is a key aspect of how your organization does business, and diverse suppliers are an important component of your diversity management model. It is important to have a supply base that is reflective of your diverse customer base. Your organization relies on the contributions of businesses that are owned by individuals of diverse backgrounds in order to deliver the best products, with the greatest value, to an increasingly diverse marketplace. Diverse suppliers that deliver effective product and service solutions have a positive impact on your customer relationships, the business community and the population at large.

What is the Government's role in Supplier Diversity?
The Government has a duty to ensure that its procurement practices are fair and open to diverse suppliers, and the current Equality duties mean that it is required to build race, gender and disability equality into its procurement processes. Companies that do business with the federal government must meet government-mandated supplier diversity requirements for subcontracting to small and minority-owned businesses.  If your company contracts to the federal government, it is important that you maintain a strong Supplier Diversity Program.

Who is NMSDC?
The Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE is one of 37 regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), one of the nation's leading business membership organizations. The NMSDC and its regional councils serve as a direct link between corporate America and minority owned businesses. 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 with member corporations which want to purchase goods and services. Most of America's largest and most successful MBEs are counted among NMSDC's 15,000 certified minority suppliers, including several companies with annual revenues in the billions of dollars.

Find the information you are looking for quickly and efficiently. Click on any of the quicktour links below to learn more.

Why KnowledgeStart?
Why do leading companies choose KnowledgeStart?
Core Employee E-Learning
Diversity, Inclusion & You will help set an effective foundation of awareness and skillsets for all of your employees.
Manager's Essentials
Our D&I Manager's Essentials is a powerful resource covering a variety of leadership responsibilities.
Employee Essentials
Leveraging dimensions of Diversity has never been easier. Our "micro-courses" help expedite the process in specific areas.
Sustainable Learning Programs
Our Sustainable Learning Programs will give you everything you need to keep Diversity & Inclusion at the forefront of your organization.

Join our group on LinkedIn            Call Toll Free: 877-650-0454 or send us an e-mail at:
Copyright © 2012 KnowledgeStart, Inc. All Rights Reserved