Welcome to The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum's (The MMBC Continuum) Website. The MMBC Continuum is an economic accelerator for stage II Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) that successfully connects diverse suppliers with the Mid-South’s largest corporations. If you are a minority or woman-owned business to business firm seeking to connect with major corporations or if you are a large corporation seeking to enhance your supplier diversity program and improve your supplier diversity spend with M/WBEs then you’ve connected to the right organization. We invite you to become a member. If you are a scalable M/WBE firm that has the capacity to grow jobs, then we can help position you to grow your revenues, train your workforce, form joint ventures, become a member of The MMBC Continuum and share best practices among many other valuable strategies.
As a large corporation, The MMBC Continuum can help you access scalable M/WBEs by industry, distribute and communicate your procurement opportunities via RFPs and RFQs, assist in formulating a written supplier diversity policy and program, form joint ventures with M/WBEs, formulate second tier M/WBE programs with your major national vendors and assist you in developing M/WBEs through your own developmental/incubator process. The MMBC Continuum also has an initiative to enhance and institutionalize your diversity and inclusion efforts. As the premier minority economic development organization in the mid-south, The MMBC Continuum creates innovative programs and services that produce results.
Please review our website to learn more about how we can assist you. Your membership in our organization is very important to us. On behalf the Board of Directors and Staff of The MMBC Continuum, The Uniform Certification Agency (UCA) and the MBDA Business Center, I welcome you to learn more about the many opportunities to grow, expand and thrive.
Jozelle Luster Booker
President & CEO
The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum) was established as a part of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce in 1973. In 1988, GOALS for Memphis, a think tank of Memphis executives, identified four strategic priorities for the future of Memphis. Minority economic development was one of those priorities. This renewed emphasis on minority development spurred resurgence in the Memphis Regional Purchasing Council, and in 1989, it became a self-sufficient free standing organization with an independent Board of Directors comprised of senior executives of member corporations.
Today, The MMBC Continuum serves as the Mid-South's foremost minority business development organization and is highly respected by the corporate community as a trusted source of knowledge and expertise.
The Mid-South Minority Business Council recently changed its name to The MMBC Continuum, to clearly reflect the continuous efforts of the organization to advance minority economic development.
The MMBC Continuum is considered the foremost economic development organization and is viewed as a valued strategic partner by municipalities, major corporations and community agency organizations fostering diversity and inclusion in the pursuit of M/WBE growth and all of its economic impacts.
The MMBC Continuum - The Organization
The MMBC Continuum is organized to provide professional customer service to its members. The Strategic Business Advisors (SBAs) are a key factor in the marketing of the organization's value added services. In addition to the Uniform Certification Agency (UCA) process, the Strategic Business Advisors have responsibility for a specific “Book of Business” consisting of minority and women business enterprise members from various industries. Each SBA is very familiar with the member through the assessment of their business and keeps abreast of the changing global competitive market and industry trends in order to provide added value to members.
MMBC Continuum Staff
Jozelle Luster Booker
President & CEO
Vice President and Director of Communications & Marketing
Director of Corporate & Administrative Services
Strategic Business Advisor
Lawrence Browder, Jr.
Manager of Member Registration
Program Manager for MBDA CARES Initiative
Director of Core Development