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Program history

The University of Washington is well positioned to offer a program such as this due to our Consulting & Business Development Center. For ten years, the Center has linked students, faculty, and staff from the UW Foster School of Business with a racially and ethnically diverse business and nonprofit community to expand students’ knowledge and skills, help small businesses grow, create and retain jobs, open educational opportunities for under-represented minority students, and stimulate innovative economic development research.

Executive Education and the Consulting & Business Development Center have created a strategic partnership with the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMSDC) to launch the Minority Business Executive (MBE) Program which has been designed to increase the competitiveness of Minority Business Enterprises.

For more than 30 years, NWMSDC has been an advocate for minority businesses by working with corporations and public agencies that understand the importance of having a diverse supply base that reflects their customers, as well as today’s global economy. The organization currently serves the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.

A major component in launching the MBE Program is the generous financial support from our Founding Corporate Partners: The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Zones. Their financial support and expertise allowed for the development, specialization and launch of this program. The Foster School of Business wishes to acknowledge and thank them for their support.