GMSDC Certifies Minority-Owned Businesses in Georgia


Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)

Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Avacend Inc. provides a full range of human resource services, including background and drug screening, orientation, and payroll. The company can accommodate staffing and HR needs in the IT, core telecom networking, and professional services disciplines. Avacend Inc. is also a member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) certifies minority-owned businesses in the state of Georgia. The rigorous certification process includes an online application requiring submission of business documents, which may include a business history; business filings; bylaws and amendments; business ownership agreements; resumes, IDs, and birth certificates for all business principals; and proof of liability insurance. Once the application is approved, the GMSDC will conduct a site visit, during which the business owners are personally interviewed. The entire process may take up to three months.

The GMSDC certifies businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by a minority business owner. Owners must also be US citizens, and the business must be a for-profit enterprise based in the United States. Once certified, GMSDC businesses receive access to education, training, and support to help them expand. They also benefit from partnership opportunities with other minority-owned businesses and invitations to participate in business opportunity fairs.